On October 30, 2013, Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi visited Leo, a commune in the Center-West Region of Burkina, to visit ongoing Millenium Challenge Corporation Projects and the Peace Corps training facility. The morning began with a progress report meeting in the village of Sissili with the “chef du village” and numerous participants of the Millenium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Rural Land Governance Project.
The Ambassador then met with the representatives of the “Commission Foncière Villageoise” and the “Commission de Conciliation Foncière Villageoise,” two village bodies established and trained by the MCC to manage rural land rights for residents of their localities.
Ambassador Mushingi continued his visit at the newly constructed Leo Commune building, which will serve as Leo’s land administrative center staffed with MCC Compact-trained SFR (Rural land Service) agents. This building is one of 47 commune buildings funded by the MCC’s Rural Land Governance. Ambassador Mushingi and Nia Dramane, the Mayor of Leo, unveiled a new sign on the building illustrating the partnership between the United States and Burkina Faso.
The Peace Corps was the last stop on the Ambassador’s whirlwind tour of Leo. Peace Corps Director, Jill Zarchin, and the new stagieres offered their prodigal son a traditional offering of water and greeted the Ambassador with a bonjour Monsier Ambassadeur. After a series of presentations, the Ambassador spoke of his time in the peace corps and explained to the volunteers that, as Peace Corps Volunteers, they should aim to touch someone’s life everyday.
And truly, that is the heart of the mission here at U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou. Whether the Ambassador is greeting the President du Faso or villagers at a peace corps volunteer site, our aim is to touch someone’s life in a positive way, every day.