Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of PCV Elizabeth Alden Landis and Lena Jenison
Washington, D.C December 21st, 2011 - Is with deep saddness that the Director of Peace Corps, Aaron S. Williams confirms the deaths of two Peace Corps Volunteers, Elizabeth Alden Landis and Lena Jenison, each respected and admired members of the Peace Corps Family in Mozambique. Alden 23, and Lena 22, died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Alden and Lena were traveling with three other Peace Corps Volunteers at the time of the accident.
Alden and Lena arrived in Mozambique in September 2011 for pre-service training and were sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers on December 8, 2011. They were scheduled to complete their service in December 2013.
The tragic passing of these two young women is mourned by the entire Peace Corps community, including their fellow training class members, other Volunteers, and theirs families in Washington and Wisconsin.
Alden Was invited to serve as an education Volunteer, and she was recently assigned to teach chemistry at a secondary school. Her new school was located in a rural community with about 300 students. She was excited to start teaching and looked forward to working with the students in her community. She was considered a mentor in her pre-service training and was helpful leader with her fellow trainees.
Alden graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry-molecular biology and a minor in French. She recently worked as a tutor in Montpellier, France. She is survived by her parents, two sisters, and a brother in Washington.
Lena also served as an education Volunteer and was assigned to teach biology at a high school. During her pre-service training, Lena lived with a host family and enjoyed learning the customs of her new community. After being sworn is as a Volunteer, she had recently moved to her permanent site in southern Mozambique.
Lena wrote frequently about her daily life in Mozambique and adjusting to a new culture and community. She wrote passionately about the things she missed from home, including a detailed description of her first Thanksgiving in Mozambique.
Lena graduated in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in biology and spanish. She is survived by her parents and a brother and sister in Wisconsin.
The Director asks that you keep Alden and Lena's families and our Volunteers and Staff in Mozambique in your thoughts and prayers.