Ambassador to the USA, Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, visited Rutgers
University on Saturday, April 17 to recognize the efforts
of the Global Literacy Project (GLP), members of the
Rutgers community and Pastor J. Michael Sanders and the
congregation of Fountain Baptist Church (Summit) for
supporting literacy in Kenya.
on campus Dr. Nzibo also visited 50 GLP, Rutgers student
volunteers and Fountain Baptist Church members as they
packed some 60,000 volumes of donated books for shipment
to Kenya, East Africa.
books will fill a new library being built by Fountain
Baptist Church at Isunguluni Village in Kibwezi. This
will be the first new library building is the district
since the 1960s.
of Fountain Baptist Church undertook several exchange
visits to Kenya over the past several years. They were
struck by the need for educational materials for institutions
at all levels. In 2003 Fountain Baptist and GLP entered
into discussions which resulted in an initial shipment
of 25,000 books to the Isunguluni area.
2004 the two groups held further discussions which have
resulted in a multi-year commitment with GLP and Fountain
Baptist Church (Summit, NJ) forming an alliance to deliver
literacy support materials for some 23 schools around
Isunguluni anchored by the new library being constructed.
Global Literacy Project, Inc. (www.glpinc.org) is a non-profit
organization based in New Jersey that collects, sorts
and redistributes surplus and discarded educational materials
from New Jersey to communities around the world in need.
GLP regularly organizes university students to serve
as volunteers in different capacities in New Jersey and
Whaley, G.O.Y.A. and Diana Dade, GLP Trustee
of GLP’s activities are achieved through the effort of student volunteers such as members
of G.O.Y.A., a Rutgers University group made up of students
from Cook, Douglass, Rutgers and Livingston College.
was recognized in February 2002 through a New Jersey
State General Assembly resolution commending the organization
for its literacy activism.
to Right) Dr. Robert Ginsberg, Dr. Prosper Godonoo, Assemblyman
Upendra Chivukula, Mrs. Jeanette Goodson
leaders, New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, Dr.
Robert Ginsberg, Dr. Robert Ginsberg, Principal Johnson
Park School in Princeton, Dr. Prosper Godonoo, Director
of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Rutgers University,
and Mrs. Jeanette Goodson and the Kenya Committee of
the Fountain Baptist Church and Dr. Thelma Tate of the
Rutgers Libraries were also recognized by the Ambassador.