Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs works with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) to advocate on behalf of future, current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers, including support of legislation that:
- Maintains or increases funding for the Peace Corps program
- Protects the health and safety of currently serving volunteers
- Honors and supports those who have completed their Peace Corps service
E&E RPCVs also works directly with the Ethiopian Embassy and Eritrean Embassy to facilitate continuing conversations.
How can you get involved?
- Use NPCA's Action Center to send a message to your Congressional Representatives about pressing issues
- Learn more about the Peace Corps community's current advocacy initiatives
- Check our calendar for upcoming advocacy events
Introducing E&E RPCVs' liaison to the Ethiopian and Eritrean Embassies
Stephan Cristofar served in the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Asmara, Eritrea; Adi Quala, Eritrea; Debarwa, Eritrea 1962–64 — Ethiopia I. He is on the board of the E&E RPCVs and serves as the liaison to the Ethiopian and Eritrean Embassies.
Did you know?
John Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5, 2009, representing areas of Northern California between San Francisco and Sacramento. Garamendi was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in Mokelumne Hill. He graduated with a BA in business from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Garamendi and his wife started their married life as Peace Corps volunteers teaching and doing community development work in Mettu, Ethiopia (1966-68). Patti has served as Assistant Director of the Peace Corps and as a Deputy Administrator at the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.
We are grateful for their service.
For more information see his congressional web page.
Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Over 35 years ago, Rep. Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, they never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Rep. Neguse to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Rep. Neguse's public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Americans, and he has spent his career doing the same. His priorities in Congress include lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices, raising workers’ wages, ensuring greater accountability in government, protecting our treasured public lands, and fighting the existential threat of climate change.
From his website
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