ON November 9, the U.S. government through Peace Corps Zambia swore into service 20 new Volunteers from the United States following 11 weeks of training in technical skills, language, and cross-cultural understanding. The Volunteers will work with community members in rural areas of Zambia for two years on locally-prioritized education and health programs in the Central, Eastern, Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, Northwestern, Southern, and Western provinces. Eleven of the 20 volunteers will work under the Community Health Empowerment Project (CHEP) and nine under the Rural Education Development (RED) Project. CHEP Volunteers work to increase the knowledge and skills of women to adopt practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy, prevent malaria and new HIV infections, and improve equitable care, support, and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. RED Volunteers build the capacity of teachers to use gender-equitable practices in the classroom, improve students’ English skills, and plan and teach adult literacy classes. The Minister of Health, Hon. Sylvia Masebo was the guest of honor at the ceremony. Permanent Secretary Joel Kamoko from the Ministry of Education; Western Province Provincial Minister Kapelwa Mbangweta; Inunda Meimanene and Inunda Namamba from the Western Province representing the Litunga, King of Barotseland; and His Royal Highness Chief Chamuka VI of the Lenje people were special guests. U.S. Embassy Zambia Chargé d’Affaires Linnisa Wahid officially swore in the 20 new Volunteers.