Wednesday, February 21, 2007

[FOG news] Board of directors' statement on the future of Friends of Guinea

Dear Friends of Guinea members and Guineaphiles:

In the wake of the recent dramatic events that have occurred in the country as well as the Peace Corps' suspension of their program in Guinea, several members have inquired about the future role of Friends of Guinea (FOG).

The board of directors would like reassure everyone that regardless of what happens in Guinea or with the Peace Corps program in the country, FOG will continue to remain an active organization.

Our focus will certainly change if the Peace Corps is absent from Guinea for a sustained period of time. In the absence of PCVs on the ground, FOG's role will shift away from support to the volunteers and volunteer families and toward support of development projects (when things calm down enough for them to be feasible) and advocacy.

FOG's most important role is in its ability to foster community. We will continue to keep everyone informed of what's going on in Guinea, not only politically but socially and in the development sphere as well. We will continue to provide and expand opportunities for RPCVs and other Guineaphiles to interact with each other and discuss Peace Corps-, Guinea- and FOG-related issues.

We will advocate for the re-insertion of the Peace Corps into Guinea as soon as conditions make the situation safe for volunteers.

We always welcome feedback as to how FOG can better serve its members, particularly during this transition period that we hope is temporary. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them on this blog or email them to: communications @

The Friends of Guinea board of directors

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