Bridge to Service


Photos from our Peace Corps Volunteer graduation ceremony on May 15, 2009 at the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa with his Excellency Hugo Llorens, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, swearing us in to Peace Corps service.  That’s the Ambassador between me and one of my Honduran counterparts, Marlene, with whose mother I will live for two months in La Masica.  Also, my Health Project team of 12, and at Campo Zarabanda where we returned for lunch my friend Jen, and Jen and my friend Matt.


Twenty-four hours later I met Cuchita the pig who lives in my front yard but wanders the neighborhood.  Ah, from such lofty heights we tumble.  The old house in the photo is across the street from my new temporary home (the house where I live is, of course, much nicer).  The wooded area is also across from where I live; we live on a corner lot and the wood belongs to my host mother and is a pantry from where she regularly gleans food for our table.  The business end of the cows belong to one of several small herds that amble by each day in the mornings and in the afternoons.


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About Fortunato Velasquez

Fortunato Velasquez received his Registered Nurse's license from the State of California during the month that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On February 15, 2020, my friend and the director of the Fundación Señor San José in La Paz, La Paz, Honduras, Sister Edith Suazo Fernandez died at the age of 47. This a video of her funeral.

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