Goshen grad making a difference in
9, 2012 - When Emily Conley Enright was a student at Goshen High
School, she discovered her two loves: traveling and helping people.
"I was president of Interact Club
and I loved giving back to the community," she explained. "I also
traveled overseas for the first time as a member of the National Honor
Society. Both were such meaningful experiences for me, and I immediately
knew that I wanted to travel and help people as part of my career."
After graduating from Goshen High
School, Enright majored in English and Spanish at SUNY Geneseo and then
went to law school at SUNY Buffalo. It's there that she landed an
internship in Pakistan, which helped solidify her desire for a career
that allowed her to see the world and serve those in need.
Emily, a 2001 Goshen grad, is now
living her dream as a cultural affairs assistant at the U.S. Consulate
in Herat, Afghanistan, on the border of Iran. She arrived in November
2011 -- three months after her husband, Tim, a political officer,
arrived in the providence. She had previously traveled to Africa and
Asia for her work, and will be in Herat until August 2013.
As a cultural affairs assistant,
Emily works with grass roots organizations that help empower and improve
the lives of Afghan citizens. She has led numerous programs such as
teaching citizens how to use social media, coordinating toy
distributions for orphanages and women's shelters, and collecting
blankets for internally displaced persons who were forced to leave their
homes due to conflicts.
A recent project that Emily
spearheaded was to collect socks for the people of Herat. According to
Emily, the buildings in Herat were built for the hot, desert weather;
currently, it averages 90 degrees. However, it gets very cold in the
winter, especially in the evening, and homes and offices don't have
central heating and offer little relief from the colder weather. Both
Emily and her husband wear several pairs of socks to help keep their
feet warm -- especially since it is custom to remove your shoes before
entering a room.
Emily, Tim and their colleagues
couldn't help but notice that many of the men, women and children who
they work with had holes in their socks -- if they wore socks at all. So
she decided to begin a sock collection, which was taken on by members of
the Interact Club at the Goshen High School. The club members collected
several boxes of gently worn or new socks, and Emily has begun
distributing them to orphanages, women's shelters and schools in Herat.
While home recently, Emily and Tim
visited with Interact Club members Mihai Andreca, Nadejda Dimitrova,
Jonathan Laskoski and Nicole Rountree to thank them for helping with her
cause. She discussed her life and work in Herat as well the hardships
that the people face each day.
“To you and me, socks are such a
basic necessity, we don’t even think about it,” she told the Interact
members. “But even the smallest things can make a huge difference.”
Emily plans to spread her sock
project beyond her providence, where there is even greater need.
Photo: From left, Mihai
Andreca, Jonathan Laskoski, Tim Enright, Emily Conley Enright, Nadejda
Dimitrova and Nicole Rountree.
This article is the first of a new series
for the Goshen Central School District, titled Alumni Spotlight. This
website series will feature Goshen graduates and the unique and
wonderful things they've been doing since graduation. If you'd like to
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