World Water Day: National Peace Corps Association to host worldwide Twitter discussion about rural Africa

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• Topic: Africa Rural Connect online program seeks ideas on innovative solutions for rural Africa

WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2010 -- The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation's leading nonprofit organization connecting, informing and engaging Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, will lead a worldwide discussion on sustainable water resources on behalf of its online program, Africa Rural Connect (ARC). The discussion will take place on Twitter all day Monday, March 22, as part of World Water Day and will focus on issues farmers in Africa face concerning access to water for irrigation and drinking.

"The Internet is allowing us to invite the whole world to our event to discuss water issues in rural Africa," said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association. "Using micro-blogging as the platform we are holding a discussion that is conducive to people throughout Africa and around the world."

In honor of World Water Day and as part of the 2010 ideas competition kick-off, ARC, which solicits ideas from around the globe on helping rural African communities, is spearheading the innovative discussion on water's role in agriculture and rural development in Africa. The Twitter discussion will be open to literally anyone with a computer or mobile phone.

The center of the online event will be a live discussion at the Local 16 bar in Washington from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST featuring academics, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others who have lived or worked in Africa. Participants at the event will share their ideas through a live Twitter feed displayed on a screen, where other users around the world will be able to add their perspectives virtually.

ARC launched its second annual competition on March 15, 2010 and will award cash prizes each round to the best ideas submitted by users on how to help rural Africa. The prize money is then used to help implement their proposals. One of last year's winners received money to build an innovative rabbit-fish farm in Kenya that could be used to boost profits.

"Africa Rural Connect is excited to kick off its second contest with this discussion in Washington and around the world," said Quigley. "Twitter is advancing our conversation on helping farmers in rural Africa in new and innovative ways."

To join the Twitter discussion, follow www.twitter.com/IdeasforAfrica and post a tweet using the hastag #ideasforafrica.

About The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
NPCA is a 501 (c) (3) is the nation's leading non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy. The NPCA network also includes 140 member groups across the U.S. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org.

To learn more about Africa Rural Connect, visit: www.AfricaRuralConnect.org

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