- The Peace Corps celebrated its 50th year anniversary and
brought 8 orphans and abandoned children from the Rehoboth
Children’s Home in Camiling, Tarlac to the folk life festival at
the National Mall in Washington DC.
The children showed off the Philippine national dance and
challenged the audience to test their own footwork.
They also showed curious Americans how to cook pancit.
dancing during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the
The Peace Corps has been in the Philippines since 1961.
Peace Corps volunteers now serve in over 140 countries but chose
only 14 to join the Washington fest that drawa about a million
visitors each year.
"Peace Corps volunteers help in our institution. They work
as full-time staff without pay and they’ve been helping us work
on development programs and life skills”, said Amelia Toquero,
the Executive Director at the Rehoboth Children's Home.
“They train the children to make them independent,” she
The 250 Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines is one of
the biggest contingent anywhere in the world. Another batch is
arriving this month.
Volunteers Leah and Tom Ferrebee have been working with
children at the Rehoboth Home for two years. They say it's all
about the kids who are excited about their first trip to the US.
“I was told before I moved to the Philippines how friendly
and welcoming Filipinos are, and that was so true,” Leah said.
“I absolutely love the community I live in. There’s not a
day that goes by that I don’t feel loved, accepted and
supported. We laugh and have fun. I will miss most the youth
that I work with and the sense of family I have in the
Philippines,” she added.
The Ferrebees are already wrapping up their stint. They are
leaving a little of themselves in Tarlac and bringing a bit of
the Philippines when they go home to Virginia Beach.
Source: ABS-CBN North America Bureau, July 06,