How Metro Service Cuts Pose Extra Challenges for Low Income Riders

It’s 8:30 a.m. and Oumar Koumbassa is flashing his ID as he walks into school. Most people are just beginning their day. But because of SafeTrack shutdowns, Oumar has already spent two and a half hours on buses and trains to get to his English classes at Carlos Rosario International Charter School. Metro is midway… Read more »


Volunteers Turn Out to Spruce Up the Metropolitan Branch Trail

Early last Monday morning, the trail was jammed with a different sort of traffic–113 rock-star volunteers who gave up their holiday to help make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day a Day of Service on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. We removed debris throughout the trail corridor, pulled bags and bags of trash from the ravine… Read more »


Why Vote

At Carlos Rosario School, one of our Washington, DC Affiliates, staffers have been working hard to register as many new voters as they can in advance of the 2016 election. Earlier this week, we shared with you responses from one of those newly registered, Jennifer Zoeller. She is also a brand new citizen who will… Read more »


Alcanza sus suenos de superacion gracias a escuela para adultos en DC

Maynor López siempre quiso estudiar y progresar en la vida. Pero las duras circunstancias que enfrentó en su natal Guatemala se lo impidieron. “Mi familia era bastante pobre y no podía mandarme a la escuela”, contó el joven que creció en una zona golpeada por la pobreza, en Quetzaltenango, al noroeste de Ciudad Guatemala. En… Read more »


Dos eventos, una meta: su voto

Dos eventos con un claro objetivo: la consecución del voto. Mundo Hispánico no sólo escuchó la voz de los expertos sino que salió a las calles de Washington para conocer las opinión de la gente. La jornada del Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes le recuerdó a la población que se acerca la fecha para… Read more »


Immigrants Find Their American Dream in the Kitchen

“They face the same challenges that any immigrants face: a different language, a different culture. They have left behind the whole world that they know: their neighbors, their parents, their kids, their friends, their whole identity. And they came looking for the American dream, to learn – and in the end they only need a… Read more »


Immigrant Students Dream of Helping People

VOA Learning English talked with two students in the Nurse Aide training program at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. Hasnaa Marmoucha is from Casablanca, Morocco. She moved to the U.S. with her husband eight years ago. She was surprised to see poor people on the street in the U.S. “When I was in my… Read more »


Is the Kitchen the New Venue of Foreign Policy?

Chefs Mariano Ramos and Benjamin Velasquez participated in a conference that reflected on three different ways in which cuisine affects conflict and also how it becomes a tool of foreign policy as a form of soft power. Chef Mariano Ramos, Sonia Gutierrez Center, Carlos Rosario Charter School, Washington, DC: My parents came to the United… Read more »