July 1, Ebola and the Evacuation of Peace Corps in Guinea

Last Update: 6/7/2015 8:45 AM

7/1/15 Wed (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post Street, San Francisco
Contact:Will Spargur (will[AT]norcalpca.org)

On July 30, 2014 Peace Corps evacuated over 100 volunteers from Guinea due to the Ebola epidemic.  Recently evacuated Peace Corps volunteers, who served in Guinea, will bring an on the ground perspective of the people and communities in the Ebola affected region.  They will discuss the conditions that allowed for its rapid spread, how the people in their communities reacted and what it was like to be evacuated, suddenly leaving friends and colleagues in the midst of crisis.

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This Program is a partnership between the Commonwealth Club of California and the Northern California Peace Corps Association

Program Organizer: Will Spargur, NorCal Operations Manager
Moderator: Frank Price, Peace Corps Volunteer - Cote d’Ivoire 1969 - 1972
Secretary of the Northern California Peace Corps Association

Lisa Hoffman: 
Lisa began her Peace Corps service in December of 2013 serving as a public health educator in the remote village of Dabiss. Lisa’s work focused on malaria, vaccinations, and nutrition.  Secondary projects included teaching English to young adult learners, assisting with the cultivation of staple crops, building and structuring a local library, and empowering young women through educational and leadership opportunities.  Lisa was evacuated from Guinea in August of 2014. 

Veronica Canilao:
Veronica served as an education volunteer in Guinea from July 2013 to July 2014.  She taught middle school Chemistry and English in her rural village in the central and mountainous part of Guinea, the Fouta Djallon.    

Hilary Braseth:
Between 2011-2014, Hilary lived in a mid-sized, mountainous town called Dalaba in the middle of Guinea. There, she worked in Community Economic Development, supporting local ecotourism actors, designing and building the country's first-ever waste management and recycling system and teaching youth social entrepreneurship via Dare to Innovate (www.daretoinnovate.com).

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