In Memorium: Catherine “Kate” Puzey,
from Peace Corps Polyglot
We were saddened on late Friday to learn of the death of 24-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer Catherine “Kate” Puzey, who was found outside of her home in Benin early Thursday.
Kate Puzey, a Georgia native and a graduate of William and Mary College, had been teaching English since July 2007 in the rural village of Badjoude, approximately six hours north of the capital city of Cotonou.
A US State Department official said that she appeared to have been murdered, but neither the Benin government nor the State Department have officially determined her cause of death.
Peace Corps Acting Director Jody Olsen said, “Kate was an exemplary member of the Peace Corps family whose dedicated work as a secondary English teacher in a rural public school in Badjoude, Benin, contributed greatly to the lives of the Beninese citizens. Kate’s life and work spoke volumes about the kind of dedication she had to her service as a Volunteer, and the U.S. Peace Corps is greatly saddened by her loss. Our condolences go out to her family and loved ones at this time.”
The Kate Puzey Memorial Fund has been established to help causes Puzey believed in.
Donations can be sent to: c/o Smith, Gambrell, and Russel, LLP, Suite 3100, 1230 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-3592.
Legislation (information below shared by Kristina Scholz, RPCV Kyrgyzstan 2006-08)
There is currently legislation bearing Kate’s name that is being proposed to congress. The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 aims to protect PCV whistleblowers as well as to provide sexual assault risk-reduction and training Peace Corps-wide. Please show your support for legislation designed to protect Peace Corps Volunteers named after our friend Kate Puzey that is being introduced in the house and senate.
– for more details on the legislation –
– for current cosponsors and how to contact your representatives –
– to identify your congressperson – http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
– for other info – http://www.katesvoice.net
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