Peace Corps Announces New Country Director – Leon Kayego

Lusaka – Peace Corps Zambia welcomes Leon Kayego as new Peace Corps Country Director to Zambia. Mr. Kayego arrived in Zambia on July 31, 2014 accompanied by his wife.

He brings 20 years of Peace Corps experience and a strong background in health, training and human resource development. Mr. Kayego recently served as the Peace Corps Country Director in The Gambia. He also served as the Training Project Director for the Peace Corps and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Senegal for 12 years and as an Associate Peace Corps Director and a Training Director for Peace Corps/Congo for six years. Additionally, Mr. Kayego worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Northeast Center for Youth and Families, Inc. in Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Mr. Kayego said, “I am looking forward to working with the people and the government of Zambia on development priorities in the areas of health, food security and education.”

Peace Corps is a United States volunteer organization dedicated to grassroots engagement and economic growth in lower income countries requesting assistance. For over 50 years more than 210,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps as representatives of the United States and its commitment to helping people around the world achieve economic independence and sustainable development.

Peace Corps was invited to Zambia in February 1993 and an agreement between Zambia and the United States was signed on September 14, 1993. Since then more than 1,300 Volunteers have served in Zambia.