CRS staffer Caroline Anderson is from a small town north of San Diego, CA. Her hometown newspaper, the Ramona Sentinel, recently interviewed her in its series on what Ramona High School graduates are doing with their lives today.
After working in Cameroon with the Peace Corps, she returned to the U.S. and earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from Marquette University, a Jesuit school in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating, she began working with CRS in Benin. The Ramona Sentinel writes:
As an International Development Fellow in Benin, [Caroline Anderson] managed a micro-insurance pilot project to bring health insurance to farmers. By collaborating with local private insurance companies, the program allows farmers to pay a minimal amount each month, giving them free visits to a local healthcare facility and covering 70 percent of treatment or medication.
“This is a first for them. It seems to be working pretty well,” noted Anderson.
Anderson’s current job is that of grants and program quality coordinator for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Her work with CRS has taken her to three countries in West Africa in the past year—Benin, Liberia and Niger.