Shannon McNamara looks to “SHARE” educational success with African girls

May 7, 2010 on 8:33 pm | In Book Drives/Book Donation Events, Students Making a Difference | No Comments
Shannon (second from right) with GLP's Emeka Akaezuwa

Shannon (second from left) with GLP's Emeka Akaezuwa

It is not always easy to share. Not so with Shannon Hill McNamara, 17. Shannon, a resident of New Jersey and a 2010 Governor Jefferson’s award winner, founded Shannon’s After-school Reading Exchange (SHARE). SHARE,, is a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization that seeks to empower African girls through education.

Shannon’s passion about reading and her belief in gender equality continues to drive her to help girls her age in Africa. Since 2008 when she founded SHARE, Shannon and a cadre of volunteers have spent months collecting, sorting, labeling and boxing thousands of books and school supplies for African girls, primarily in Tanzania.

Expanding SHARE’s coverage in June of 2010, the Global Literacy Project received over fourteen thousand books from the organization. GLP continued to extend Shannon’s vision by donating the books to girls from the townships around our program sites.

Student at Carroll Shaw Farm with books from SHARE donation

Student at Carroll Shaw Farm with books from SHARE donation

GLP looks forward to partnering with SHARE in the future. We were also delighted to learn that Shannon, along with two other recipients from China and South Korea, were honored by the United Nations for “significant contributions to humanitarian goals” at the Youth Achievement Assembly on August 6, 2010 in New York City.

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