Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 26, 2011
Award winning journalist, author and former Peace Corps volunteer Maureen Orth has launched an interactive website that both highlights unusual and successful work of Peace Corps volunteers worldwide and also allows the wider Peace Corps community to contribute their own stories, pictures and “Video postcards” with the aid of a Google map.
To celebrate the fifty years of the Peace Corps’s work in 139 countries, Orth and award winning filmmaker Susan Koch traveled from Morocco to Colombia, Mongolia to Costa Rica and Mexico, to film volunteers in action. They plan to continue filming up to fifty videos and will go next to China. Prominent volunteer alumni such as former Senator Chris Dodd and MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews also share how their Peace Corps experience forever shaped their lives.
A volunteer herself in the sixties, Orth helped build a school in a mountain village in Colombia. Nearly four decades later she formed the Marina Orth Foundation to support the school becoming the first in Colombia to use One Laptop per Child computers while the village itself became the first in the country to be connected to WiFi. It now has nearly 300 families on Facebook and the foundation supports 1200 children in three schools.
The first videos posted include the story of maternal health volunteer Moses, who in a remote village in Morocco, introduced baseball to shepherd boys devoid of recreation. The boys have yet to see a real baseball game but now they have a way to have fun while learning team work and cooperation, using rocks as bases and an axe handle as a bat.
Another postcard shares the story of a young woman named Stephanie helping an orphanage in Mongolia become more self-sustaining by building a greenhouse and growing produce to sell for profit, enabling the orphanage to start a bakery business. These are just two of the inspiring stories of men and women of all ages and backgrounds who share the call to serve that can be seen on PeaceCorpsPostcards.com.
“What we have seen in our exotic travels so far is that the Peace Corps is about the best use of soft power the US has ever made,” says Orth. The entire budget of the Peace Corps costs 5 hours in Iraq. Plus these Americans speak the language and are accepted and loved.”
These video postcards are made possible by the generous support of Bank of America and American Express.