Peace Corps Peru: 2002

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The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.

Sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile, Peru is a large and diverse country. Its unique environmental variations include the arid coastal desert, the Andean Mountains and valleys, and the Amazonian tropical forests. With so many ecosystems and climatic zones, Peru is a country rich in biodiversity, with many rare species of flora and fauna. The country is home to approximately 25 million people of various cultures. The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.[1]

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2002

2002: Peru RPCV Albert Pagano, 71, of Vineland died in South Jersey

Born in Newfield, Mr. Pagano was a lifelong resident of Vineland. Albert was co-owner of Pagano Construction Co. in Vineland for many years. He was a 1949 graduate of Vineland High School. He was an alumni of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., and the Great Books Program, class of 1960. He volunteered and served in the Peace Corps from 1960 to 1962 in Lima, Peru. He was a Navy Seabees from 1951 to 1955. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: The Daily Journal. "Albert Pagano, 71" January 23, 2002.


2002: U.S. Peace Corps to Heed President Bush's Call for Volunteers

President Bush is to be commended for his strong emphasis on volunteerism in his State of the Union speech last night and, in particular, his support of Peace Corps volunteers. For more than 40 years, Peace Corps volunteers have worked overseas at the grassroots level with the goal of promoting world peace and friendship by helping to train individuals in their host countries, educating them about Americans, and upon return to the United States, helping to educate Americans about the countries in which they served. As the President relayed in his message and consistent with the safety and security of each volunteer, Peace Corps will expand its presence worldwide. There is a demand for Peace Corps volunteers throughout the world and an enormous interest on the part of Americans to serve overseas. We are in agreement with the President to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers over the next five years. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: US State Department. "U.s. Peace Corps To Heed President Bush's Call For Volunteers" January 30, 2002.


2002: Bush to visit Peru and El Salvador next month

Bush will visit Peru on March 23 to meet with President Alejandro Toledo, then travel to El Salvador for a meeting with President Francisco Flores the following day, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Thursday. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Boston Herald. "Bush To Visit Peru And El Salvador Next Month" February 7, 2002.


2002: President Bush plans trip to Peru in March

Bush is to travel to Lima, Peru, on March 23 and San Salvador on March 24 after he attends the International Conference on Financing for Development, a conference sponsored by the United Nations in Monterrey, Mexico. "Peruvians over the last year have reaffirmed strongly their commitment to democratic principles and have shown leadership in promoting these principles throughout the Inter-American region," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. In Peru, Bush is to meet with President Alejandro Toledo to discuss free trade and efforts to blunt narcotics trafficking. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: San Antonio Express News. "Bush Adds Peru, Salvador To Trip" February 8, 2002.


2002: Peace Corps to send volunteers to Peru and East Timor

Through the USA Freedom Corps effort, President Bush seeks to strengthen the Peace Corps as an organization and offer the talent of Peace Corps volunteers to new countries around the world. Doubling the Size of the Peace Corps: There are currently 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 70 countries around the world. President Bush pledged to double the size of the Peace Corps over the next five years -- bringing the Peace Corps close to its peak enrollment levels of the mid-1960s. Increasing the Number of Countries Where Peace Corps Members Serve: President Bush will work to expand opportunities for American volunteers to serve in countries where the Peace Corps does not currently have a presence and where the needs for Peace Corps assistance may be great. This includes expanding Peace Corps service in Islamic countries. Within the next 6 months, a number of countriesincluding East Timor and Peruwill welcome Peace Corps volunteers. And, over the next two months, Peace Corps volunteers will be returning to the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in Central Asia. Peace Corps assessment teams will be sent to countries like Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Swaziland and Chad to evaluate opportunities for service. Sending Crisis Corps Members to Assist the Rebuilding of Afghanistan: An assessment team of Peace Corps staff members and experienced Peace Corps volunteerspart of the Crisis Corps programwill travel to Afghanistan within weeks to evaluate opportunities for the Peace Corps to assist the Afghan people in rebuilding. Expediting Applications for Peace Corps Volunteers: President Bush also called for streamlining the application process for Peace Corps volunteers, as well as improving the management, information technology and other skills and training to expand opportunities for today's Peace Corps members. Since President Bush announced his USA Freedom Corps initiative on January 29, more than 2,775 potential Peace Corps volunteers have started applications and almost 7,000 men and women have contacted the Peace Corps to ask about volunteering. The Peace Corps estimates that there has been a 300% increase in volunteer interest. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: White House Press Release. "Fact Sheet: The President's Commitment To Strengthening The Peace Corps" February 15, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Hank Finken performs one man plays

Performer, published author, and playwright, Mr. Hank Fincken has written and produced 12 original plays and published 25 stories. He has enchanted his audiences, not only across the United States, but in South America as well. Hank has the distinction of being named “Master Artist” by the Indiana Arts Commission, as well as receiving the “Achievement and Service Award” by the Indiana Theatre Association. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Personal Web Site. "Hank Fincken" February 21, 2002.


2002: President Bush announces return of Peace Corps to Peru

Bush announced plans to revive the Peace Corps, a venerated symbol of American largesse, with his signing of an agreement to reintroduce the agency to Peru after an absence of 27 years. “The first volunteers will arrive in August, a symbol of the stronger ties between our people and the stronger relationship between our nations,” Bush told a news conference with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. The agency first opened a program in Peru in 1962 but was expelled in 1975 by Peru’s then-military government. More than 2,000 American volunteers worked in Peru during those 13 years in development projects linked with education, agriculture, small businesses and social infrastructure. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: MSNBC. "Bush Arrives In Crisis-Stricken Peru" March 23, 2002.


2002: Renewal of Peace Corps Program in Peru

President Bush is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the Peace Corps program in Peru, after a 27-year hiatus. Peruvian President Toledo, who requested the program's return in December 2001, has a special connection to Peace Corps: Peace Corps volunteers helped him win a scholarship to study in the United States. Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez and Peruvian Foreign Minister Diego Garcia-Sayan will formalize the agreement in a signing ceremony during the President's visit to Peru on March 23. The Peace Corps will open the program with an initial group of approximately ten volunteers who will transfer to Peru from Spanish-speaking posts in mid-August. An additional ten volunteers will arrive in Lima in November to begin their training. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: US Department of State. "Renewal Of Peace Corps Program In Peru" March 24, 2002.


2002: Bush touts reestablishment of the Peace Corps in Peru

Among the panoply of bilateral initiatives that Bush touted here was the reestablishment of the Peace Corps in Peru--27 years after its presence was ended by an anti-U.S. regime. The first of the Peace Corps volunteers are expected back in August, Bush said. Toledo has a personal connection to the program: Years ago, Peace Corps volunteers helped him win a scholarship to study in the United States. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: LA Times. "President Discusses Trade In Tense Peru Talks With Toledo Also Focus On Drugs And Peace While Authorities Break Up Protests. Critics At Home Say U.s. Leader Is Pandering To Latinos." March 24, 2002.


2002: Cuerpo de Paz: prioridad a la salud y agricultura

"En Estados Unidos, para los voluntarios que conocen la historia del presidente Alejandro Toledo, él es una gran inspiración, porque refleja las mejoras que hizo el programa en las vidas de las personas, la comunidad y el país. Cuando realizamos trabajos, no esperamos ver resultados inmediatos. Para los voluntarios familiarizados con el trabajo en el Perú en años pasados y que ven que una de las personas que recibió sus servicios y asistencia es el presidente del Perú, esto constituye un gran orgullo. Significa que hubo un impacto positivo y se ofrece una gran oportunidad para verificar que este trabajo es edificante." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: El Peruano. "Cuerpo De Paz: Prioridad A La Salud Y Agricultura" March 25, 2002.


2002: Daniela Vaughan es una candidata a voluntaria del Cuerpo de Paz

Daniela Vaughan, de 22 años de edad, es una candidata a voluntaria del Cuerpo de Paz y dijo que se siente un poquito nerviosa y a la vez feliz porque va a compartir sus experiencias con los moradores de la comunidad de Cabuya, en la provincia de Veraguas. Daniela estudió Biología del Ambiente en una universidad de New York y mientras estudiaba vivía cómodamente en un apartamento con aire acondicionado, energía eléctrica y agua potable. Pero por espacio de dos años, esta joven cambiará su estilo de vida, ahora vivirá en una casa de barro, con piso de tierra, sin electricidad ni agua potable. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: La Prensa. "Una Cultura Al Servicio De La Paz" March 25, 2002.


2002: Ecuador RPCV Frank Shoemaker writes: Rubber Boots

I have friends in jail because of drugs; I have lost friends to drug abuse. The supply of drugs in the United States has not changed one iota no matter how many people are in jail or die from the disease of addiction; no matter how many people are killed in whatever country. This issue alone has an enormous impact on the health and well being of our children of Southwest Neraska. Columbia and the policies of the United States towards that country seem far away from us in Southwest Nebraska, but their impact is significant.��When I was living in the jungle in 1972, the rubber boots didn’t seem very important to a young Peace Corps volunteer just out of college. The mother and her child are dead, the Columbian college kid is probably dead, and maybe you have a son who’s in jail or who has died from the disease of addiction. Albert Einstein said, “Our actions should be based on the ever-present awareness that human beings in their thinking, feeling, and acting are not free but are just as causally bound as the stars in their motion.” Vietnam started in this same way, that is, starting with military advisers, then increasing military aid through different administrations, and finally an all out invasion. It’s not the cold war you say; its different somehow you say. Maybe. It is interesting to note that now that a few years have passed, the Vietnamese want to do business with us. If you would like more information, you can go to a search engine on the web (I used www.google.com) and type in key words such as FARC; if you would like to know how we treated drug addiction in the past, a study of the Harrison Drug Act of 1915 and why it was passed might be interesting. Southwest Nebraska is a great place to live, and I suspect that there are many stories like mine that local residents living in this part of Nebraska have hidden away like secret treasures. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Southwest Nebraska News. "Rubber Boots, A Commentary By Frank Shoemaker" April 4, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Vicki Huddleston is Top US Diplomat in Cuba

Earlier in her career, she was chief of the Economic Sections in Sierra Leone and in Mali. She has worked in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the Office of Mexican Affairs, and as Country Desk Officer for Bolivia. In 1988-1989, while working for Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, she drafted the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) legislation which became law in 1990. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, she worked in Peru and Brazil for the American Institute for Free Labor Development. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, she organized the financing for the two housing cooperatives in Arequipa. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: CNN. "Peru Rpcv Vicki Huddleston Is Top Us Diplomat In Cuba" May 17, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Joan LaLiberte raises a wolf cross at her church rectory

Singer is a domestic-bred dog, even hand-fed as a baby by a breeder. His parents, LaLiberte said, were also domestic-bred despite their wolfish background. Singer even has a few drops of German Shepherd in him, classifying him as a wolf cross rather than a full-blooded wolf. "Being captive-bred, he’s more like a dog than a wolf," LaLiberte explained. And that means he spends his days tagging along after his master when he’s in the house. The "alpha male" defers to the wishes of his mate, Ptchee, who gets the head of the bed next to Mom at night and the best dog biscuits at snack time. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Sullivan County Democrat. "Meet Callicoon's Newest Resident" May 28, 2002.


2002: Empty-handed

Bush did, however, spring one surprise: the return of the Peace Corps to Peru after a 27-year absence. The volunteer corps, which the U.S. president says will “teach that we’re a loving country, that we care deeply about the citizens of the world,” left Peru amid anti-U.S. sentiment during a leftist military government. By August, Peru should see the first of about 150 Peace Corps volunteers who will serve in the Andean nation through 2003. Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo welcomed the corps’ return. But a Peruvian journalist had a different reaction at a news conference with Bush: “You are in a region now that has been devastated by terrorism and subversion and drug trafficking for more than three decades and you are offering us the Peace Corps?” Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Latin Trade. "Empty-Handed" June 1, 2002.


2002: Peruvian President to Open Returned Peace Corps Anniversary Conference

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo Manrique will deliver the keynote address to officially open the 40 Plus One anniversary conference of the Peace Corps at 9 a.m., June 21 at the DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D Streets, NW. President Toledo has been a friend of the Peace Corps since early Peru volunteers stayed with his family in the 1960s. He will be introduced by two of those volunteers, Joel Meister and Nancy Deeds Meister, said Dane Smith, president of the National Peace Corps Association, sponsor of the conference/reunion that will last through Sunday. "The participation of President Toledo testifies to the enduring legacy of Peace Corps volunteers in 135 countries around the world," Smith said. "We are pleased he could be with us to share his personal and his country's ties with Peace Corps." More than 1,600 returned volunteers have registered to participant in the conference. � Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: US Newswire. "Peruvian President To Open Returned Peace Corps Anniversary Conference" June 17, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Jack Hoffbuhr remembers Safety and Security of Andean Buses

"It was during my Peace Corps days high in the Peruvian Andes. My partner and I were working in the very small villages of that area building water systems, roads, and schools. It just so happened that Che Guevara's minions were also in the same area recruiting and taking anything that wasn't nailed down. But because we pretty much looked and smelled like everyone else, they left us alone." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: American Water Works Association Journal . "The Three C's" July 1, 2002.


2002: Update: Jack Hoffbuhr remembers Safety and Security in Peru during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru in the 1960's

"It was during my Peace Corps days high in the Peruvian Andes. My partner and I were working in the very small villages of that area building water systems, roads, and schools. It just so happened that Che Guevara's minions were also in the same area recruiting and taking anything that wasn't nailed down. But because we pretty much looked and smelled like everyone else, they left us alone. The only transportation to a real town, where one could find hot water, cold beer, and something to eat besides guinea pigs, was a combination bus and truck called a mixto. People went up front, and pigs and chickens were in the rear. When our financial resources were thin, we joined the livestock. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: American Water Works Association Journal . "The Three C's" July 1, 2002.


2002: Peace Corps arrives in Peru in one Month

El primer grupo de voluntarios del Cuerpo de Paz de los Estados Unidos llegará a Lima en agosto próximo en el marco de los acuerdos de cooperación anunciados por el presidente George Bush durante su última visita al Perú. El anuncio lo hizo el jueves el embajador de los Estados Unidos en Lima, John R. Hamilton, durante la celebración por los 226 años de independencia del vecino país del norte. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: El Comercio. "Cuerpo De Paz Llegará A Lima En Un Mes" July 5, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Joan LaLiberte brings a Part of the West with Her

To date, the wolf has proved to be a teaching and a pastoral opportunity for the parish. Thus far, the law rather than the parish and the local residents has presented the only serious problem. Unlike the state of Idaho, where wild four-footed carnivores are a bit more commonplace, New York State rather severely regulates the ownership of a wolf. At the present time, only LaLiberte is allowed near Singer, so that although Singer and Pt’chee come in the house at night, during the day they are confined to their run alongside the rectory. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: The Episcopal New Yorker. "New Rector Brings A Part Of The West With Her To Callicoon" September 1, 2002.


2002: Peruvian President Meets Peace Corps Director

During President Toledo’s historic visit to the Peace Corps’ headquarters, he will share with agency staffers personal details of the crucial role that Peace Corps volunteers played in his young life. In 1963, President Toledo, then an adolescent shoe shine boy, developed a lasting friendship with Peace Corps Volunteers Joel Meister and Nancy Deeds. After Toledo graduated from high school, Meister and Deeds helped him gain admission to San Francisco City College and later, San Francisco State University. Subsequently, the future Peruvian President would earn a scholarship for graduate studies at Stanford University. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Peace Corps. "Peruvian President Meets Peace Corps Director" September 12, 2002.


2002: Peruvian President Visits Peace Corps

President Toledo had first expressed his desire to reopen Peru’s doors to the Peace Corps during his Inaugural Address in 2001. After a 27-year hiatus, Peace Corps volunteers recently returned to the Andean nation. By the end of 2002 at least two dozen volunteers will work in the Peruvian regions of Ancash, Cajamarca and Piura in small business development projects and rural health education. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Peace Corps Press Release. "Peruvian President Visits Peace Corps" September 14, 2002.


2002: RPCV George Humbert leads Missouri presbytery's Joining Hands Against Hunger Mission to Peru

The Rev. George Humbert, the chair of the presbytery's JHAH network, told the Presbyterian News Service that "a pretty scary situation" resulted in "a stronger commitment by us and our Peruvian partners to right the wrongs being done in La Oroya." Over the next few days, the Peruvian and U.S. activists met with a number of Peruvian national officials to demand respect for Peruvians' rights, and the Peruvian Congress launched an investigation of the environmental degradation of La Oroya and the health problems of its children. A Peruvian national TV program called Contrapunto - the Peruvian equivalent of "60 Minutes" - broadcast a lengthy segment titled "Children of Lead." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: WFN. "Missouri Presbyterians' Confrontation In Peru" October 16, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Richard Muirhead leads Rotary Club that works with Center of Friendship in Arequipa Peru

Richard Muirhead, director of international studies at Mount Mary College, has visited Arequipa often. He served in Peru during a stint in the Peace Corps and his wife, Isabel, is originally from Arequipa. This summer, students from Mount Mary will travel to Arequipa to do volunteer work at Busuttil's mission, Muirhead said. The West Allis Rotary Club has had a close relationship with the Arequipa Rotarians, including Busuttil, for the past several years. In July 2001, a delegation from Arequipa visited West Allis, taking in the city's Fourth of July parade and other events, and staying in the homes of local Rotarians. At that time, the West Allis club donated $2,000 to assist the Peruvian town as it recovered from a devastating earthquake. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: West Allis Star . "Circle Of Friends Rotary Members Among Those To Embrace Peruvian Town" October 18, 2002.


2002: Peru RPCV Warren Roberts heads arboretum at UC Davis

Roberts has a bachelor's degree in landscape horticulture and a master's degree in horticulture, both from UC Davis. He also spent some time in Peru with the Peace Corps, traveled throughout Europe and taught horticulture and botany at Cal Poly Pomona before signing on as arboretum superintendent in 1972. The arboretum, 110-plus acres, follows the slightly meandering path of Putah Creek for about two miles through the Davis campus and easily contains 4,000 plants. In the early days of Roberts' tenure, the arboretum more closely fit the classic definition of a collection of trees and other plants for research or study. Roberts not only helped design plantings, he wielded a shovel. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Sacramento Bee. "On The Job: He's Cultivated A First-Rate Arboretum At Uc Davis" December 2, 2002.


References

  1. Peace Corps Web Site. "Peru" 2008.
  2. The Daily Journal. "Albert Pagano, 71" January 23, 2002.
  3. US State Department. "U.s. Peace Corps To Heed President Bush's Call For Volunteers" January 30, 2002.
  4. Boston Herald. "Bush To Visit Peru And El Salvador Next Month" February 7, 2002.
  5. San Antonio Express News. "Bush Adds Peru, Salvador To Trip" February 8, 2002.
  6. White House Press Release. "Fact Sheet: The President's Commitment To Strengthening The Peace Corps" February 15, 2002.
  7. Personal Web Site. "Hank Fincken" February 21, 2002.
  8. MSNBC. "Bush Arrives In Crisis-Stricken Peru" March 23, 2002.
  9. US Department of State. "Renewal Of Peace Corps Program In Peru" March 24, 2002.
  10. LA Times. "President Discusses Trade In Tense Peru Talks With Toledo Also Focus On Drugs And Peace While Authorities Break Up Protests. Critics At Home Say U.s. Leader Is Pandering To Latinos." March 24, 2002.
  11. El Peruano. "Cuerpo De Paz: Prioridad A La Salud Y Agricultura" March 25, 2002.
  12. La Prensa. "Una Cultura Al Servicio De La Paz" March 25, 2002.
  13. Southwest Nebraska News. "Rubber Boots, A Commentary By Frank Shoemaker" April 4, 2002.
  14. CNN. "Peru Rpcv Vicki Huddleston Is Top Us Diplomat In Cuba" May 17, 2002.
  15. Sullivan County Democrat. "Meet Callicoon's Newest Resident" May 28, 2002.
  16. Latin Trade. "Empty-Handed" June 1, 2002.
  17. US Newswire. "Peruvian President To Open Returned Peace Corps Anniversary Conference" June 17, 2002.
  18. American Water Works Association Journal . "The Three C's" July 1, 2002.
  19. American Water Works Association Journal . "The Three C's" July 1, 2002.
  20. El Comercio. "Cuerpo De Paz Llegará A Lima En Un Mes" July 5, 2002.
  21. The Episcopal New Yorker. "New Rector Brings A Part Of The West With Her To Callicoon" September 1, 2002.
  22. Peace Corps. "Peruvian President Meets Peace Corps Director" September 12, 2002.
  23. Peace Corps Press Release. "Peruvian President Visits Peace Corps" September 14, 2002.
  24. WFN. "Missouri Presbyterians' Confrontation In Peru" October 16, 2002.
  25. West Allis Star . "Circle Of Friends Rotary Members Among Those To Embrace Peruvian Town" October 18, 2002.
  26. Sacramento Bee. "On The Job: He's Cultivated A First-Rate Arboretum At Uc Davis" December 2, 2002.
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