Remains of Peace Corps volunteer to repatriated

WASHINGTON: The Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob has offered his condolences to the family of Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Earl, who passed away in Oshakati last Saturday.

Speaking during a meeting with potential American investors in Washington on Wednesday, Geingob also expressed his condolences to the Peace Corps organisation.

He noted that Peace Corps volunteers are doing a good job in meeting Namibia’s development needs.

The 30-year-old Earl entered service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia on 13 March 2012.

Since that time, she has been serving as a community health volunteer, working with Catholic AIDS Action and coordinating after-school activities for youth in her community of Oshakati.

The acting Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet has been quoted in American newspapers as saying Earl was an exceptional Peace Corps volunteer, deeply engaged in her work with the youth of Oshakati.

“The entire Peace Corps family is devastated by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time,” she said.

It is not yet clear what Earl’s cause of death was.

The Peace Corps’ Chief of Operations for Africa, Carl Swartz during a meeting with the Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo here on Wednesday said they are busy preparing to repatriate Earl’s remains.

Alweendo met with the Peace Corps delegation on behalf of Geingob.

Soon after Independence in 1990, the Namibian Government requested Peace Corps assistance in meeting the country’s development needs.

In coordination with priorities of the government, Peace Corps Namibia has operated under a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education since 1990.

A new assignment was initiated in 2001, which placed volunteers in HIV/AIDS education positions.

About 1 800 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Namibia since Independence.