32 Peace Corps Volunteers will be sworn-in today in Kigali, marking the return of the Peace Corps Rwanda program after a 15-year absence.
The new group of Volunteers, who have been in pre-service training in Rwanda since January, will work on health and community development assignments, including collaborating with the Rwandan government and its U.S. government partners to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Like the United States, every Peace Corps host country has its unique history and psychological scars from past tragedies. The genocide in Rwanda is an exceptional example of recent terror that still haunts its population. Underscoring the special needs of Rwandan people, the new group of Volunteers has recently participated in conferences as part of Genocide Memorial Week, “so they could more fully understand the communities they will be working in for the next two years,” according to Peace Corps.
Peace Corps staff have been in-country since 2008, preparing to bring in the new group of Volunteers. After they swear in at the residence of U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, the new Volunteers will take up residence for two years in communities across the country.