Friday, November 30, 2007

Recent Nam 25, Nam 26 and new Nam 27 PCV blogs, news and information for the month of November

New Era newspaper article about the launch of Nam 25 PCVers, Will and Beth's HIV/AIDs CD project: Namibia Alive Volume 11

Save the M-Bag!!

All Nam 25 bloggers

Nam 25 bloggers active lately:
my week and my trip (10/27)
Links to photos of our trip in August
I call them the "okamati mafia" (11/9)
Counseling (11/2)
A Tour to End Two Years (11/12)
Photos of the tour (11/12)
Happy Thanksgiving! (11/22)
I'm still alive (11/16)
The beginning of the end (11/7)
5 new posts (11/28)
Manic Lunatic is my name (11/26)
my sister's birthday (11/25)
Nam 25 at our close of Service conference in September (11/20)
Open letter to my midnight friend (11/15)
Capetown Visit (11/7)
Fun with Lee and Isha (11/7)
Fire threatens to take school, then doesn't (11/2)
Update from the void (11/10)
Updated Plans (11/2)
The Exodus begins (11/18)
Welcoming the Younglings (11/4)
Two years gone by (11/29)
Meme Pamela (11/21)
Nam 25...We made it! (11/15)
Make than monkey dance (11/1)

All Nam 26 bloggers

Nam 26 bloggers active lately:

New Nam 27 bloggers - Just arrived in Namibia November 1!

Parent, sibling, relative or friend of a Nam 27'er? Have questions? Want to ask someone who's been there? click this link:
PeaceCorpsNamibia Yahoo group

Dave in Namibia
An Adventure Awaits
Letters from Overseas
The Elephant in the Middle of the Room
A Nacerima in Namibia
A Carolina Gamecock in Namibia
A Bit Off
Life in the Desert: Beth's Namiban Adventures you might as well dance
Natalie, Namibia
Sand in my shoes
a big fat two year trip dans Afrique
Under the Namibian Sun
here goes
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us
A stranger in a strang(er) land

Other Namibia Peace Corps Blog links

Link to previous list of recent blogs (October 2007)

Recent news from Namibia

Friday, November 23, 2007

Save the M-Bag - Peace Corps Community Advocacy Issue

Background information

On May 14 the U.S. Postal Service eliminated International Surface Mail (M-Bag). This is the method used extensively by NPCA affiliate groups, returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends/family of currently serving Peace Corps volunteers in supporting grassroots efforts in many rural schools and communities in our countries of service.

USPS now offers airmail service only, which in most cases has tripled (or even quadrupled) the cost of shipping items overseas. This has shut down many projects not only with RPCVs but other non-profits, church groups and school groups.

Several groups (Friends of Malawi, African Library Project , One World Childrens Fund, among others) are compiling a list of non-profits and other groups who are protesting the elimination of International Surface Mail. This list will be sent to the Board of Governors of USPS as well as to Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which oversees USPS.

Take action now

An interesting Chicago Tribune article about the M-Bag