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Gloucester couple spends nearly two years volunteering in Zambia

Morganne and Asa Skinner of Gloucester recently returned from a nearly two-year volunteership in the African nation of Zambia.

After graduating from college and working for a few years, the couple wanted to do something different and joined the Peace Corps.

They left for Zambia in February 2018, living in the Lunda tribe and learning how to speak the Lunda language, which is similar to Swahili. They lived in a 300-400 square-foot brick house made out of mud.

The couple served as “Rural Aquaculture Promoters,” where they taught Zambians how to fish farm as a means of obtaining food for their households. Other responsibilities included giving weekly English language lessons and educating Zambians about malaria and how to use malaria nets through door-to-door and community-wide demonstrations.

Morganne started a women’s bread-baking group to help the women increase their income. She also helped teach classes on topics such as family planning, cooking and nutrition for childre...

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