Nana Toure, 24, of Memphis, Tenn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Togo June 10 to begin training as a community health volunteer. Toure will live and work in a community to assist the Ministry of Health and other partners in improving and expanding health education, especially in rural areas.
“Growing up, I have always dreamed to one day become a helping hand to people in need. A helping hand that I wish I had when I was in the Ivory Coast where I was born. The Peace Corps will give me the opportunity to not only help other communities but it will also give me the chance to travel and learn new cultures,” said Toure.
Toure is a graduate of Sheffield High School in Memphis, Tenn. She then attended Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010. Toure also has a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University in Miami, Fla.
During the first three months of her service, Toure will live with a host family in Togo to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Toure will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Togo, where she will live and work for two years with the local people.
Toure believes that serving as a Peace Corps volunteer will help her “grow not only as an individual but also as a great health advocate and professional.”
About volunteers in Togo: More than 2,720 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Togo since the program was established in 1962. Currently, 88 volunteers serve in Togo. Volunteers work in the areas of education, environment, health, business and information technology. Volunteers are trained and work primarily in French, but are also trained in the following languages: Adja, Bassar, Ewe/Watchi, Gourma, Haoussa, Ifè (Ana), Kabiyé, Kotokoli, Mina and Tchokossi (Anoufo).
About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.
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