On Feb. 15, the U.S. Embassy in Singapore’s Foreign Service National Association (FSNA) and American Employee Association (AEA) summoned two playful lions to the Embassy to usher in the Year of the Pig. The traditional lion dance, performed to clanging cymbals and booming drums, is believed to bring prosperity and good luck for the year ahead. In keeping with local Lunar New Year traditions, Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath and the Embassy community wore red and tossed prosperity salad while offering wishes of good fortune to one another. FSNA and AEA organize various holiday celebrations throughout the year to share cultural traditions between Singaporean and American staff. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Photo courtesy of Embassy Singapore

Embassy Singapore celebrates Lunar New Year

On Feb. 15, the U.S. Embassy in Singapore’s Foreign Service National Association (FSNA) and American Employee Association (AEA) summoned two playful lions to the Embassy to usher in the Year of the Pig. The...
Ambassador Maria Brewer is shown next to the unveiled plaque on Local Staff Appreciation Day at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Nov. 16, 2018. Photo by John Terry

Embassy Freetown salutes dedication of its LE staff

Ambassador Maria Brewer unveiled a plaque on Local Staff Appreciation Day at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown last November. Embassy office staff found a dust-covered plaque from 1997 that praised the Sierra Leonean staff...
U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein is shown after she threw out the first pitch at a Gigantes’ (Giants) game in San Francisco de Macorís, Nov. 5. Photo by Chase Beamer

Sports diplomacy thrives in the Dominican Republic

U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein threw out the first pitch at a Gigantes’ (Giants) game in San Francisco de Macorís last November. San Francisco de Macorís sits in the heart of...

Ambassador’s visit highlights socio-economic relations

Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Scott Brown visited American Samoa last November to learn more about the extensive socio-economic ties directly impacting relations between Samoa and American Samoa. Brown met with the governor...
Members of Project Soar pose for a photo in Morocco. State Department photo

Project Soar empowers teenage girls in rural Morocco

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) Project Soar is one of the most successful women empowerment projects in Morocco. The project empowers nearly 700 teenage girls from 26 economically disadvantaged semi-rural villages in Morocco...
The Mamava, Inc. lactation pod that was installed at U.S. Consulate General in Toronto. Photo courtesy of ConGen Toronto

Consulate General Toronto emphasizes work-life balance

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto partnered with Mamava, Inc. to install a lactation pod to provide a safe, clean and comfortable space for lactating mothers, and to comply with the mandate of the...

Department hosts accessibility experts for NDEAM

Americans celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October to recognize the creativity, innovation and skills that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. As part of this effort, the Department of State...

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