Fellow blogger (and traveler) shout out: Peace Corps and the Malaria trail
Imagine – working on efforts to stop the spread of malaria in the middle of Senegal as a young female member of the Peace Corps, far away from family and loved ones. That is exactly what Jessie Seiler found herself doing!
On a blog dated April 25th, 2012, that was posted on One.org, the story of Ms. Seiler and the work that the Peace Corps and other international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been doing to stop malaria has been shared around the world. As a recent traveler to central Africa, I can relate to her amazement at how prominent the disease is – when in a stark contrast, it has been eradicated from the United States for decades. However, facts do not lie. As Ms. Seiler stated, “A child dies every minute from malaria.”
Follow this link to read more of her amazing story of not only personal growth but also growth in health and understanding of the community she has been deployed to for a term as a Peace Corps volunteer: http://www.one.org/blog/2012/04/25/essay-from-senegal-what-the-ndiago-villagers-taught-me-about-malaria/
To learn more about the mission of the Peace Corps and how you can join, click here: http://www.peacecorps.gov/