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LOOKING WITH THE EYES OF CLAUDINE AND RESPONDING [GC PRIORITY 2] BY SERVING ‘THE NEEDS OF REFUGEES…” [USA PROVINCIAL CHAPTER]

By Sr. Mary Crepeau, RJM and Sr. Jacqueline Crepeau, RJM

In November, Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie began volunteering at RIRAL (Rhode Island Regional Adult Literacy) located in Woonsocket, RI. The mission of this agency is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through education, counseling, and training. RIRAL provides instruction in English language, reading, writing, math and technology, as well as college readiness.

Sister Mary meets with Karolin, a registered pharmacist from Egypt. She needs to pass the TOFEL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). So far, Karolin has attempted the test six times ($190 a try) and has not attained the required score.

Mary also tutors Isabel from Portugal who despite a fourth grade education in her country has managed to become a manager at Dunkin Donuts. Isabel is trying to pass the National External Diploma Test which will allow her to pursue her education.

Sr. Jackie’s client is Anu, a lovely Indian woman, who taught computer technology in her own country. She is beginning the Transition to College Program connected to CCRI.

Her other student is a Vietnamese gentleman, Hao, who owns his own business and also has to pass the National External Diploma Test.

As you can imagine, these students are extremely motivated.

In addition, to academic instruction Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie provide guidance and help in exploring resources available to immigrants.

- Sr. Mary Crepeau, RJM
- Sr. Jacqueline Crepeau, RJM