Former Guatemala Peace Corps Volunteer Honored For Humanitarian Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and the Peace Corps community, announced that the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service is Stuart Conway, an RPCV who served in Guatemala.

“We are excited to honor Stuart Conway for his work co-founding a nonprofit that helps communities to protect, conserve, and manage natural resources and for his untiring conservation efforts on behalf of communities worldwide,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association. “His commitment is in the finest tradition of Peace Corps Volunteers since the days of Sargent Shriver.”

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Conway is co-founder of Trees, Water, & People (TWP) and through its partnerships in Central America and Haiti, the organization has planted 3.5 million trees and counting. In collaboration with the Honduran Association for Development, TWP developed the Justa Stove, a fuel-efficient cook stove designed to reduce wood usage for fuel to conserve trees and reduce emissions. Conway expanded his beneficial stove program throughout Central America and Haiti, coordinating the building of nearly 40,000 fuel-efficient stoves and directly improving the lives of approximately 200,000 people.

The Shriver Award is given by NPCA each year to an RPCV who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad, or is an innovative social entrepreneur whose actions will bring about significant long-term change. The award is named after the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver, in the founding and development of the Peace Corps.

“The innovative efforts of Stuart Conway help further the mission of the Peace Corps and help to bring attention to the enormous contributions Volunteers make during and after service at home and abroad,” adds Quigley. “We are pleased to recognize his efforts with this award.”


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