PARKERSBURG — A local graduate is working to build a school library in Africa as part of her service through the Peace Corps.
Hannah Duliere, 24, grew up in Vienna and attended middle school at Parkersburg Catholic High School and graduated from Parkersburg High School. She now teaches in Namibia, Africa, which is located in the southern part of the continent, just above South Africa.
“I live in a tiny settlement called Amber Bo in the Hardap region of Namibia. My settlement has around 100 adults who work for the hostel and school and around 300 children,” she said. “I have been living in Africa for over a year now and have learned the local language KhoeKhoegowab, which is a clicking language. I am working as a primary school teacher, teaching grades 5, 6, and 7 math and science at Mukorob Primary School.”
Duliere said the settlement does not have a store or a clinic, and locals rely on “traditional practices” for medicine and food.
“My current project is working with my community to build a library and buy books,” Duliere said. “I have been working tirelessly for my kids to give my kids the best chance to succeed and all the materials they need.
“I am currently trying to raise around $14,000. My community has raised around $4,500 through outreach and radio broadcasting already,” she said
Duliere’s mother, Pam Duliere, said the project not only benefits the school and its students, but also creates jobs.
“It creates two more jobs and a safe place for the students,” Pam Duliere said. “Two more jobs for women is significant. Jobs for women are scarce in that area.”
Pam Duliere said she was proud of her daughter’s work.
“It’s been a good experience for her. She’s definitely grown as a person,” Pam Duliere said. ” It’s a pet project that will really mean a lot to that school.”
The school and the village are isolated and have few resources.
There a few outdated textbooks which are only used at the school so they do not risk being lost or damaged. The library will give all of the students more opportunities to read and study.
“She just finished up her first years in the Peace Corps. She has another year left,” Pam Duliere said. However “she can’t start the project until she raises al the money, and she’ll stay there until the library gets built.”
“She’s really proud of the work she’s done to empower girls there,” Pam Duliere said. ” They’ve had a 10 percent increase in the number of girls who have applied to go to high school. Girls are staying in school more. The pregnancy rate is down.
“She’s worked hard on raising awareness and helping women to feel empowered. I am really proud of her.”
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