The Kansas-Paraguay Chapter and the Comité Paraguay Kansas commemorated 50 years of changing lives during three events. The Kansas-Paraguay Chapter held a celebration in Kansas with the Paraguayan Ambassador to the U.S. in April. Partners President and CEO John McPhail joined the Chapters at the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay in June to celebrate 50 years of partnership and the 242nd year of U.S. independence. In September, the Chapters with Partners D.C. staff celebrated at the Embassy of Paraguay in Washington, D.C. with the Paraguayan Ambassador. Over their 50 years, the Chapters have implemented agricultural and health programs, youth exchange programs, cultural programs, and emergency relief support programs.
West Virginia-Espírito Santo, Brazil
Throughout five decades, the West Virginia Chapter and the Comitê de Espíritu Santo have championed higher education, working closely with West Virginia University, Marshall University, the University of Charleston, and a variety of public education school systems. Today, the West Virginia Chapter is more diverse than ever with engagement from higher and public education, the legal community, local and state governments, the arts and cultural communities, and a plethora of ordinary citizens interested in promoting an open and knowledgeable global community.
In November, the President of the Georgia Chapter, Sharon Anderson, and Pernambuco Chapter President, Tibério Monteiro, met with the Acting Governor of Pernambuco, Brazil in honor of 50 years of partnership. Georgia and Pernambuco celebrated their legacy of the historic Friendship Force flights between Atlanta and Recife that facilitated economic and cultural exchanges for approximately 3,500 Pernambucans and Georgians. In recent years, the Chapters have mobilized volunteers to promote youth training and civic engagement.
Washington, D.C.-Brasília, Brazil
Over the past 50 years, the Washington, D.C.-Brasília Chapter and the Comitê de Brasília Chapter have engaged in a wide variety of two-way cultural, educational and development exchanges in areas such as: teacher education, ethics and character education, youth leadership, disability rights, art and culture, HIV/AIDS, and drug prevention. In recent years, the Chapters have worked with the United States Embassy in Brazil to celebrate International Education Day.
Maine-Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
The Maine Chapter celebrated 50 years of partnership with the Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Chapter, alongside Partners President and CEO John McPhail and other distinguished guests in Yarmouth, Maine in July. Volunteers have accomplished such initiatives as constructing wells in drought-stricken areas and providing education and cultural exchanges. More recently, the Chapters have focused on promoting social justice through a domestic violence project and conducting cultural exchanges through visiting art exhibitions.