Peace Corps Celebrates 50 Years of Service in the Eastern Caribbean and worldwide

St. Lucia is one of six island nation that are served by the U.S. Peace Corps’ Eastern Caribbean headquarters located in Castries. The other islands are: Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. Collectively, over 3,716 volunteers have served in the eastern Caribbean since 1961.

The year 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the United States Peace Corps, an organization established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. This Saturday, October 15, will mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first United States Peace Corps volunteers to St. Lucia.

Since 2011, over 800 U.S. men and women have lived and worked in St. Lucia to help improve the lives of men, women and children. They have worked in agriculture, education, health and human services. They have served in government ministries and assisted non-government organizations (NGO’s). St. Lucia was the second country in the world to receive volunteers, and today it is recognized as the longest continual Peace Corps operation in the organization’s history.

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Peace Corps is partnering with local community groups and national organizations on three community projects in St. Lucia, including the repainting of the Soufriere Public Library, and a beach clean-up project of Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort in collaboration with the National Trust.

On Thursday, September 22, a reception will be held at Government House in Castries for representatives of organizations that have worked with the Peace Corps over the past 50 years.

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