Literacy Project Acknowledges New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne's
Advocacy On Africa
October 22, 2005.- At the opening of the Newark Museum's newest exhibit on Africa, Global
Literacy Project executives and Rutgers volunteers took the opportunity
to acknowledge and thank 10th District Congressman Donald M. Payne,
Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa of the Committee on International
Relations, for his advocacy on African issues. Congressman Payne has
both sponsored and authored legislation for a variety of positive
changes in Africa.
Mabel Epelu, Olubayi Olubayi of GLP, Other Guest, GLP volunteer Anne
Mbui, Congressman Donald Payne and GLP volunteer Nancy Wamahiu)
Make-A-Difference Day Walkers Brave Rain To Help Children
October 22, 2005.- The Make-A-Difference Day Walkathon
collected books and raised funds to help establish children's libraries
for two AIDS orphanages in Africa as well as supporting a New Brunswick
(New Jersey, USA) teen center.
Olubayi and Denniston Bonadie Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame for Their Service to Humanity
September 24, 2005.- Global
Literacy Project co-founders, Olubayi Olubayi and Denniston Bonadie,
were honored by the Rutgers University African-American Alumni Alliance
(RAAA), by being inducted into the RAAA Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday,
September 24, 2005. Also inducted (left to right) were Randal Pinkett,
Leonard Bethel and Alfred Edmond. More...
Sends 32,000 Books to Malawi
September 17, 2005.- The Global Literacy Project with the
help of Rutgers students from the GOYA Project and the Mkadawire family, sent some 35,000 books to the land locked nation of Malawi in southern
Africa. The books range from elementary school level to university.
Malawians rely on subsistence farming, but the food security situation
is precarious and the country is prone to natural disasters of both
extremes - from drought to heavy rainfalls - putting it in constant
need of thousands of tonnes of food aid every year. Within this context,
funds for the purchase of books are scarce and so GLP intends to make
several contributions over the next three years.
Helps Create New Library at Mason Hall Government School on the Island
of Tobago (Caribbean)
2005.- The children at Mason Hall Government School were the happy and excited
participants in the opening of a of a brand new library.
together by GLP supporter Ms. Jane Young-Anglim, the library is part
of GLP's commitment to provide access to library resources for every
child on the small Caribbean island (part of the dual island nation
of Trinidad and Tobago).
Students Join Global Literacy Project’s 2004 Walkathon To Draw
Attention To the Plight of Devastated Grenadians
October 2004.- This
year’s “Walk for Literacy” was aimed at raising
awareness of literacy issues and struggles in local New Jersey communities
as well as internationally. Locally, GLP intends to supply books
and resource materials to the New Brunswick Teen Center.
Caribbean country of Grenada was the focus of international reflection
because schools and libraries in Grenada were recently devastated
by hurricane Ivan.
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Speaker Rutgers University Vice President for Student Affairs
Gregory Blimling with Walkathon Participants
New Jersey Organization Pitches In To Help Tobago Schools
10-14-2004.-An effort to establish academic resource libraries and multimedia laboratories in two dozen Tobago schools over the next four years was kicked off recently by GLP.
With Trinidad and Tobago Consul General Harold Robertson on hand, the initiative was launched in a ceremony at Rutgers University's Livingston, N.J., campus. To start the project, a shipping container with nearly 20,000 books and 10 computers will be sent to Tobago to help establish four new libraries. More...
in Western Kenya Voted "Best Community Learning Resource Center"
by Kenyan Government for 2004 International Literacy Day Celebrations
September 8, 2004.- A
GLP library established by volunteers in 2003 has won the trophy for
the Best Community Learning Resource Centre (CLRC) during Kenya's 2004
International Literacy Day Celebrations. The trophy was awarded for:
CLRC with the best income generating projects.
- CLRC with the highest reader turn-out.
- CLRC with the most organized library services.
- CLRC with the most profound impact on the local community. More...
Donates Multimillion Dollar Set of Chemical Abstracts to the University
of Swaziland As Well as Textbooks and Computers to Local Schools
2004.- A group of New Jersey high school teachers led by Prosper Godonoo, Director
of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University, were warmly
received in Swaziland as they visited two locations benefiting from
the winter of 2003/2004 GLP donated a multimillion dollar set of science
journals to the University of Swaziland. Four local elementary and high
schools supported by the "Friends of the Paul Robeson Cultural
Center" also received books and computers.
volunteer's time in Kenya becomes inspiration for her visual arts senior
May, 2004. Volunteering
with GLP leaves permanent impression for Jaymie Stein. More...
York City School System Math Consultant Prepares Kenyan Students For
July 2004. Simone
Bingham has become an important resource person supporting GLP's Math/Science
Initiative in our Africa locations. With fellow New York city teacher,
Claire Walsh, she has personally seen the donation of some 10,000+ math
Literacy organization sends textbooks to Kenya
by Kimberly Holtsclaw, Daily Targum Staff Writer
The Global Literacy Project, Inc. and University student volunteers sorted and boxed over 60,000 elementary, high school and university level textbooks Saturday in an effort to increase literacy in Kenya. The GLP, a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization, has served over 25 schools and has constructed several new libraries in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. More...
Yusuf A. Nzibo, Kenyan
Ambassador to the USA,Recognizes
April, 2004.- Kenya’s
Ambassador to the USA, Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, on Saturday, April 17, 2004,
recognized the Global Literacy Project, members of the Rutgers University
(New Brunswick, New Jersey) community and Pastor J. Michael Sanders
and the congregation of Fountain Baptist Church (Summit, New Jersey)
for supporting literacy and community development in Kenya. More...
Make-A-Difference Day Aims for Global Impact
Tsai, Phung Tran, Ed Antiquena, Nutthinee Katapituk, Eva Sas)
computers saved from land fills will be heading to Swaziland (Southern
Africa) along with some 3000 elementary textbook and high school
textbooks. Donations of 2,500 general reading books will see the
creation of small reference libraries for juvenile offenders in
two correctional facilities in New Jersey and New York.. Ten computers
and 2000 math, science and literature books will be making their
way to the Caribbean island of Tobago.
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Volunteers Create Libraries During Trip to Kenya!
volunteers spent six weeks in Kenya during the 2003 summer where they
worked to advance literacy in several local schools and created a library
in the Kakapel Community Learning Resource Center (see M.O.U.) in Teso District (Amagoro
Constituency of Western Kenya). More...
Donation Creates Science and Agriculture Library for Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta
makes multimillion dollar donation of books to Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta
University for Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). More...
Agreement Signed Between the GLP and Rutgers University's Cook College
4, 2003.- A cooperative
agreement was signed between the Global Literacy Project and Cook
College. GLP regularly organizes university students to serve as volunteers
in different capacities in New Jersey and abroad. The cooperative agreement
will bring GLP closer to Cook College students, enhance the college’s
volunteer program, and also facilitate Cook/NJAES donation of used/discarded
educational materials to developing countries to advance scientific
College Makes a difference to African Universities (Feb. 2003)
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Peddie School Eighth Grade Project Donates Books to Children in Africa
10/29/2002.- An eighth grade project will see used books recycled to children in Africa, thanks to a project spearheaded by parents association member Nuala Passannante. Each year the parents collect books to be recirculated to Peddie students, but there were always many leftover.
Passannante approached Community Service Director Nick Guilbert about the leftover books, and together they created a project to help others and earn community service hours. More
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Area Schools Donate Computers for GLP Multimedia Centers
New Jersey-The elementary and high schools donated used Apple computers
to GLP for Multimedia Learning Center initiatives-Above are Liz
Lien and Peter Thompson looking on as Edward Ramsamy and Denniston
Bonadie of GLP assess donation. (July 2002)
of the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) visits GLP
Ramachandran, Dr. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu (Reading Association of Nigeria-RAN)
and Denniston Bonadie, at the GLP warehouse on Dr. Onukaogu's visit
from Nigeria to the USA in July 2002
Jersey State General Assembly Honors GLP For Its Literacy Activism
5, 2002.- The state General Assembly presented a resolution
commending community members for their participation in the Global Literacy
Project. State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, D-17, who developed the
resolution, said, "One of the things we need to learn is we need
to build the bridges for global literacy." More...
to right: Edward Ramsamy,Thelma Tate (deceased), New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra
J. Chivukula; Olubayi Olubayi, Sivan Yosef, Denniston Bonadie
Black History Month Book Drive Delivers 70,000 Books to Africa!
of: TWESE-Rutgers African Students Organization; GOYA-Rutgers Students
for Volunteerism; and WISO-West Indian Students Organization; all
pitched in to make our book drive a success
ABOVE: Edward Ramsamy, GLP Secretary, Olubayi Olubayi,
President, Upendra Chivukula, Assemblyman, Sivan Yosef, GLP Volunteers
Coordinator, Denniston Bonadie, GLP Vice President-Program Development.
New Brunswick, NJ (District 17) Assemblyman UPENDRA J. CHIVUKULA
(Seen here, L-->R, with GLP Director
of Public Relations,
Kavita Ramachandran, GLP Secretary Edward Ramsamy and GLP Advisory
Board Member Diana Dade), made a surprise visit to support our February
2002 Black History Month Book Drive.
American Association of University Women and GLP Help Open Doors for Children
Freehold Reporter/Asbury Park Press story from January 17, 2002
to Official Founding of the Global Literacy Project, Inc.
Board of Trustees:
Olubayi; Denniston Bonadie; Thelma Tate; Edward Ramsamy; Sivan Yosef;
Diana Dade; Kavitha Ramachandran, Wendel Thomas; Emeka Akaezuwa
member, Thelma Tate of the Rutgers Libraries Global Outreach
Office, sponsors second GLP shipment of 70,000 books to East
Board members of incorporated non-profit
Olubayi; Denniston Bonadie; Thelma Tate; Edward Ramsamy; Sivan Yosef) sworn in.
Application for 501 (c)3 status filed and board subsequently rounded out to full complement.
American Association of University Women (Freehold) invite
GLP founders to give presentation at their chapter meeting.
Dupont and Thermoplastic Processes, Inc. provide storage space
and web page development assistance to GLP.
Delivery Service Inc. provides trailer for storage/transport
of GLP book donations. BARDY Farms, Warren, NJ, provides storage
boxes for GLP shipment
American Association of University Women (Freehold & Somerset
chapters) each provide significant book donations.
businessman and philanthropist, the Hon. A. A. A. Ekirapa, former
Chairperson of the East African group, Nation
Printers & Publishers Ltd., contacts Olubayi Olubayi and Denniston Bonadie about his facilitating shipping and distribution
of the first 17,000 books. First shipment completed with his help.
Studies Association (U.S.) - Book Donation Committee provided a grant of $927.50 towards shipping costs--this covered 1/4 of costs. Books are for the Kakapel village library as well as five primary schools in the Teso District of Western Kenya.)
ABOVE: Kenyan businessman and philanthropist, the
Hon. A. A. A. Ekirapa helps unpack and sort our first shipment of
donated books to Kenya
ABOVE: Olubayi Olubayi & Denniston Bonadie
with Advisory Board member Joe Dupont of Thermoplastic Processes,
Inc.; a staunch supporter of GLP's initial creation.
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