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Samia Fatuma and her story

Samia Fatuma: 12 years old. One brother, three sisters. One mother, no father. Well-spoken. Confident. Beautiful. Today I learned her story. “It is beautiful,” she utters through a longing smile when I ask her about the village she comes from. “I am safe there.” Pakuin Village, a two-hour walk […]

PC Response Mali

Celebrating My Host Country Hero!

Being back in Mali as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the Community Economics Development program has given me the opportunity to give back, grow, and most importantly given me the opportunity meet some amazing individuals like Korotimi Diallo. She is an entrepreneur here and works with a […]


Pulling a Peace Corps All-Nighter

hackathon /hakəˌTHän/ (noun) – an event, typically lasting a couple of days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming while drinking copious amounts of coffee and/or energy drinks On Valentine’s Day weekend, instead of wallowing in self pity and partially melted Ben & Jerry’s, […]


We must diversify ourselves

I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a predominantly Black county right outside of Washington, D.C. Coming from there, the Peace Corps was never something that people talked about. I knew nothing about what it was, or any of the missions that it strove to accomplish. Given […]


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