My Ukrainian friend Olga emailed me that she walked to the Starobelsk Public Library the other day and went into the grand reading room where we had held our English Club. It is now the computer room, she said, thanks to the Bill Gates Foundation's Bibliomist project. That project's goal, to computerize 1,000 libraries in Ukraine, addressed a real need in Starobelsk. We jumped on it. After going through many hoops and many tries, "the little library that could" in far-eastern Ukraine got a grant.
So Olga watched the people at the computers and talked with the librarians. It was nice news.
Today, America needs to remember the 8,073 volunteers who are now serving in 76 countries. They are grassroots ambassadors empowering local people to take charge of their futures. They lay the foundations for peace from the bottom up.
"The Peace Corps' unique people-to-people approach is needed now more than ever," PC acting director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Samoa,1981-83) testified recently before Congress.