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Contact: Adhara King


Monday 19 September 2011 Saturday October 15th, 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first United States Peace Corps volunteers to Saint Lucia.


In celebration of half a century of grass roots community service, the peace corps in Saint Lucia have planned a number of activities.


Associate Peace Corps Director, Sharmon Jules, says the intention is to honour the past, highlight their work and effectiveness and inspire the next generation of volunteers.


At the beginning of the week, the peace corps facilitated a community service activity in Soufriere, where they repainted the town's public library.

“On Thursday September 22, we will be hosting a reception at Government House. Basically the purpose is to honour our volunteers- both past and present; our staff members, and the numerous organizations that have worked with us over the 50 year legacy.”

During the past 50 years, Jules says, over 800 men and women from the US have lived and worked in Saint Lucia to help improve the lives of men, women and children.


They have worked in agriculture, education, health and human services, Jules continued, serving in government ministries and assisting non-governmental organizations, in addition to their primary activities at the community level.


“We'll end with another community service activity in Vieux-Fort on Saturday September 24th. We will be doing a clean up of the Sandy Beach area. This we will do in collaboration with the Southern Chapter of the Saint Lucia National Trust, and we are also pleased to have the collaboration of the Japanese Volunteers, Taiwanese Volunteers and the Caribbean Youth Network.”


Saint Lucia was the second country in the world to receive volunteers, Jules says, and today it is recognized as the longest continual Peace Corps operation in the organization’s history. 


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