Dominican-born CRS Staffer Educates Children, Teachers in Afghanistan

January 7, 2013 by

From Catholic News Service and posted on U.S. Catholic, the story of Neris Rodriguez, who’s life has gone from the Dominican Republic, to the United States, to now working on improving education in Afghanistan:

SEATTLE (CNS) — As long as children learn, the future of Afghanistan is bright in the eyes of Mariely Neris Rodriguez.

For 18 months, the Dominican-born Neris Rodriguez, 33, has been overseeing much-needed education efforts in rural Afghan communities that have little access to government-run schools under a Catholic Relief Services program.

Neris Rodriguez arrived in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at age 14, living with her family briefly in Florida and later in Cleveland. She has been a CRS employee for nearly three years, serving the last 18 months as an education program manager in Afghanistan.

“We help open schools within communities, so that the kids don’t have to leave their town, their village, to go to school,” she explained during a recent home leave to visit relatives and friends in Seattle. “We work with primary education, grades one through six.”

The program includes classes for teens who have had little or no primary education, she said.

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