Past Funded Projects

REACH OUT! NEW JERSEY is the name of RPCV-NJ’s fundraising program to support Peace Corps Partnership (PCP) projects. RPCV-NJ has also supported local projects and organizations with reach in communities served by the Peace Corps.

Past Funded PCP Projects:
Over the past years money has been donated to volunteers from New Jersey who appealed for aid with their special projects through PCP.  It is interesting and inspiring to read about the development ideas that they and their communities create and carry out with help from people in the USA.

Year Country Volunteer Project
2017 Senegal A. Porkus (NJ) The Michele Sylvester Scholarship
Ethiopia M. Elton (NJ) Ethiopia Primary School Latrine Construction
Ecuador Alan Adams (NJ) Mushuk Yuyay School Program (Healthy Children Healthy Futures)
Samoa A. Johnson (NJ) Let Girls Learn “GLOW Samoa 2017”
2016 Tanzania Hasan, N. (NJ) Let Girls Learn/Shinyanga HIV Education Conference
Madagascar B. James (OH) Let Girls Learn | National GLOW Camp – Empower Malagasy Girls to Catalyze Change!
Panama J. Curry (NJ) Eco-Stoves for Rural Panamanian Community inside Forest Reserve
Peru P. Jimenez (NJ) Let Girls Learn | Soup Kitchen for Low Income Female Students
Madagascar Olivia Prentzel (NJ) Give Access to Reading in Rural Madagascar
Dominican Republic R. Wright (NJ) Latrines Project
2015 Cambodia A. Wasserman (NJ) Let Girls Learn/Fitness Initiative
Madagascar A. Maurie (NJ) Tree Nursery reforestation project
Tonga Rene Fern (NJ) Camp GLOW
Togo Anna Williams (NJ) Latrine Project
2014 Senegal Ellington Arnold (NJ) Local Girls Camp
Cambodia V. Lavigne Arts Festival
Armenia Rosie Jeffrey Border2Border Hike
2013 Benin M. Huelsenbeck Secondary School Computer Lab
Ukraine C. Smith (NJ) English Language Camps Resource Center
2012 Cameroon A. Gunkelman (NJ) Modern Farming Training
2011 Kyrgyz Republic S. Smith (NJ) Community Computer/English Resource Center
Burkina Faso A. Buchsbaum Theater equipment for health education
2010 Dominican Republic M Emiliani Community Ambulance Project
Botswana s. Lin (NJ) Computer Center Renovation
2009 Armenia English Lab Modernization
Tanzania K. Capella (NJ) School Kitchen Update
The Gambia School Library
2008 Moldova S. Hakim (NJ) Youth Resource Center
El Salvador A. Perrone (NJ) 12 Family Coops/Training
2007 Suriname  D. Lipton (NJ) Build teacher’s house in Baku
2006 Madagascar T. Ventzke Market Shelter in Tsarabaria
2005 Mali M. Hamilton (NJ) Construction of 3 wells in Yarome
Ukraine M. Navabian School insulation in Rivne

Other Funded Projects:
RPCV-NJ has also supported local projects and organizations with reach in communities served by the Peace Corps.

DECEMBER 2017: Cooperativa José Cortes Cordero, an employee cooperative of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce

Funded: $985.55

The University employee cooperative is collecting money through its members, faculty and administrative personnel to distribute and help families in the nearby community. All money will go directly to the 20 employees of the University and their families who lost virtually everything as a result of Hurricane Maria.

The request for donations comes by way of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mr. Lamberto Vera-Velez (Paraguay, 1969 – 71) who overlapped with our own RPCV-NJ members Barbara and Art Lee. Lamberto is a retired professor of the Graduate School of Education at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and his wife Angie is a member of the Finance Committee of the Cooperative.  After his service in Paraguay, Lamberto helped run Peace Corps Training in Puerto Rico. He is also a former resident of New Jersey having studied at both Montclair State University where he obtained his Masters in Education and Rutgers University where he obtained his doctorate in Urban Education.

OCTOBER 2017: Friends of Afghanistan/Growing Peace in Afghanistan (GPIA)

The Bamyan Weaving Project of the  Friends of Afghanistan/Growing Peace in Afghanistan (GPIA) is intended to help the weavers of central Afghanistan by supporting the purchase of wool and its transformation into barak, a fabric that has been made for millennia in Afghanistan and Iran but is expensive because the method of weaving, using ground looms, takes much time and labor. One of the GPIA members, an RPCV from Afghanistan, is himself an experienced weaver and entrepreneur and he has sent a more advanced loom to Bamyan; the project intends to use this ground loom to train local weavers in the more efficient production of barak and to purchase wool from local sheep farmers to provide to the weavers for production of barak, which would then be sold locally.  Once production ramps up, GPIA expect to begin marketing the product in the west.

2015: Pedals for Progress

2014: $500 donation to the New York City Ebola Fundraiser

2011-2012: “Images from the Peace Corps Experience” A photographic collection curated by Nancie Gunkelman.  The collection was displayed at several venues throughout 2011 and 2012, including NJIT, the Monore Township Library, the Howell Living History Farm, and the Plainsboro Public Library.

2010: Haiti. Oxfam America. Donation to the Earthquake Relief Fund ($500)

2009: Sudan. CHF International. Donation for 5 stoves for refugees ($150)

P4P (Pedals for Progress): This organization started by RPCV-NJ Dave Schweidenback collects bikes and sewing machines and distributes them in developing nations.