Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later

Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.
Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Tony Ends and Hamidou Sakhanokho (above) met when Ends was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1975. Today, the two are still close as they reflect on their forty year friendship.

When Hamidou Sakhanokho stares at the degrees that hang on the walls of his office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he thinks about his quest to the United States, his home village of Tourimé, Senegal, and the obstacles he has overcome. But one name always comes to mind as he reflects on his journey to success: returned Peace Corps volunteer Tony Ends.

“Besides my parents and siblings, my English teacher, Tony, is the person who influenced me the most,” said Sakhanokho, 55, a research plant molecular geneticist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Poplarville, Miss. “By American standards, Tony was by no means a rich person, and yet he was willing to send a plane ticket to a former student in Senegal and help educate him in the U.S. Thanks to his help, I was able to get an excellent education and subsequently a good job.” Continue reading “Returned Peace Corps volunteer and Senegal native’s friendship flourishes 40 years later”

Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana

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Name: Angela Hamilton
Country of Service: Dominican Republic, 2006-2009
Peace Corps Response: Guatemala, 2013-2014
Recruitment Territory: Kentucky, Southern Indiana Continue reading “Angela Hamilton – Kentucky & Southern Indiana”

Russell, Ky., Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in South Africa

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Katie Jo Horton, 27, of Russell, Ky., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa Jan. 23 to begin training as an HIV outreach volunteer. Horton will assist in starting and maintaining HIV/AIDS education and awareness programs.

“My desire to travel and help people influenced my decision to apply to Peace Corps,” she said. “The opportunity provides the chance to grow as a human being.”

Horton is the daughter of Rebecca Johnson and a 2003 graduate of Russell High School in Russell, Ky. She graduated from Berea College in 2008 and earned her master’s degree in public health from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 2011.

“Attending Berea was probably the biggest influence,” Horton said. “It was a diverse campus with people from all nations, and just having time to get to know people and how they live their lives was very intriguing to me. It made me want to serve and continue learning.” Continue reading “Russell, Ky., Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in South Africa”