Volunteer Renovates Zambia Health Center
Washington, D.C., July 17, 2013 - Peace Corps volunteer Tyrell Junius of Richmond, Va., is working with his community in Zambia to repair a health clinic that serves more than 8,000 community members. A portion of the funds for the project will be raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), a program that helps support Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide.
The 30-year-old health clinic in Junius’ community is in disrepair and can no longer be used for checkups or preventive care. Currently, it is only able to accommodate residents in an emergency. Otherwise, residents must walk more than 20 kilometers to another clinic to receive care.
“We can improve outpatient and inpatient care, create a drug dispensing area, and develop a space for our youth and trained counselors to convey the message of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and malnourishment prevention and treatment in a secure environment,” said Junius, a 2008 Franklin Military Academy graduate and a graduate of Norfolk State University who has been living and working as a health and nutrition volunteer in Zambia since July 2012.
Junius’ local community has already contributed 30 percent of the funds for the renovation, which include the building materials and labor.
In order to receive funding through the PCPP, a community must make a 25 percent contribution to the total project cost. This helps ensure community ownership and a greater chance of long-term sustainability. One hundred percent of each tax-deductible PCPP donation goes toward a development project. Those interested in supporting Junius’ project in Zambia or one like it can visit: www.peacecorps.gov/donate. Junius’ project number is: 13-611-018.
About Peace Corps/Zambia: Nearly 1,435 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Zambia since the program was established in 1993. Currently, 284 volunteers serve in Zambia. Volunteers work in the areas of education, community development, environment, agriculture, health and business. Volunteers are trained and work in the following languages: Bemba, Kaonde, Lunda, Mambwe, Nyanja, Tonga and Tumbuka.
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.