The US Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Gene A. Cretz, has said he looked up to Peace Corps Volunteers as the best and brightest thing that the US had to offered to serve as grassroots Ambassadors of the United States.
“Working diligently in your communities, at your sites, you will touch lives in unimaginable ways.”
Ambassador Cretz was swearing in 20 Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony at Maase in the East Akyem Municipality after successfully completing a 10-week training programme.
He noted that through their actions and attitudes, their service and kindness to others “you will show that Americans care deeply about Ghanaians and are interested in working side-by side with them for a long term.”
Ambassador Cretz said they would make it clear in a tangible way how much they respected and cherished their relationship with Ghana.
He reminded them that the Peace Corps Ghana staff had done its best to give them the tools to become effective change agents and to link communities to develop their resources.
Ambassador Cretz said he was counting on the volunteers to teach communities on how to improve nutrition and yields to help them improve agriculture.
He said they should remember that some of the people they interact with would be the future leaders of the country, who would not forget them.
“So today I challenge you: Wage peace. Make a difference and your impact will live on long after your service ends in Ghana.”
Mr Michael Koffman, the Country Director, expressed his gratitude to the Peace Corps Ghana staff for helping to train the volunteers in the various Ghanaian languages and the cross-cultural exchanges that had made them to become effective change agents.
Mr Simon Peter Asirifi, the East Akyem Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), appealed to the various communities where the volunteers would be working to foster good relations with them.
He thanked the US government on its continued development programmes in Ghana through agriculture, education and sanitation. GNA