The RPCV Legacy ProgramTM

Current RPCV Legacy Program Projects:

Borana Region Student Acceleration

HIV books for 200 communities

Vocational training for children at risk

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AS TEACHERS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, agricultural advisors and more, we Peace Corps Volunteers left a legacy of service to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
     Our organization — Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs — now provides the opportunity to each of you to continue your commitment to these countries through the RPCV Legacy Program

Be a champion
We ask each of you: Can you name a project that you would like to see conducted that would promote opportunities to achieve sustainable economic development, relieve poverty and/or improve the quality of life in Ethiopia or Eritrea?
     We now ask: Would you become the “champion” of that project by shepherding its development and personally pledging 10% of its estimated cost to assure the success of the project?
     If so, the Board of Directors of E&E RPCVs will help you:

  • Develop an efficient and effective project with the potential for long-term impact.
  • Assist you in obtaining talent to make the project a success, be it from fellow RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea or others.
  • Provide guidance and support in raising the funds necessary to implement the project.
  • Offer support in the development of evaluation procedures for the project.

Members of the Board are all working as volunteers and receive no salaries or reimbursement for personal expenses such as travel, food or lodging — as will be the case for any other RPCVs who provide support for the RPCV Legacy Program.
     The Board will review project Initial Proposals from RPCVs, suggest changes if needed. Applicants will then prepare a Final Proposal that will include 1) how all the logistics of the project would be carried out, and 2) how the goals for the project's success will be attained. The Board will review the Final Proposal and vote on it. The selected projects will be announced on our website, via email and in The Herald.

Be a supporter of RPCV Legacy Program projects
If you would like to support the Program, but do not want to champion a project, there are two ways in which you can help.
      First — you can make a financial donation to support a project of your choice (see the list of current projects at the left)
     Second — you can volunteer your talents to help a project succeed. We are especially looking for people to help with fund-raising.

Will donations to the Legacy Program be tax deductible?
Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs has been designated by the I.R.S. as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization. Consequently all donations you make in support of the RPCV Legacy Program either as a champion or a supporter will be tax deductible.
     Note that the annual fee of $15 paid to E&E RPCVs is not tax deductible because it is used for the publishing of the newsletter and other services for our RPCVs.

Learn more
If you would like to have more information about becoming a project champion or supporter, contact: Marian Haley Beil at mhbeil@rochester.rr.com.

Our goal is to continue the Peace Corps where there is no Peace Corps. In another generation there will be few left in Ethiopia and Eritrea who remember our original service. We hope that with this effort, we can leave them reminders that many may never forget.

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