2nd October 2017
Tonga’s Peace Corps celebrated 50 years of friendship and service in the Kingdom on the 2nd of October, 2017. A ceremony for the unveiling of the Peace Corps Tonga’s Anniversary Plaque was held at Uafu ‘Amelika (Yellow Pier Wharf) and attended by the Guest of Honour, HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Ambassador from the United States Government for Fiji, Her Excellency Judith Cefkin.
The Hon. Prime Minister delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of Tonga where he thanked Her Excellency Judith Cefkin, a retired Peace Corps worker for attending the program and recalled working with members of the Peace Corps in Ha’apai.
“Everyone who have been associated with the peace corps has great memories of the adventures and achievements in Tonga. Some have not only served our people but have formed friendship and made a difference in our lives,” the Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga told guests.
“The commitment and the noble sacrifice that the US government and the people to make a difference by experiencing first-hand the Tongan culture and knowledge for the local people have made these initiatives a continued success as many of these volunteers were young and talented group of men and women many of whom have become long term friends of the kingdom.”
The Hon. Prime Minister told the gathering that 50 years ago Tonga has been blessed with more than one thousand six hundred volunteers who have demonstrated ingenuity and creativity to solve critical challenges alongside our local community leaders.
“May all the peace corps who have not only given this service of years in Tonga and impact in the develop of the kingdom is incomparable and to the current volunteers who are here today I wish all the best in their service and which the peace corps can continue and expand its work in Tonga. To the peace corps volunteers…. today is dedicated to all of you and to the lasting and cooperation between the kingdom of Tonga and the United States.”
Peace Corps volunteers performed a Tongan cultural dance which was followed by the vote of thanks by Drew Havea and closing prayer by Rev. Semisi Fonua.