Meet Mario, Our New Communications Coordinator!

Hello beautiful people!

I’m Mario Maradiaga and I am incredibly pleased to become the newest member of Casita Copán, serving as the Communications Coordinator for this wonderful organization that you have known and cared for.

So, just to make this short and sweet, here’s a little bit about me.

I was born on a beautiful sunny day, foretold by the village elders as The Day of … just kidding, that story is for later, for now just the basics.

I am Honduran and even with all the incredibly newsworthy events that come out of here, I’m still proud to say that, but that wasn’t always the case. It took some time to be for me to value everything that this land and my people have to offer.

Our team with some of our kids at the annual Toronto race.

You see, for about 4 and a half years, I studied Computer Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario, where being away from my family and my culture brought me closer to working with children. There, I volunteered at an after-school program at the Robert E. Wilson Public School, fostering physical exercise and reading habits in at-risk elementary school students. I remember those days as one of the happiest moments of my life.

Playing “mud” hockey in the Onzole.

It was also during this time that I was a part of a group of volunteers that traveled deep to the northern jungles of Ecuador to build local infrastructure projects for marginalized communities of the Onzole River. It was there that it finally hit me, what I was searching for, it wasn’t somewhere deep in the Amazon, it was back home in Honduras.

The summer of 2014 brought a great deal of challenges, among them surviving the rupture of a small vein in my brain, relearning how to walk again and later undergoing brain surgery; life experiences that taught me how precious life is and the reason why I am still here on this earth – (hopefully) making things a little better for others.

With this new lesson, I left Computer Sciences behind and started a degree in Journalism. During the last few years, I investigated corruption cases related to government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic and later collaborated as a TV News Producer, bringing updated information to our audiences, and developing relationships with sources, government officials and other journalists.

Although this experience was incredibly fulfilling, I took the offer to collaborate with Casita Copán without hesitation and moved to town as fast as possible. There is quite simply, nothing like witnessing a child grow and prosper. Casita Copán helps ensure this and much more! My job will be to show and highlight all the good that our team does.

So that’s me, feel free to say hi or ask me anything at [email protected].

Cheers,

– MM