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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Commencement Address at Muhlenberg College
    out of school and out Of luck That s why 2 years ago we looked around for a new answer to poverty in America not an answer that would sound pretty in the history books but one that would work in the streets and cities where history is made Part of this answer to American poverty is VISTA Which has had more than 100 000 applications Head Start Which has had more than 1 million children enrolled with 300 000 volunteers Part of the answer has been Legal Services Health Centers Upward Bound What does all this mean What is happening Is the fad value of idealism suddenly the latest thing to be in Are we on a brotherhood kick The answer is no Something else is happening We are going beyond idealism beyond politics beyond even theology We are helping to create a new kind of humanism in America what Teilhard de Chardin called A Crusade for Man This humanism is being practiced 50 miles north of here in Wilkes Barre where 50 high school students from Luzerne County are enrolled in Wilkes College Upward Bound These students are from poor families some of whom have never sent a member to College Not because they lacked intelligence but because they lacked confidence and motivation At Wilkes College this summers 50 youngsters who were turned off will be turned on They will be turned on to a new world not our world of middle class values nor a make believe world where everyone succeeds and everybody wins But a world where every human talent can be used because every human person is valuable We need college students to help in Upward Bound programs There are 242 colleges and universities enrolling more than 26 000 Upward Bound students this summer That will be a kind of humanism that you couldn t practice 4 years ago when you entered college Another place we need college students is Head Start as volunteers I was in Chicago last week and Head Start in that city needs 3 500 volunteers to help a few hours a week for summer classes Every large city in America needs Head Start volunteers Even every small town in America where children are living in poverty But college students are not the only Americans needed to fight poverty What about parents and grandparents They are still a part of this country and they also can make a contribution A thousand cities in America have community action programs where local needs are met by local people For older people there is Foster Grandparents This is not just a program designed to give old people something to do but is meant to give them something to create a new life for a neglected child All of these programs have aroused a new national consensus have a kind of humanism that no longer says to the poor man Can t you make it the hard way like I did Instead we realize the

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver delivers Springfield College Commencement Address
    persona non grata by any government anywhere This record of performance has answered the original questions but it has not silenced the questioners themselves Now they are saying What difference does it make There are too few people in the Peace Corps to make a significant impression on the ignorance poverty or disease of nations And this opinion is usually followed by another We can t afford it We must balance the budget first We are threatening the integrity of the dollar by all of this spending We must retrench retract We are not financially able to send more Peace Corps Volunteers abroad To them I say Are we in our times less convinced less resolute less visionary in our desire to propagate the ideas of the American Revolution than Washington and Jefferson who spoke of universal liberty when there were only 13 states and 4 000 000 inhabitants in our whole country Last month I was in Guinea the newly independent country in West Africa I visited the headquarters of the labor unions In the reception room I picked up and read pamphlets attaching the United States ridiculing the Peace Corps These pamphlets written in English were printed and published in Communist China and distributed all over Africa 10 000 miles from China I have seen technicians from Hungary and Czechoslovakia building roads teaching in schools designing bridges in the Far East and in Africa And now in Latin America the agents of international Communism trained in Cuba are beginning to infiltrate into the rural villages and urban slums of friendly Spanish speaking nations Are they richer than we that they can afford to send their people and their literature around the world Are they more zealous for their beliefs than we for ours Two weeks ago I testified before a Congressional Committee One of the Congressmen mocked at our Peace Corps contingent of 21 physical education teachers and athletic coaches destined for Indonesia He first challenged the idea of sending Americans to Indonesia merely as he phrased it to teach them games and then he ridiculed the idea that 21 coaches could have any useful effect in a country with a population of 100 000 000 people To him I was able to tell the true story of a conversation which took place in my own office only a few days before my appearance on the Hill before the Congressional Committee My visitor was an Indonesian official He told me there had been more than 50 protest meetings against the Peace Corps in his country Dozens of newspaper articles attacked us Demands were made that the Indonesian Government refuse to permit our 21 Volunteers to land on Indonesian soil Why I asked him Why is there such concern over 21 American coaches You would think I said to him that we were starting germ warfare in Indonesia To which he replied In a certain sense Mr Shriver you are In Indonesia we have many more than 21 Americans

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver speaks to the 17th National Conference on Higher Education
    Toynbee may also have been thinking of certain other qualities of the Peace Corps Volunteers and the program under which they re serving I mean some of the psychological factors involved A Peace Corps Volunteer arrives in a foreign country not only speaking the language of that country and knowledgeable about its customs and traditions but he comes ready willing and able to live the way they live under their laws He does not try to change their religion He does not seek to make a profit from conducting business in their Country He does not interfere in their political or military affairs He works within their system for them He helps to fill their needs as they see them He arrives on schedule In Ghana three of the first 51 teachers sent to the high schools of that country by the Peace Corps were elected assistant principal or principal of the schools to which they were assigned within four months of their arrival on the scene How many times in recent months have you heard of black men in Africa electing white men to positions of authority I suggest the Ghanaians were happy to accord these positions of influence to Peace Corps Volunteers because the Volunteers came to Ghana asking nothing demanding nothing except an opportunity to serve They were not hanging around the PX Commissary In fact they are excluded from such American perquisites They were not concentrated in the capital of that country Accra They wore 300 miles up country in Tamale 250 miles to the west in Half Assini 450 miles Away in Navrongo flush against the border of Upper Volta In Sierra Leone when the Volunteers disembarked in Freetown they were not surprised to see a small group of officials waiting for them This has become rather customary But they were surprised when as they walked up the streets of Freetown the local inhabitants came out and stared at them as they went by Only later did they discover the real reason for the unusual turnout of local inhabitants The inhabitants of Sierra Leone had never seen a white man walking up the street carrying his own luggage Once more I suggest that Arnold Toynbee may be thinking of email but significant psychological factors such as these These Peace Corps Volunteers are clearly different Americans These facts explain more eloquently than any words I can command why it is that every one of the 12 countries to which the Peace Corps has sent Volunteers has requested more of the same Over and above these factors let me speculate for just a few minutes on another aspect of Peace Corps service abroad which may have been in Mr Toynbee s mind and which will I hope be of interest to you The Peace Corps is attempting to communicate humbly and compassionately in the many languages of man not lust the spoken languages like French Spanish Urdu Hindi Swahili or Tagalog but the languages of poetry of music of law of science of painting and of teaching the myriad methods by which man has learned to communicate his inmost thoughts and sensitivities to his fellow creatures Let me illustrate what I mean We have sent 500 teachers overseas most of them secondary school teachers We brought one of them back because he refused to participate in the social and recreational life of Nigeria He wanted to be only a teacher But we re not sending people overseas who want to be only teachers Formal education is one method of communicating the culture of past centuries to upcoming generations It is essential But a teacher whose role is restricted to the classroom is like a fighter with one hand tied behind his back Our Peace Corps teachers must be human beings who participate in the full life of a foreign country who communicate the substance of our culture on the playing field in a social gathering yes even at a dance When the English said that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton they meant it The battle of Africa may be won on the athletic fields of Ibadan University just as much as in the classroom We have sent doctors overseas and nurses and nurses aides and we want to send many more But we haven t sent any doctor whose idea of medical practice is restricted to large fees and comfortable office hours A Peace Corps doctor is a man or woman who has voluntarily surrendered the high income which every doctor in our country can now command and in its place has accepted a different sort of reward One of them expressed it to me in these words The future of my children may be determined more by what happens in Africa South of the Sahara than by what happens in Washington or Cleveland I want the Africans to know that we Americans are interested in them as human beings that we are there to help them as human beings and that we would be there to help them if there were no Communism in the world at all None of our doctors goes overseas to wait upon the expatriate community to hang around the local country club drinking warm beer Our doctors are all assigned to indigenous medical institutions where they can give an example of what Toynbee called Western man at his best In South America we are trying a couple of ventures at which skeptics may well scoff and the sober minded citizens may wall laugh But among intellectual leaders such as this audience contains hope to find an understanding reception for these projects We have contacted some young American poets and have asked them to go to South America as faculty members at universities We have asked poets to do this because many Latin Americans think of the United States as a place inhabited 100 by businessmen working for Sears Roebuck Sacony Vacuum Anaconda Copper and

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver makes an address at Boston City Hospital
    full quota of house staff and students attend and stay awhile Franz Koning along with five Peace Corps nurses and Dave Griffith another volunteer doctor from the Yale Medical School have given a tremendous boost to the Magburaka Hospital Patients are coming there from all over Sierra Leone walking flying or riding buses one mother and father came there on foot from twenty miles away carrying an infant who was suffering from an abdominal hernia The Peace Corps medical team is handling all this without any fancy medical equipment When one of our Washington staff members visited them and asked if they needed anything they said yes And do you know what they needed Not an electroencephalogram Not a heart lung machine Not a vacuum extractor Nothing like that They said get us rags We need rags to help keep things clean as we need them around here There are no rags in this country Then you go up the West African coast a little and you come to Togo a country that had only 10 doctors In Sokode the upcountry capital in Togo about as big as Jamaica Plain we have 20 volunteers including doctors nurses lab technicians and a pharmacist in a medical team that s operating the Sokode Hospital almost alone running public health programs in the area running clinics in surrounding villages teaching s hygiene in the schools running a milk program and so forth This whole program was put together by Nick Cunningham a pediatrician in his mid thirties who came to us from the Indian Health Division of the Public Health Service Nick personally set up the program then recruited a surgeon a generalist another pediatrician a pharmacist and 15 nurses from all over the country Nick was a top student at Harvard got his A B in 1950 before going on to a medical degree at Johns Hopkins What Nick Cunningham and other doctors have been finding out in the Peace Corps is something almost forgotten in the medical profession in America First of all they ve been dealing with the individual as a whole not as a gall bladder or as a right ventricle They ve been working as a general practitioner surgeon diagnostician and psychiatrist all the same time They ve been getting away from the technology of medicine and back to the art of medicine the art of dealing with people And another thing they ve been learning the challenge and fascination of preventive medicine that deals directly with human beings In this country preventive medicine has become so sophisticated that it deals most with things pollution of streams pollution of the air community resources radiation control It has gotten away from the plain business of TB control VD control feeding programs immunization The chief attraction for medical students in America is curative medicine because the teaching of preventive medicine has become dry and uninteresting But there is nothing dry or uninteresting about seeing 150 patients all with dramatic symptoms in a long day in an African Clinic exhausting yes but not uninteresting Many of our Peace Corps doctors are coming back with a renewed interest in human medicine in general practice in dealing with people in the old family doctor way Many who never dreamed of it before now want to go into public health preventive medicine These doctors are going to have an impact on medical practice in America a limited impact As a matter of fact when you see them at the end of their tour you begin to wonder whether they aren t going to have as much impact on our own communities back home as they had abroad If they practice the same kind of medicine in Council Bluffs Iowa as they did in Dar Es Salaam Tanganyika America will have gained as much as these doctors have given abroad But this impact could be vast if the medical profession were to join the Peace Corps in a partnership a partnership that would provide a two year residency in a school of general practice conducted by Peace Corps doctors in 46 countries around the globe Their training would be not only in surgery not only in obstetrics and pediatrics but in compassion in patience in endurance in resourcefulness And there would be times when their only equipment would be their hands their only anesthetic a soothing voice Their only specialty would be in empathy All of this is broadening and humanizing for a doctor but he doesn t necessarily have to go abroad to get this kind of experience to Sarawak or Nepal or Nyasaland The same sort of opportunity the same sort of challenge the same sort of need still exists in some places in this country And that s what my second proposal is about We need doctors in the program to wipe out poverty in the United States Despite the great progress made in the last 50 years we have a tremendous job to do right here It is a job of going out to the people the 30 million poor people in this country It is a job of taking medicine to the places almost deserted or never visited by doctors Life expectancy in this country has been raised dramatically but the non white population still lives eight years less than the white population The death rate for non white infants is twice as high as for whites Ninety nine per cent of our white children are born in hospitals but non white children who enjoy this advantage are 13 percent lower Poverty is not strictly a problem of non whites Far from it Nearly 80 percent of the poor are white And it s not strictly a problem of city slums About 50 of the poor live on farms and in rural areas In the rural areas of Alabama Mississippi Arkansas South Carolina and Georgia 25 to 40 percent of the mothers give birth to their babies unattended by physicians

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver speaks about the Peace Corps to the New York Herald Tribune Youth Forum
    secondary school championship Another Volunteer developed a school farm to stimulate interest in vacational agriculture One hundred Volunteers went to Colombia to work in rural villages They are helping to build schools aqueducts bridges roads libraries cooperatives parks and wells Last year in Nigeria Peace Corps Volunteers taught between 8 000 and 10 000 secondary school students and almost 500 college students They organized science and art clubs sports and singing groups One Volunteer teaches a night course in American history and government for a class of about 100 teachers government workers and other professional people In Tanganyika our Volunteers have full time jobs running surveys and helping with on the job training of Tanganyikan fellow workers They have also tutored students in engineering and math and one Volunteer has helped to organize a youth club In Malaya we are serving as teachers nurses and surveyors In Sierra Leone we are teaching in secondary schools In St Lucia we are teaching and working in health and agriculture programs One of the teachers in St Lucia wrote me I consider that I have indirectly taught every 12 13 year old girl on the island through the weekly lesson guide I wrote in home economics These are just examples of what Volunteers are doing in 40 countries They are but part of the story One of the fundamental reasons we have been able to come so far in so little time is the response we have received from every segment of American life Private industry has cooperated by granting employees leaves of absence to serve in the Peace Corps International Business Machines American Telephone and Telegraph and General Motors are just three examples Caterpillar Tractor Company helped train our Volunteers who went to Tunisia to serve as mechanics We have had tremendous support from labor unions organizations like the Communications Workers of America and the United Auto Workers are sponsoring leaves of absence for Volunteers American agriculture is helping also The Farmers Union the Grange and the 4 H for example are administering programs for us overseas Private agencies like the YMCA and CARE and foundations like the Near East Foundation and Heifer are operating Peace Corps programs overseas The vast community of education has mobilized to help the Peace Corps We have trained Volunteers at forty universities from Harvard in the East to the University of California at Berkeley in the West Universities like UCLA are administering programs in partnership with the Peace Corps Others like Ohio State are giving academic credit for service in the Peace Corps Boards of education which control public schools are giving leaves of absence to teachers who want to volunteer New York City Chicago Philadelphia and Los Angeles are among them and they have already approached us about hiring other Volunteers when they come home from Peace Corps service In a sense therefore the Peace Corps provides a genuine sabbatical for teachers and professors who are of very high quality indeed This great response to the Peace Corps by Americans from all areas of our population is one exciting reason we believe the United States is benefiting as much and perhaps more from the Peace Corps than countries which receive Volunteers There is another reason however why this is true and it lies in the realm of what Peace Corps experience ultimately contributes to our country through the individual Volunteers who go abroad An African Poet has written Go up country they said To see the real Africa You will find your hidden heart Your mute ancestral spirit Our Volunteers have gone up country to live and work and they are seeing the real Africa and the real Asia and the real Latin America They will return to the United States with the significant and profound experience of having lived among the people of foreign lands not as expatriates but as persons who have eaten their food lived in their houses lived under their laws spoken their languages and shared their work More importantly they will have a new understanding of the aspirations and the wants of the people with whom they share this turbulent globe an understanding gleaned not from books or newspapers or hurried trips to capital cities but the deep understanding which can only come from being a part of the society which you seek to know Each year 5 000 of these Americans will come back into government services and private industry continuing their work in foreign affairs or simply entering the mainstream of American life Wherever they go they will enrich the life of their communities they will help create an America more profoundly aware of world problems and world responsibilities They will bring back with them the second American Revolution a revolution of knowledge and increased capacity to work with other free men The Peace Corps movement in my country therefore has taken on a significance far beyond the number of Volunteers in service or the number of countries in which they work These numbers do not really explain the Peace Corps the remarkable response of the American people to a demanding and difficult call to service or the capacity of idealistic citizens to surmount the barriers of dozens of foreign cultures and languages and societies For that answer we must look to the mainstream of the American tradition the course that runs from the farms of Lexington and bullet streaked Bunker Hill to the shadowed streets of New York and the turbulent campus at Oxford Mississippi It is the tradition summed up by Lincoln when at Edwardsville Indiana he admonished his countrymen What constitutes the bulwark of your own liberty and independence It is not our frowning battlements or bristling sea coasts Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men in lands everywhere I would be the first to admit that we have not always been true to this tradition We have not always supported freedom abroad nor

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty Conference
    that will stick And that lesson says that democracy doesn t just stop with a vote Democracy has to go all the way through our society from the way that we plan our programs to the way we staff and run them that goes for education for job training for job placement for legal services for consumer education for pre school education That principle is sinking deeper and deeper broader and broader And it will continue to spread and spread Fourth we ve begun to help people realize that controversy and criticism isn t all bad That you ve got to have controversy and criticism if you re going to achieve progress But if you think that s safe or popular politically you re wrong Dollar per dollar we ve generated more controversy and criticism or more press coverage than any domestic program in recent history Never have so many been paid so little to talk to much And I don t mean ME For any charge you can think of there s somebody else who has accused us of doing just the opposite As a member of this Administration I am running the most successful non consensus in Washington Except that there has emerged consensus on one point that poverty must be eliminated You know how you can tell The very people who this year say we re not reaching enough poor people are the ones who said two years ago that there weren t any poor people to reach Fifth we ve made breakthroughs in the deep South where everybody predicted we would never even be permitted to operate Head Start during the first summer integrated more school districts in the South than were integrated in the ten years after Brown V Board of Education We ve only made inroads beginnings but they said it couldn t be done But it has been done True it hasn t been enough But saying that doesn t cancel out what has been done Today in programs run with OEO funds we see the first Negro white collar workers in some state agencies We see Negro and white Board members of Community Action programs sitting down to talk for the first time And just yesterday some of the officials from Project Star were down to tell me that of the 32 Board members of Star 15 had just been elected by the trainees by the students All of those elected were poor And all of them were Negro Twenty months ago that would have been unbelievable in Mississippi and in many other places But today it s a fact Take the religious issue the church state issue Just three or four years ago it was practically impossible for a federal agency to give a direct grant to a religious group People said that there was that wall between church and state But we said that wall was put there to keep government out of the pulpit not to keep the Clergy

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Keynote Speech at Sales & Marketing Executives International Convention
    a half years we have been trying to reach the poor with programs help and opportunity Head Start to give training and motivation to pre school youngsters and their families Job Corps and Neighborhood Youth Corps to provide education counseling and skill training to teen age youth Legal Services to make available neighborhood lawyers concerned only with the legal problems faced by the poor Neighborhood Health Centers to provide comprehensive medical services in one place in the neighborhood where the poor live Upward Bound to give underachieving high school students the incentives to go on to higher education Foster Grandparents to provide meaningful useful work with institutionalized children for older americans Community action programs developed and operated locally to put responsibility back into the community rather than dictating programs from Washington All these and more have been set in motion in less than three years And more than 8 million poor Americans have begun to climb up the ladders of opportunity we have created for them Some have emerged from poverty altogether For others only the first tentative steps have been taken But the important thing is that we have turned the spotlight of national attention and concern on this market which had previously been in darkness and we are doing it in the best traditions of American society with local control with every group pitching in with recognition of the practical necessity of the effort rather than a dependence on theoretical or emotional grounds For not even the richest nation in the world can continue to lead the pack if it carries on its back 32 million people worth of dead unproductive weight Cities and towns cannot grow and prosper when a disproportionate share of their wealth is being drained off into welfare law enforcement health and protective services for the poor Industry cannot grow when millions of men and women are shut off from the job market by rapidly growing gaps in education and training The spirit of a nation cannot be maintained when one fifth of its citizens are increasingly alienated increasingly disaffected and increasingly vulnerable to irresponsible calls to violence It is in recognition of these practical truths that every segment of our society is now strongly in support of all War on Poverty programs This is a fact There is no single significant body of opposition in America to any of the programs we have undertaken Even Republicans in Congress have already indicated the need for more money next year for the War on Poverty and have gone on record favoring the continuation of each of the programs we have created All they are against I might say parenthetically is me and the agency I head They approve of all the rest But the unanimity of support is nothing short of an amazing national consensus I don t think it has ever before happened that The American Bar Association has actually sponsored a federal legal services program The AMA has endorsed and urged expansion of

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shrivers speaks to the American Association of School Administrators in 1962
    Association the American Association of School Administrators the National Catholic Education Association and all the others to combine together so that when these Peace Corps Volunteers return from successful teaching experience abroad they will be overwhelmed with opportunities for service in the classrooms of America You won t be doing them any special favor by encouraging them to go into education You will be helping yourselves These returning Peace Corps Volunteers are going to have plenty of job opportunities Ed Murrow the Director of USIA has already asked me how he can go about recruiting some of them for service in his worldwide organization The State Department will want them Congressmen and Senators will want them for their staff assistants American business will want them The question is will American Education get them I suggest furthermore for your consideration that when these young men and women return from abroad they can well become the best teachers in the school systems of America First they will know their subjects second they will know foreign countries third they will know foreign languages fourth they will know the world Men and women so equipped will be among the most stimulating people on your faculties wherever you are located I suggest again that this is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of education in our country to challenge college graduates to stay in education for a lifetime career and thereby add not subtract from the total number of available teachers in our country Third I recall to your knowledge the fact that many teachers who have been working in your school systems for 5 6 7 8 9 10 years sometimes lose a part of the spirit the enthusiasm they brought to their jobs when they were younger In the old days we gave sabbatical leaves to refresh their minds to give them a new outlook to recharge their batteries so to speak so they could return re imbued with the spirit and enthusiasm of their original dedication and perhaps with more knowledge than when they started as young teachers The Peace Corps presents an unparalleled opportunity for the school systems of our country to send abroad experienced teachers who deserve this kind of new sabbatical which comes at no expense to them as individuals and which comes to our schools at no expense to their budgets American education today is losing some of these experienced teachers to other professions This seepage out of the classroom is adding to the teacher shortage I predict that dozens of these experienced teachers would be encouraged to stay in teaching if they joined the Peace Corps and learned all over again how glorious how rewarding their profession really is But most of these experienced teachers cannot surrender their jobs their seniority or their place on the ladder of salary advancement Their position relative to their colleagues must be preserved The big question for American educators today the question for all of you men and woman in this room today is this Are you and your Boards of Education willing to give a leave of absence with predated seniority and status rights to any experienced teacher who volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps It s easy for you or for me to encourage experienced teachers to serve their country overseas through the Peace Corps but it s hard when it gets down to the point of making a sacrifice ourselves in order to permit a teacher to do so This sacrifice is required of American education In my judgment it is very little sacrifice indeed because the experienced teachers whom you lose for two years will return to your classrooms reinvigorated better teachers than before Listen to this quotation from Tom Livingston of Wooddale Illinois a Peace Corps teacher in Ghana Life goes well in Dodowa Every day holds some new adventure I can hardly believe that I am now in my sixth week of teaching The students are wonderful and the staff has been most friendly Mr Addy the headmaster gave me a monumental introduction the first day of school He is ever so grateful to the U S for sending the desperately needed masters to Ghana The students are an inspiration They fight with each other over who is to be the lucky one to carry the master s books and papers and they stand to greet me in unison whenever I enter the class They try very hard for the most part but they have quite a bit of difficulty with English And my American accent does not help it I always pronounce the r on all words and they often look at me puzzled until I say its Anglo Ghaealan equivalent father is fathah end here is heah They really break up whenever I give them a hit of American slang They constantly request something in American vernacular And listen to these words from Nancy Jeffers of Las Vegas Nevada a Peace Corps teacher in the Philippines The children are really something they are naive and innocent almost godlike for they seem to be untouched by any corruption or immorality Their faces are unforgettable they are the faces of the poor the deprived the underprivileged but they are also the faces of the gentle the humble the bashful grateful and most of all they are the faces of the eager the willing I worked with these children today for the first time their calm shy manner did not hide the eagerness reflected in their faces And the teachers eight of them quietly dedicating their lives to these children They are also eager to learn Some of them young some of them older each one different in his own way each an individual yet all with the same goal and purpose to improve the lot of the school child and to instill in them the importance of learning of keeping an active working mind of becoming better citizens through education I am going

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