Mr Robert P. Jackson, United States Ambassador to Ghana, has urged 23 newly sworn-in Peace Corps volunteers to work with a high level of diligence to impact positively on the grass-root communities where they had been assigned to work.
Speaking at a ceremony to commission the volunteers to commence service in Ghana at Addo-Nkwanta in the Eastern Region, the Ambassador said, “Peace Corps work is aimed at empowering people to help themselves”.
The new volunteers had undergone a 10 week vigorous training in areas such as health, technical, cross culture, language, security and general issues, to boost their capacities to train people in the various communities across the country in the areas of Health, Water and Sanitation, he added.
They add up to the list of about 5,000 Americans who have over the past 55 years served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana.
Mr Jackson was happy that regardless of the challenges in the field, volunteers have always worked diligently at the grassroots in some deprived communities in the country to help improve livelihoods.
He urged the Peace Corps Ghana staff to put in extra effort to develop relationship and engage communities to bring new ideas and knowledge that will help them to be more productive and live happily.
The Ambassador challenged the volunteers to make a difference in their various fields of work in the communities and expressed optimism that, the relationship between the United States and Ghana would continue to thrive and remain highly valued by both countries.
Ms Carla E. Ellis, Country Director Peace Corps Ghana, urged the volunteers not to take the volunteerism work for granted but instead, exhibit the dignity and willingness that attracted them to join Peace Corps.
Ms Gifty Abagre, Training Manager at Peace Corps said, the training exercise had already imbued them with the spirit of hard work and all the necessary capabilities to enable them serve optimally in their respective fields.
Mrs Elsie Okoh, the Human Resource Manager at the Regional Health Directorate, encouraged the volunteers who have been posted to the health sector to do their best to help improve health delivery. GNA