28 June 2007

Liberia: Peace Corps Crisis Group Meets Ellen

An assessment team from the United States Peace Corp - Crisis Corp Unit on Monday paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to acquaint the President with the team's week-long visit to Liberia.

While in the country, the team will evaluate potential programs and sites for Crisis Corps Volunteers, a program with the Peace Corps that mobilizes Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, to provide short-term humanitarian services to countries worldwide.

The head of the team, Mary Angelini, informed the President that there is great enthusiasm among former Peace Corp Volunteers to return to Liberia to render their services in the reconstruction of the country. She expressed appreciation for the President's efforts in working towards the return of the Peace Corps to Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf, according to an Executive Mansion release, thanked the Assessment Team for the visit and expressed the hope that its findings would lead to positive results which would see the eventual return of the Peace Corps to Liberia.

The President spoke of the tremendous contribution the Peace Corps have made towards Liberia's education over the years, regretting the interruption in their services due to the country's civil conflict.

The President said one of the milestones of the government is to get back to the country those institutions which have formed strong partnership not only with government, but the people as well.

The Peace Corps, the President said has played a significant role in the lives of Liberians over the years. Their eventual return, the Liberian leader noted, is a welcome opportunity.

The team will visit Communities in the Greater Monrovia area, Kakata, Gbarnga and Zorzor. US Ambassador Donald Booth accompanied the team to the Foreign Ministry.

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