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Peace Corps Ghana Calabash
August 2011

Calabash 4 of 5

Welcome to the fourth Calabash. This calabash commemorates the Peace Corps in Ghana during the 1990’s. About 15 PCVs and Northern Peace Corps staff met at the Tamale Sub Office (TSO) and raised and painted calabashes in observance of our 50th Anniversary.  We barbequed lunch, launched the Feed the Future media field gear, and dedicated new murals at the TSO.  Please see pictures of this event on our Facebook page.

In the days leading up to the TSO Calabash, RPCVs from the 1990’s participated in a site development trek to the Upper East Region to give thanks to local Busanga, Kusasi, and Mamprusi chiefs and elders who used to have PCVs serve in their communities before a conflict erupted several years ago and Peace Corps left the area. RPCVs shared stories of their service in Ghana and explained the importance of the Peace Corps mission in Ghana. The expedition served to offer a positive incentive in the conflict resolution process - that Peace Corps hopes to return!

In the 1990's

  • PCVs continue teaching in schools throughout Ghana.
  • Youth in Development combines with the WID initiative, Gender and Youth in Development (GYD) initiative begins.
  • PC Ghana starts a Forestry Project and PCVs establish conservation tree nurseries in rural communities.
  • PC Ghana starts Small Enterprise Development (SED) in 1990 and PCVs work with tourism organizations, agribusiness groups, and artisans.
  • PCV numbers in the field climb to 100 – 200.
  • President Clinton is the first acting U.S. President to visit Ghana in 1998.

Media Campaign
In recognition of our 50th Anniversary, we have started a variety of media activities to deliver information about Peace Corps Ghana. Please find, friend, join, attend, or follow us on:

Local Event Timeline

  • March 1, 2011: 1st Calabash (National Peace Corps Month - "The Start of our Agency") Accra and Washington D.C.
  • April 26, 2011: 2nd Calabash (Earth Day Service Activities - "Growing our Mission") Accra.
  • July 3 and 4, 2011: 3rd Calabash (African Republic/American Independence Celebration. Kumasi Peace Corps Sub Office mural and digital library launching - "Building our Capacity"). AKA, the KSO Calabash.
  • August 25, 2011: 4th Calabash (Tamale Peace Corps Sub Office mural dedication and Northern Region site development - "By the Crooked Tree"). Tamale/Bolgatanga, UER.
  • August 30, 2011: Swearing In Ceremony of Group 50 (5th Calabash "Pouring Libation"). Accra.

August 30th, 2011 Schedule of Events

  • At the Home of the U.S. Ambassador.
  • 400 people are invited.
  • RPCVs from every decade will be represented.
  • Calabashes will be available to everyone!

10:00 Call to Ceremony by DPT
10:05 Procession of Participants
10:15 National Anthems
10:25 Welcome Presentation by PST Director
10:35 Presentation of Trainee Certificates by APCDs
11:15 Trainee Speeches in Local Languages
11:30 Country Director’s Recognition Speech
11:40 Swearing In of New PCVs; Speech and Oath administered by the U.S. Ambassador
11:55 Charge to New PCVs by Peace Corps Regional Director for Africa
12:10 History of Peace Corps Ghana Speech by APCD for Education
12:15 Cultural Performance by New PCVs
12:25 Keynote Speech by Ghana Minister of Foreign Affairs
12:40 Presentation of Gifts by PCVs and Staff
12:55 Thank You Ghana Speech in Twi by PCV
1:00 Closing of Ceremony and Special Acknowledgments
1:10 Libation and Toast from a Calabash – “the 5th Calabash”
1:10 Reception, Snacks, and Beverage
2:00 End of Program

Please email us if you are interested in attending or participating in any of these events. REMEMBER, our Peace Corps budget is humble; we cannot offer to help with any costs. But we can invite you to join us!

Thank you for your service and support over the past five decades! Happy 50th!