Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote at the Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote
Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony
Peace Corps Office, Lusaka, Zambia
June 20, 2019

(as prepared for delivery)

Honorable Kampamba Mulenga, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock
Her Royal Highness, Senior Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamabo II
His Royal Highness, Chief Chamuka VI
Senior Government Officials

Today, we are witnessing the swearing-in ceremony of 63 RAP (Aquaculture) & LIFE (Environment) Volunteers.  This new group of Volunteers will swell the proud ranks of Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia to over 260 actively serving Volunteers. Peace Corps Zambia is the largest program in Africa and it continues to be seen as a center of excellence for its best practices in Volunteer training and programming.

In collaboration with the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, these volunteers will contribute to the management of forestry resources by building the capacity of rural community members to improve their food security in ways that conserve natural resources, especially forests.  They will also complement efforts of the Department of Fisheries aimed at improving livelihoods of rural households by initiating and improving fish pond management, increasing fish production, integrating ponds with other farming systems, organizing farmer groups, establishing local fish seed production centers, and increasing incomes from sale of fish.

No matter what the volunteer’s primary assignment is, all PC Volunteers are trained to pursue HIV/AIDS prevention activities as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, otherwise known as the PEPFAR.

I want to acknowledge the support PC has enjoyed from the Government of Zambia since Peace Corps started in Zambia in 1994.  The partnership that we have with the ministries with which we work here has been consistently close and productive and we look forward to continuing it well into the future.

So let me conclude by noting to our new Volunteers that what you are doing is valuable and the impact you will make in the communities where you are going to live and serve for the next two years will last for a life time.

And let me just remind you that you are the representatives of the American People to the Zambian people in their communities, for many of them the only Americans they will only meet.  So do us proud.