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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~ Maya Angelou

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~ HAPPY 2017! ~

Thank you to all who submitted photos and videos for the December challenge. They were incredibly inspiring, and we can’t thank you enough for sharing them! Below please view our video compilation!

Alana DeJoseph interviewing Donna E. Shalala, President of the Clinton Foundation.
Ms. Shalala even tweeted about our meeting!
Looking Forward With Optimism

The new year is an opportunity to start fresh and explore new possibilities! It’s a time where resolutions are made and goals are set! 

It’s easy to bring attention to the negative news surrounding the new administration. But as Michelle Obama stated during the Keynote Address at Young African Women Leaders Forum, 'There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.' It is in that spirit that the Peace Corps community focuses on public service. And what is at the heart of public service? One word: community.

Peace Corps was created to build a bridge to others through service. As some might seek to divide, we will always strive to unite. As the debate continues on how best to bring about meaningful peace, we are unwavering in our optimism. No matter where our stories take us, the personal experiences of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers attest to our extreme dedication to serving others. It is this dedication, this commitment to service in our home communities that is needed now more than ever!

Meet Our Team 

Kelsey Janelle Marsh

We're excited to get to know more of you. In turn, we're going to start introducing you to some of our team members. 

Meet Kelsey Janelle Marsh, Associate Producer for A Towering Task. She's an MFA graduate of American University and has been very instrumental in organizing our production. In the Kingdom of Lesotho, Kelsey served as a community health and economic volunteer with the Peace Corps. We couldn't do it without her!

Our Journey Continues

As you may recall, we had planned to travel to Ethiopia next. However, given the security situation, it is with great sadness that we are unable to make the trip. Ethiopia will, of course, still be represented in the documentary, with archival footage and interviews.

That said, we are proud to announce that we will be traveling instead to Liberia! We have interviews planned with volunteers, staff, Liberian scholars, and community members. 

Additionally, we are honored to be interviewing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It’s our pleasure to bring you, first hand, her personal story with the Peace Corps and why it’s so important to continue this relationship. 

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Photo Credit: Emansion

This year, let's make a joint resolution: to ensure that a  sense of community is truly at the heart of everything we do for those we serve. 

We want to turn 2017 into a brighter year for everyone around the world. And that’s where you come in. Your stories of selfless service are what brings so much inspiration to others.  

Your support will help us continue bringing stories like yours to life!

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