"Gray Corps" of senior citizens could help fight poverty, health problems in developing world
May 30, 2005
The Peace Corps
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, more than 178,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.
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Existing programs for seniors
AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America are community services programs that engage 2 million Americans each year.
The GrayCrops concept should be explored at the upcoming White House Conference on Aging, a meeting that occurs only once a decade and is meeting this year in Washington on December 11-14. Currently the focus of senior volunteer programs is towards activities in the United States. The time has come to expand these programs to the rest of the world where the payoffs will be even greater.
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Helping the poor by selling them stuff - 24-May-2005
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A look at why is Madagascar so poor - 22-May-2005
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