Making the world better, one village at a time (Aired on January 25, 2013)

Seated L to R: Sue Osterhoudt, Pompey Delafield. Standing: Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

Seated L to R: Sue Osterhoudt, Pompey Delafield. Standing: Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

This interview tells a complex story of romance, success against great odds, and unexpected disaster. The children of two Hyde Park Rotarians met as young adults at a function, fell in love, married, and together joined the Peace Corps in Madagascar. The Rotarian in-laws, Sue Osterhoudt, Pompey Delafield, and spouses, visited the Madagascar village and asked what was most needed. The simple answer of “books” led to amazing results: building a library, creating a manual (by Ms. Osterhoudt, a former librarian) about how to set up a library, villagers young and old wanting to read both in English and in Malagasy (the language of Madagascar), volunteers teaching villagers to read, peer tutoring to expand the reading population in the village, literacy improvement in which the village moved from last place in Madagascar to first place, a business selling vanilla beans to support the project, and more. Then a Class 3 cyclone hit the village. Listen to the interview to learn how the volunteers and village coped.

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Peace Corps in Madagascar
Vanilla Bean Project called “From the Field Trading Company”
Hyde Park Rotary

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January 25, 2013 · Posted in International Programs, Literacy, Peace, Volunteers  

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