Peace Corps Volunteer Fundraises For Malaria Prevention

My name sake, her mom and I

Emily McGann witnessed malaria’s reach and the devastating effects it havocked on her community in The Gambia while working as a health Peace Corps Volunteer over the past two years. But it wasn’t until she lost a fellow member in her community to the disease that she felt the destruction first hand.

Now, McGann is raising money through a Peace Corps Partnership (PCPP) grant in order to buy and distribute long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), or bed nets, to every member in her community to help prevent the spread of malaria.

“Malaria work has become my main focus for the rest of my service. It’s my goal to educate as many people as I can about the dangers of malaria and prevention methods,” said McGann. “By increasing malaria knowledge in the community, I hope to see future generations continue to embrace the culture of sleeping under bed nets and hopefully see malaria eradicated in The Gambia.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer Fundraises For Malaria Prevention”

Mediapolis, Iowa, resident begins Peace Corps service in China


Taylor Reis, 25, of Mediapolis, Iowa, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China June 19 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Reis will live and work at the community level to make a difference by teaching conversational and content-based English to college students.

“The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship. That is something I am passionate about,” Reis said. “At the end of my life, it won’t matter how much money I’ve made or how big my house was; what will matter will be the difference I made in the world, the people I’ve helped and how I’ll be remembered.” Continue reading “Mediapolis, Iowa, resident begins Peace Corps service in China”