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Legacy Program

At the Segenat library in Mekelle. Photo by Janet Lee

From 1962 to 1976, 1995 to 1999, and 2007 onward more than 2,500 Peace Corps Volunteers worked in education, health, agriculture, community development and other fields in Ethiopia and Eritrea, countries that remain among the poorest in the world.

In 2003 Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs established the RPCV Legacy Program™ to allow returned Peace Corps Volunteers from these two countries to continue their legacy of service and assistance. To be part of the Program each project must be proposed by an RPCV or EE Staff “champion,” and reviewed and approved by the E&E RPCVs board of directors.

The champion donates 10% of the goal for the project, is manager of the project working closely with a member of the E&E RPCVs board. Be a champion.

As of April 1, 2016, the RPCV Legacy Program has raised US $260,000 for eight important education and health projects in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Five projects have met their goals while three others are ongoing.

Our current projects are:

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to one or more of the RPCV Legacy Program projects. A US dollar still goes a long way in Ethiopia and Eritrea!

E&E RPCVs maintains a separate account for each project and disburses ALL donations for each project to the recipient partner.

Your gift may be made in your name, anonymously, or in honor or memory of a friend, family member or other loved one.

For your records, the group's legal name is Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs, Inc. We are qualified as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our federal tax identification number is 54‑2113336. We are a New York state nonprofit corporation. Our New York state corporate number is 20-44-17.

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs will acknowledge receipt of your donation and provide you with documentation of donations for tax purposes.


Can you identify/design a project that you would like to see sponsored by E&E RPCVs that would promote opportunities to achieve sustainable development, relieve poverty and/or improve the quality of life in your countries of service? Is there a project you would like to support that will supplement, extend, and further the work of PCVs currently in your country of service?

Would you willing to become the “champion” of that project by shepherding its development and personally pledging 10% of its estimated cost to assure the success of the project?  Click on this link and Be a champion!


To donate using a check:

  • Make your check out to E&E RPCVs,
  • In the subject line, name the recipient project,
  • Include your email address for tax receipt,
  • Send your check to —

c/o Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Thank you!