American couple Dawn and Kerry Fitzgibbons, dosage former Peace Corps volunteers, has donated photographs they captured of Palau from 1967 to 1969.
Kerry told OTV that as newlyweds the couple came to Palau in November 1967 as part of Micronesian’s six-member volunteer group. Kerry worked in agriculture while Dawn worked as a medical technologist for the McDonald Memorial Hospital.
Secondary to their assignment, the couple were responsible for the Palau High School dormitory and the students within. They were responsible for supervising the students, enforcing curfews, and organizing activities.
Dawn and Kerry didn’t return to Palau until 2011 when they visited during the holidays. It was during this visit that they both decided to come back and work for Palau again.
Dawn expressed that the country has made huge strives in 45 years as she compared Palau in the late 60s and now.
Visiting places tourists rarely visits such as sanitation, the hospital, and public health, the couple made a decision to return and contribute to Palau.
From January 2012 to January 2015, Dawn worked as an epidemiologist for Public Health and Kerry worked at the preparedness office also of Public Health.
Last week just before they boarded their flight back to the United States, the couple donated two Palau High School yearbooks from 1968 and 1969 in addition to a number of photos they captured of Palau during their Peace Corps days. The yearbooks and photos of Palau High School were donated to the school. While other photos were given to the Belau National Museum.
Asked if they would return, Dawn says, “undoubtedly we will be back, if nothing else, for a visit.”