Mark & Katherine Fulford, Serving in the Peace Corps in Swaziland
In its feature on Peace Corps volunteers over 50, USA Today wrote, “While other couples their age enjoy the perks of retirement in the USA, the Fulfords live in a two-room, tin-roofed hut on a rural homestead with no running water.” The homestead where Mark Fulford ’70 and his wife Katherine lived for two years was in Swaziland, one of the few absolute monarchies left on the planet.
With Mozambique to the east and South Africa to the north, south, and west, it is a land of stunning beauty but one in which its people suffer from the world’s highest incidence of HIV infection. The sole mission of the Peace Corps there is AIDS prevention. Yet the Fulfords experience is a much richer one than that outlined in a guidebook or Peace Corps manual, and Mark’s thoughtful chronicle is available at sanibonanifromswaziland.blogspot.com. Welcoming CYA members into their home, they hope other Peace Corps veterans will attend and share their experiences as well, but the gathering offers insight into a people, a place, and current developments in southern Africa. You are asked to bring an appetizer…something light to eat…and or a beverage (wine, beer, soda, etc.).
Sunday, January 31, 5-7:00 pm
740 Franklin Street, Denver