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Affection between two peoples

The President of the Republic, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, receives the Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The President and the Peace Corps delegation
The President and the Peace Corps delegation
This morning the President of the Republic, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, received the Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador, Robert T. Yamate and by several members of the Peace Corps in Madagascar.

The Peace Corps is an independent agency of the United States government, created on 1st March 1961 by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, with the mission to promote world peace and friendship, particularly among developing countries.
The two leading figures discussed Peace Corps activities worldwide, in general and specifically in Madagascar. Therefore, two big areas of development were discussed, namely education and health. But other areas were covered too, such as the environment and agriculture. Currently, 122 volunteers are on the ground in Madagascar, but soon there will be 177. “The results are satisfying,” declared Carrie Hessler-Radelet, thanks to the positive response from beneficiary populations who appreciate the lessons they are learning from volunteers.
 “It must be acknowledged that these volunteers leave their families for two years, but find that, often, they don’t feel like going home any more. Others do go home and work in other fields. That is, there is affection between the two peoples,” explained Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Madagascar has since welcomed 850 volunteers who have become ‘Madagascan ambassadors’ to the world and who promote a love of Madagascar.”
She is the 19th Director of the Peace Corps. Between 2010 and 2014, she was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the agency.
The Hessler family have been in the Peace Corps for four generations. Hessler-Radelet started her career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa (1981-83). She was a secondary school teacher with her husband, Steve Radelet.
Hessler-Radelet has driven historic reforms to modernise and strengthen the Peace Corps so it can respond to 21st century challenges and opportunities. She has put emphasis on the health and safety of Peace Corps volunteers by implementing initiatives to dramatically improve support and reduce the risks for volunteers with the enforcement of the Kate Puzey Act, adopted in 2011.

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