Kenneth Jaros, South Asia

Retired assistant professor and associate chair for departmental administration, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Former director, Center for Maternal and Child Health Leadership in Public Health Social Work

Prior to leaving for the Peace Corps, I completed my training at the University of Missouri. My Peace Corps service included work with the Agricultural Extension Project in West Bengal, India, in a village in the Midnapore District. My primary role involved working with the block development and agricultural officer in promoting the use of high-yielding varieties of rice and implementing multiple-crop cycles. During a famine and drought period, I also worked for three months on a special deep tube well installation project (sponsored by UNICEF and CARE) in Nawada District, Bihar State. This project targeted remote locations with open wells and non-potable water. My role included organizing village labor and supervising manual drilling and the hand-pump installation process. At end of service, I returned overland through Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey.