From: Global Service Corps [gsc@app.topica.com]
Sent: June 30, 2005 6:30 PM
To: gsc@earthisland.org
Subject: GSC Tanzania Program Expands!

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GSC Tanzania Program Expands!
Food Security For Communities Affected by HIV/AIDS
Global Service Corps (GSC) Executive Director Rick Lathrop recently returned from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conference entitled “HIV/AIDS, Food and Nutrition Security” in Durban, South Africa. Focusing on the interconnection of these three areas, this global assembly coincides with the expansion of Global Service Corps’ work in the Tanzanian community. With the continuing development of the Seeds of Sustenance (SOS) Fellowship Program and the summer launch of nutrition training for volunteers, GSC is aiming toward a more holistic approach to the pervasive issues of hunger and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

At the conference, Rick presented Global Service Corps’ Seeds of Sustenance (SOS) Fellowship Program, a unique cross-sectoral, cost effective, and sustainable training program designed to provide skills and practical information in food production, nutrition, AIDS prevention and care, and income generation to rural African communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Over the past 10 years, Global Service Corps has developed technical expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, bio-intensive agriculture and nutrition. As the intertwined nature of these fields becomes increasingly apparent, there is a growing need to address them jointly. Through the SOS program, GSC recruits, prepares, and trains local and visiting fellows to become qualified instructors and to integrate the work of participating local organizations.

In addition to the SOS Fellowship, GSC is developing this integrated approach in its other volunteer programs in Tanzania. This summer, the first ever nutrition training will be held for volunteers in the June and July HIV/AIDS and Sustainable Agriculture programs in Arusha, Tanzania. The three-day introductory nutrition course will be led by University of Minnesota-Duluth professor John Kowalczyk. The supplemental nutrition training will enable volunteers to train Tanzanians about the importance of a healthy diet and a strong immune system in combating HIV/AIDS. By progressively implementing a nutrition component into all of its Tanzania programs, GSC and its participants hope to address a largely unmet need of Tanzanian communities: to develop a sustainable healthy food source and reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. For more information, please contact gsctanzania@earthisland.org.

GSC is currently accepting applications for the Fellowship program scheduled to begin in January 2006. Applicants must hold a graduate degree in a relevant field and have previous international experience in Africa or other developing countries. Please contact gscoperations@earthisland.org or check our website at http://www.globalservicecorps.org/tanzania/fellowship.htm for further information.
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