On Dec. 20, 2011, Peace Corps volunteers Lena Jenison and Elizabeth Alden Landis died in a car accident in Mozambique. The two education volunteers arrived in Mozambique for training last September and had just begun their work at rural schools in December.
“Alden and Lena were both committed and dedicated Peace Corps volunteers who were excited to teach in their new Peace Corps communities,” says Aaron S. Williams, director of Peace Corps Mozambique. “This is a tragic loss for the entire Peace Corps community.”
In April, Jenison’s and Landis’ friends had the opportunity to provide a lasting memorial. Staff from Habitat Mozambique helped the mourning volunteers organize a “Peace Corps Memorial Build.” The Peace Corps volunteers helped construct a Habitat house in honor of Jenison and Landis, a long-term tribute to the young women’s passion to serve Mozambique families in need of a hand.