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Madagascar 2018

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The small rivers that flow through semi-arid southwestern Madagascar see lots of action most days of the year. Much of the activity centers around domestic chores, such as washing clothes. More recently, however, the scene also includes miners—both men and women—using makeshift strainers to sift gravel, in search of sapphires. This region of Madagascar has one of the largest deposits of sapphire stones in the world, which provides local miners with occasional income, but more commonly yields very little for their labors.
– John Donelson ©2015
PCV Ghana 1965–1966
Secondary School Math & Science Teacher

República del Perú
Western South America

Area 1.3M km2 (54th)

Population 30.4 mil (23/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Republic

Capital Lima (9.9M)

GCP/capita $12,300

Unemployment 9%

In poverty 26%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

Infact Mortality 20/1K live births


Literacy 95%

Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Evangelical 13%, other 3%

Labor Force Agriculture 26%, industry 17%, services 57%

PCVs 1962–1974, 2002–present CURRENT: 243; Youth & Community Economic Development, Health, Environment; TTD: 3,475