Peace Corps volunteers often inspire others to serve after they return to the U.S., but in the late ‘90s, a volunteer made a connection while she was still in Kenya that put a young man on the path toward his own life-changing adventure. Wilmore, Ky., resident Ian Powdrill spent 10 years of his childhood in Kenya, where his father worked as an eye surgeon and his mother was a nurse and teacher at a hospital.
“Living in a town nearby to ours, the volunteer became a friend of our family, coming over to the house for meals, laundry, and a hot shower,” Powdrill said. “I visited her, too, from time to time, and was impressed by her resourcefulness and independence, as well as her interdependence with the community.”
Fifteen years later, Powdrill, 29, has been accepted into the Peace Corps himself and will depart for Ghana Sept. 30 to begin training as an agriculture volunteer. Powdrill will make a difference increasing food security through increased agricultural productivity and economic activity, improved nutrition, sustained environmental conservation, and accelerated participation of the poor in rural growth. Continue reading “Wilmore, Ky., resident begins Peace Corps service in Ghana”