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ambulanceThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project partnered with MedStar Ambulance Service to include water safety logos and messages on their newest ambulance.    Be on the lookout for the newest addition to the MedStar Ambulance Service fleet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project partnered with MedStar Ambulance Service to include water safety logos and messages on their newest ambulance. 
    To promote water safety, the ambulance features the “Life Jacket Worn – Nobody Mourns” logo on each side.  In addition water safety awareness messages are located on the side and back doors. 
    “Public safety is our number one priority and this partnership will help the Corps and MedStar increase public awareness and safety,” said Joe Smothers, assistant project manager at Carlyle Lake. “This is a unique way to increase water safety awareness and support the Corps’ water safety mission.”
    The ambulance will be used year-round and will service Carlyle Lake and surrounding areas. 
    For more information on Carlyle Lake, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CarlyleEvent    Since 1999, more than 2,000 Foods Resource Bank (FRB) U.S. volunteers have enabled more than 1.6 million farmers to help themselves in developing countries. 
    Local community members can hear firsthand July 30 from guests from Burkina Faso, Africa, how funds from local farmers have helped overseas farmers grow lasting solutions to hunger.
    “FRB gives U.S. based agricultural communities an opportunity to connect with and support farmers in other countries,” said Fran Etter, part of the FRB Metro East Growing Project in Breese. “These types of connections open the door to better cultural understanding and important dialogue about agricultural concerns and practices around the world.”
    The Burkina Faso guests – Sarah Sensamaust and Pastor Gustave Diendere – will speak at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 30, at St. Felicitas Church, Beaver Prairie (13322 Church Rd., Carlyle). They will share how conservation agriculture has helped farmers feed their families even during climate extremes. 
    The public is welcome to attend the potluck event.
    “Meeting with our guests from Burkina Faso will help us to get a better understanding of the kinds of economic and environmental factors that challenge them and discuss ways that growing projects in Illinois might assist them through financial support, prayer, and ideas to enhance their livelihood,” Etter said.
    Catholic Relief Services is one of the partners of FRB. Across the U.S., FRB’s 163 Growing Projects bring together farmers, businesses, churches and civic groups to grow crops or raise animals, giving everyone the chance to contribute. Money generated through the sale of the crops and animals is used to help hungry people living in some of the most remote regions of the world grow their own food and earn an income.
    Foods Resource Bank will host visitors this summer who represent two of its Burkina Faso, Africa, food security programs. The Mennonite Central Committee implements the programs with local partner Office de Développment des Eglises Evangéliques. The programs focus on helping women farmers adapt to climate change and on helping the women support their families with better nutrition.
    Sarah Sensamaust and Pastor Gustave Diendere are traveling in the U.S. during July and August accompanied by Eric Mattson, FRB regional director. They will share program success stories with FRB supporters, including volunteers, farmers, churches, communities, legislators, donors and media in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. They also will speak Aug. 3-4 at FRB’s Annual Summer Celebration in Holland, Michigan.
    The Burkina Faso programs focus on learning conservation agriculture techniques. In addition, the women participate in credit and savings groups.
    Brief bios:
    • Sarah Sensamaust has served as the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) representative in Burkina Faso since 2014. She grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has a master’s degree in International Development from the American University in Cairo. She taught in the Democratic Republic of Congo for six years and worked at the American embassy in the DRC to help implement an HIV/AIDS project. She shares her representative role with her husband Adam, and they have three daughters. With a passion for the culture and development of Francophone Africa, Sarah has greatly enjoyed her time living and working for MCC in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
    • Pastor Gustave Diendere is the program and projects coordinator for the Office de Développement des Eglises Evangéliques (ODE). He has worked for ODE since 1989. He is originally from Song Naba, a village in northern Burkina Faso. He graduated from the Institut Supérieur Polytechnique de l’Université de Ouagadougou with a degree in Rural Development. He became a pastor in 2003 after going to seminary in Togo at the Faculté de Théologie des Assemblées de Dieu. He and his wife Esther have three children. In his current role he doesn’t get to visit the field as often as he likes so he expresses his love for agriculture with a small field outside of the city where he grows peanuts, beans, corn, and hopes to start raising market rabbits.
    About Food Resource Bank:
    Momentum for FRB’s mission is building. Since its founding in 1999, FRB and its volunteers have raised more than $35 million, enabling more than 1.6 million people living in developing countries to become food secure. 
    Headquartered in Western Springs, Illinois, FRB was founded in 1999 as a Christian response to ending world hunger through sustainable agriculture and community involvement. FRB partners with 14 organizations to help smallholder farmers in developing countries grow their own food. Across the U.S., FRB engages people to help raise funding and awareness for these food security projects. Thousands of volunteers are involved, including churches, community groups and U.S. farmers. These programs helped improve the nutrition, food security and livelihood of more than 250,000 people living in the poorest regions of the world. FRB works through a network of member organizations and local partner organizations to support 47 programs in 27 countries around the world.
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