NGO and NonProfit: The Roqia Center: - Roqia Center Adult Literacy Project
The Roqia Center for Women's Rights, Studies and Education in Afghanistan was started by Nasrine Gross. A small woman with a round face, she enters a room seeking engagement. She is direct and extroverted, filling up a space once she enters it. Afghan-born, U.S. citizen and no-nonsense advocate of Afghan democratization and reconstruction, Nasrine felt the international community had overlooked the importance of adult literacy to the future of Afghanistan, choosing to focus on child literacy instead. "It's these adults who will make all the decisions about Afghanistan in the next 20 years, who to vote for, where to buy a house, what kind of trade, who to marry their children off to, where to seek health care, where to put their money," she states.