Donald Simon

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Donald Simon
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Country Nicaragua
Years: 1973-1974
Site(s) Managua
Region(s) Managua
Program(s) Business
From US state Massachusetts
Donald Simon started in Nicaragua 1973
Sharon Elliott, Tom Newcomb, Donald Simon
Region: Managua
Minor Harris, Carol Schrillo, Donald Simon
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Jennifer Guevara, Erica Marcy Navarro, Donald Simon
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Projects in Nicaragua
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Construction of a Community Library for Elementary School Teachers and Students, Improvements to the Infrastructure of Youth Group House and Clinic, Plan Today, Live Tomorrow: Teaching Sexual and Reproductive Responsibility in Secondary Schools, Trash Treatment Facility
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Member of the Omnibus group which trained in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Did not receive assignment until arrival in Managua. Stayed in hotel for first 2 months because of lack of available and suitable housing due to December 1973 earthquake. Began assignment with the Banco Nacional de Nicaragua providing technical assistance to their small business clients as a condition of receiving loans to re-establish their post-earthquake enterprises. However, quickly became disillusioned with job once it was evident that client interest in technical assistance was inversely related to loan approval status. Peace Corps Director was going to Brazil for regional conference of Peace Corps staff and I provided him my resume to shop around. Received offers from Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador. Transferred to Ecuador, changed focus, and helped establish and sustain the Federacion de Campesinos de Tungurahua. After three years in the Peace Corps, agricultural economics became the logical pursuit after leaving Peace Corps and completed a Master's at Univ. of Kentucky in 1979. After grad school, became a coop development specialist for USDA in Washington, DC. Still with the Federal Government in the same city to this day.

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