COS Redux

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When we started our Peace Corps training two years ago, fifteen H-14 Health Project aspirantes (trainees) arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on February 24, 2009 on a flight from Washington D.C.  One person was lost right away.  Arriving at our Field Based Training site in La Paz, La Paz we numbered fourteen: thirteen were proudly sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers at the American Embassy by the Ambassador of the USA on May 13, 2009.  Over a period of months the Health Project PCVs posted to every corner of the country began shedding more and more Volunteers until after a year there were only six of us left.  Various explanations were mulled over as to why so many Health Project Volunteers were ETing (Early Termination).  There was a major earthquake May 28th 2009.  Then there was the coup that ousted the country’s president on June 28th 2009.  Who knows why persons make the decions they do.  Six of us made it.  And my friend Jen from New Joisy took it upon herself to have made a hand-stitched banner for each of us remaining six Health Project H-14 survivors.  Saludos to Jen, Tara, Katy, Matt, Iljeen, and me!  In two weeks I will be traveling to Seattle for my first visit to the States in two years to visit my family.  I will be there for three weeks and will return home March 12, 2011.  For you see, I have extended my term of service until June 2012.

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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. https://youtu.be/Poqcf0vn0qQ This a video of her funeral.

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