a personal story about his nephew, currently serving in Paraguay.Among the recently returned RPCVs were Aurora Fernandez (Morocco), John Lederman (Philippines), Luz Monte(Honduras), Linda Sagaille (Liberia), Ray Obregon (Uruguay) and Curtis Jepsen (Nicaragua) and Alissa Fiss who hadattended a Nom picnic three years ago, just before leaving for UkraineSpecial thanks are in order for Erin Seiler (Mali) who organized the event and to George, husband of RPCV MaryLamberts who taught basket weaving for the 3
year in a row - always a highlight of the Nom Picnic.
RPCV's Visit Mason Lodge
By Emily Eisenhauer - China
RPCVSF connected with a new audience last month, The Free and Accepted Masons, in Miami Shores. Bob Anderson- Gabon and Ghana, Steven Orr - Panama, Heather Blank - Paraguay, Kathleen Smarsh - Cote d'Ivoire, and I attendedan open house at Mason Lodge #315 on March 25 to talk about our PC experiences. About 30 Lodge members were inattendance.We were treated to a pot-luck dinner thoughtfully prepared by the Masons and their families, and afterward shared ourexperiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America.The Masons are a fraternity of hand crafters that trace their founders to the builders of the Temple of Solomon. TheMasonic Order has lodges all over the world that meet for community service and social functions. Historically, allmembers were men who worked with their hands and passed down their trades to their sons. In recent decadesmembership was extended to all other occupations as well. The Masons count many famous historical figures amongtheir members, men as different as King James and Jose Marti.
Bob Andersen, RPCV Gabon and Ghana, and a long time Mason organized the event. He was recruited by the PeaceCorps in 1960 to build schoolhouses in Gabon. He worked with a team of five volunteers who traveled around Ghanaerecting buildings at sites where Education volunteers would be assigned.Many thanks to Lodge 315 for hosting the event and for presenting RPCVSF with a check for $130 as the Lodge'sCharity of the Month.
Since several RPCVs have recently sent letters and descriptions of their service in Nepal, TROPICAL CURRENTS isintroducing a new feature to showcase a country or region in each issue. Many RPCV's have remarked that they wereunaware just how different their experiences were from those of other volunteers -- even from other volunteers in thesame country. Due to space constraints, all submissions may be edited. We will try our best to maintain the integrity of your work. The next issue will focus on countries in Central America, including Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala. Please send your letters to email@example.com
A brief history of Peace Corps in Nepal
The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Nepal in 1962, making the country program one of Peace Corps' oldest.Those Volunteers trained their national counterparts in building infrastructure and in basic programs such asagriculture and education. Since that time, the population in Nepal has increased from nine to twenty million. There