The RPCV Legacy ProgramTM

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AS TEACHERS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, agricultural advisors and more, we Peace Corps Volunteers left a legacy of service to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
     Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs now provides the opportunity to each of you to continue your commitment to these countries through the RPCV Legacy Program
     Read about the projects we are sponsoring that are each headed-up by an RPCV. Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs has been designated by the I.R.S. as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization, consequently all donations to the projects are tax-deductible. All work by RPCVs to administer the projects is done on a volunteer basis, so your entire donation will be used for the projects:

Be a champion
We ask each of you: Can you name a project that you would like to see sponsored by E&E RPCVs that would promote opportunities to achieve sustainable economic development, relieve poverty and/or improve the quality of life in Ethiopia or Eritrea?
     We now ask: Would you become the “champion” of that project by shepherding its development and personally pledging 10% of its estimated cost to assure the success of the project?
     If so, any RPCV (or staff member who served in Ethiopia or Eritrea) is asked to submit a Preliminary Project Proposal of one page or less to the Board of Directors of E&E RPCVs. The Board will review it, suggest changes if needed, and make a decision on feasibility. If approved, applicants will then be asked to prepare a Final Proposal that will include 1) how all the logistics of the project would be carried out, 2) the financial goal and 2) how the goals for the project's success will be attained. The Board will review the Final Proposal and vote on it.
     If your proposed project is accepted by the Board of Directors for sponsorship, the Board will help you:

  • Develop an efficient and effective project with the potential for long-term impact.
  • Assist you in obtaining talent to make the project a success, be it from fellow RPCVs from Ethiopia and Eritrea or others.
  • Provide publicity about the project to our Peace Corps community on our website, via email and in The Herald.
  • Provide guidance and support in raising the funds necessary to implement the project.
  • Offer support in the development of evaluation procedures for the project.

Members of the Board are all working as volunteers and receive no salaries or reimbursement for personal expenses such as travel, food or lodging — as will be the case for any other RPCVs who are project champions or otherwise provide support for the RPCV Legacy Program and its projects.

Be a supporter of RPCV Legacy Program projects
If you would like to support the Program, but do not want to champion a project, there are two ways in which you can help.
      First — you can make a financial donation to support a project of your choice.
     Second — you can volunteer your talents to help a project succeed. We are especially looking for people to help with fund-raising.

Learn more
If you would like to have more information about becoming a project champion or supporter, contact: Marian Haley Beil at mhbeil@rochester.rr.com.

Our goal is to continue the Peace Corps where there is no Peace Corps. In another generation there will be few left in Ethiopia and Eritrea who remember our original service. We hope that with this effort, we can leave them reminders that many may never forget.

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