‘Peace Corps Wiki’ Posts
*UPDATE: March 21th 2013
As of Saturday March 2nd 2013 the Peace Corps Wiki and Peace Corps Journals are Off Line, due to a lack of funding for the monthly site hosting. In 2010 Developmentary approached the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) about taking over the sites; after a lengthy negotiation we were unable to reach an agreement. In February 2013 we approached the NPCA again and met with them on Thursday March 21st to discuss the future of the sites. This was a productive meeting during and I hope that an agreement will be reached in the next few days or weeks, please check back at this site for more details.
We are accepting donations through our non-profit bank account. All donations will go directly toward restoring hosting services. It costs approximately $200 monthly to provide hosting for both sites. All donations are tax-deductible.
The testimonies from the 2007 Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act have been published on Developmentary’s Youtube channel.
“When Mark Shriver’s father died last year at the age of 95, it seemed that everyone who knew him — politicians, priests, waitresses, presidents and trash collectors — used the same phrase to tell him what they had thought of his father. He was “a good man.”
A Good Man is also the title of Shriver’s new memoir about his father, R. Sargent Shriver. The elder Shriver, who once ran for president, ran the War on Poverty, the Peace Corps, Job Corps and the Special Olympics. On top of that, he was U.S. ambassador to France and married into the Kennedy family.”
“In the weeks that would follow, I received emails from the Peace Corps on how I could have prevented this.”
A quote from the discussion thread:
“When I was a volunteer in West Africa, I remember a similar assault on a volunteer then. Peace Corps treated her exactly the same way, essentially telling her she’d put herself at risk and doing nothing to prosecute the man involved. At the time, a few dozen volunteers (we were a small program, so this represented the vast majority of our population) went to the embassy to protest directly with the ambassador, as PC HQ wasn’t hearing our complaints. I’m appalled this attitude hasn’t changed in the decade since. I hope you’ll continue to tell your story and, hopefully, this awful experience won’t have to be repeated ad infinitum. I agree with your analysis that this is one clear weak spot in an otherwise very worthwhile program.”
“The Brian Ross Investigative Unit received a George Foster Peabody Award on Monday for a year-long investigation of the murder of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey, and of an alleged “blame the victim” culture within the Peace Corps in which whistleblowers were not protected and women were made to feel responsible for being sexually assaulted.”