New Peace Corps cohort sworn in

KATHMANDU: The 201st cohort of United States' Peace Corps volunteers for Nepal was sworn in, on Friday.

The 29 volunteers were administered the oath by US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde and Peace Corps/Nepal Country Director Nelson Chase.

Now, they will begin their two-year service in Nepal, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement.

"The new volunteers join the ranks of more than 4,200 volunteers who have served in Nepal since 1961 and the more than 6,800 other Peace Corps Volunteers now serving in 64 other countries," the statement added.

It is the fourth group of volunteers to work in Nepal since reopening of the programme in 2012.

They had arrived in Nepal in March, but had returned home after the devastating April 25 earthquake.

"The volunteers returned on June 19, demonstrating their commitment to help their communities and the country to rebuild," the statement read.

The Peace Corps programme assigned them to districts in the Western and Mid-Western regions to work on food security, sanitation, and health projects.