The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippines Development (PCAFPD)

by Sylvia

May 2009 - PCAFPD Scholar Marlon Pura (seated, left), who was in the U.S. on a one year Fulbright scholarship, joined the Board and friends to help put together the  Spring 2009 newsletter.  Front row: Marlon Pura, Sarah McMeans, Lavinia Bright Standing: Bill Bright, Carol Radomski, Dave Brandt, Maureen Carroll, Stuart Taylor, Tim O'Brien, Mark Holt, and David McMeans.

The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippines Development (PCAFPD) is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in 2011 by collecting stories from Filipinos about Peace Corps Voluneers who served in the Philippines.  If you have memories of a Peace Corps Volunteer who was your friend, colleague or neighbor when you or your parents or grandparents were living in the Philippines, we’d like to hear from you.  Please send your submissions by email to (if you want to be the point person on this you can enter yours –or use board1@rpcvphilippines.org.  Also, for those who do not use email, submissions can be sent to PCAFPD, P.O. Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.

ABOUT PCAFPD:

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE FOUNDATION?
The Foundation supports Philippine development by creating educational opportunities for young Filipinos who indicate a willingness to contribute to the development of their country. The Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise could not pursue their education.  The Foundation has contributed to other development projects over the years, including the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

HOW IS THE FOUNDATION MANAGED?
The Foundation is administered by an elected Board of Directors, who serve without compensation. The Board meets regularly in Washington, D.C. (Visitors are always welcome)  Advances in technology have enabled us to operate the Foundation with board members located in other parts of the U.S. and in the Philippines.  Our Vice President in Manila, Mr. Roland de Jesus, monitors all scholarships, deals with school administrations, and provides guidance and support to the scholars.  Join the PCAFPD email discussion group or email us for more information.

In 2005, PCAFPD President Maureen Carroll and VP Carol Radomski made a field visit to the Philippines. Click here for highlights of the field visit.

HOW DOES THE FOUNDATION RAISE FUNDS?
The Foundation raises funds through direct contributions from former Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, Filipinos, and friends of the Philippines. Many Filipino-Americans choose the Foundation as a way to support students in their home country.  There is no formal office in Washington or the Philippines, and care is taken to keep overhead costs low so that most of the funds are devoted to scholarships.

For more details on The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippines Development (PCAFPD), please visit rpcvphilippines.org.


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