Meet Yesewdeg

Yesewdeg Kassa’s entire life can be summarized in one word: teaching. In fact, teaching is a family affair. Her father was a teacher, one of her brothers and two of her sisters are teachers too. Yesewdeg is proud of having taught several generations of Ethiopians who now live around the world. “I love teaching. I… Read more »

Meet Maria

On any given weekday afternoon, Maria can be found leading a conversation circle, creating art or playing with preschoolers at a bilingual D.C. charter school. She works as an afterschool associate, tasked with taking care of the children and continuing their learning after the school day is over. “I love being with the kids, playing… Read more »

Meet Evett

Evett moved from Jamaica to the U.S. in 2015 to join her eldest daughter and grandson. After raising five children for decades, being in an empty house felt lonely. She wanted to reunite with her family. When Evett stepped through the airport doors in Washington, D.C., she thought, “This is it. My life can finally… Read more »

Meet Francisco

Francisco grew up in the small city of Zaragoza outside of San Salvador, El Salvador. He graduated high school, married, and was working at a soda company making deliveries when he decided he wanted more from life. He and his wife decided to join extended family in Washington, D.C. in search of a better life…. Read more »

Meet Our #GivingTuesday Scholars

Nicodeme Ekani, Future Doctor Nicodeme came to the U.S. from Cameroon in 2013 to pursue his educational dream. Since he was a young man, Nicodeme’s dream has been to become a doctor and help people. This Carlos Rosario School alum studied English and earned his high school diploma through programs at the school. In 2015… Read more »

A Letter from Vocabulary Student Erick

Erick is a Vocabulary student who wrote a letter to fellow students at the Carlos Rosario School. He said: “I wrote it because I wanted to show to the students that all is possible to achieve, it only depends on our desires to succeed in life.” Hi Carlos Rosario Family! My name is Erick. I… Read more »

Meet Spanish GED Student Josue

Josue went to school in his native El Salvador until 10th grade when getting an education became too dangerous. Violence between his school and a rival school even led to two classmates being chased by 25 other teens with knives, sticks and other weapons. After leaving school Josue took a job with the postal service… Read more »

Meet Ekene Paschal

Born and raised in Nigeria, Ekene Paschal’s journey has been exciting to say the least. Growing up with five siblings, he entered the United States with his uncle and his family in order to achieve a better life and future. Ekene’s fascination with computers and technology drew him close to the Carlos Rosario School. Ekene… Read more »

Meet Denis Mandamuna

Father (Fr.) Denis Mandamuna’s calling is to serve his community and inspire change in his surroundings. The Carlos Rosario School has helped him branch off to new experiences and has influenced him to change the world around him. As a young boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fr. Denis suffered the loss of his… Read more »

Meet Ruben

In 2005 after the pressures to join a local gang got too intense, Ruben’s mom helped him leave his home country of El Salvador and come to the U.S. He traveled alone at age 18, but met family members and childhood friends once he arrived in Washington, D.C. Ruben had been working as a busboy… Read more »