I asked her about her role within the Project Leadership Committee while we dug the new school’s foundation. She giggled, “Well I do a little bit of everything; there is never a task too big for me.” Some of her duties have included overseeing the operations of the current school, finding land to build on, and coordinating material deliveries for the construction.
Verose is also sending her son and daughter to school and attending classes herself through buildOn’s Adult Literacy Program four nights a week. At 48, Verose worried that it might be too late to learn, but reassured herself, “I go anyway, because education is only going to make my life better. My parents refused to send me to school when I was young because they needed my help with farming, and I missed out on my dream of becoming a dressmaker. Now that I am beginning to read and write, I am realizing my potential as a leader and want to ensure that no children in our village have to miss out on their dreams.”
The fact that La Glace Village is building a second school within one year is due to exceptional leadership, a commitment to providing every child an education and an amazing ability to rally the entire community around the school – qualities that Verose personally embodies.