Thank you for working with us as global citizens transforming the world in 2010. We truly appreciate everything you do and are excited to continue our collaboration in the year ahead.
We were so proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you in 2010. In that celebration we acknowledged that GLP is about bringing together individuals, institutions and communities to share educational materials and global knowledge as well as providing service learning opportunities for students in the USA and abroad. We are tremendously optimistic about 2011 and we expect to expand and build upon the accomplishments of the recent past.
Just think about what important initiatives you are supporting through GLP…
Our 2010 “Walk for Literacy” inspired a record large number of participants. We raised funds to support our reading program in 17 kindergarten classrooms across the city of New Brunswick (New Jersey). Inspired by GLP, a group of Douglass College students who participated in the walkathon will be making their first ever trip out of the USA to visit/work in our South Africa sites from January 3rd-14th.
The Shakur family is in South India working with young Dalit women who are striving to better their economic condition by gaining a nursing education. Christina and Milena Lurie are supporting students at the Lady Lynne Joyful Home and associated schools.
In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Nicole Baker, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education oversaw distributions of books as part of our holiday book give aways.
In New Brunswick, New Jersey, members of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance came out to help at the New Brunswick Library Holiday party.
The Steele family helped to ensured that we were able to distribute books to 17 kindergarten classrooms for the holidays. They are also important supporters of our annual shipment of a container of books to South Africa.
Meryl Ironson continues to foster the classrooms connection program between New Jersey’s Bragg School and Randfontein Primary School in South Africa. The two classrooms just received their latest pen pal letters!
The Combias family joined us on December 22nd in South Africa to host a holiday party and book give aways at the Zuurbekom school where they previously helped to install a GLP science room.
In Kenya, Olubayi is hosting a holiday party in Western Kenya.
Capacity building and service learning…
Our sincere appreciation to Denise and Dean Vanech, who have been wonderful members of our extended family, and who have supported our vision to expand and transform our administrative structures so that we might better document our program model as well as developing the capacity to support/expand our service learning opportunities for students.
Denise and her daughter Christina have been important to the development of our “From Shacks to Scholarship” initiative in South Africa and Christina’s brother Nicky helped to support the School-to-School initiative between the Tabisile Primary School in Soweto and the Chatham Day School in New Jersey.
Capacity building is going to be our mantra for 2011. As such we are grateful to the following wonderful people who are ongoing stalwart supporters of key regional programs.
Our sincere thanks to: (L–>R) The Steele Family: Mike & Jane Steele shown (New Jersey, Caribbean and South Africa); Christina and Milena Lurie (South India); Fountain Baptist Church Members: Shirley Hill, Joe & Jeanette Goodson shown (Kenya)…
Summer 2011 Learning Expeditions & Internships
Anne DeLaney (in red sweater at left) and the DeLaney-Carver family will be leading another group trip to Randfontein this 2011.
Kendal Hall (at right) is working with Juanita Lewis on a Global Learning Expedition made up of alumni as well as present students from Rutgers University.
Also in South Africa, we will be hosting interns from Princeton University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Rutgers University for six to eight weeks in July August.
- Olubayi will be in Kenya all of July 2011 developing our two to four week internship program in Western Kenya.
- Ka’sandra Simmons will be leading a pilot internship in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the summer.
The above are just scratching the surface of 2011!
Have a great new year and we look forward to your boundless participation!
And it wouldn’t be the end of the year if we didn’t ask you to think of GLP as you plan your charitable giving. We are a non-profit organization, dependent on our supporters for sufficient operating funds to keep these programs going. You can be a HUGE part of GLP by donating money, your time, your talents, and your energy….there’s plenty to do!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
From all of us at the Global Literacy Project, Inc.
The International Internship Program at Princeton University will be participating in our 2010 Global Learning Expedition to South Africa. Last year two Princeton University students, Connor Diemand-Yauman and Erica Clark, participated in the 2009 Global Learning Expedition. Connor and Erica spent two months teaching at the Setholela school in Randfontein.
Three Princeton University students were selected by the Global Literacy Project for the 2010 expedition. “We are excited to have new students from Princeton who will continue the great work started by the 2009 interns,” said Olubayi Olubayi, President of the Global Literacy Project.
The GLP Global Learning Expedition is an annual program that gives US students the opportunity to interact with, and share experiences with students from other parts of the world.
The Pingry School is planning a summer 2010 service trip to South Africa. The Pingry School and the Global Literacy Project are excited to offer students the opportunity to connect across continents and cultures. The student volunteers will be traveling to South Africa mid summer to help create a school library as well as a community literacy program in the Guateng province. Look out for future updates.