New Brunswick Library Holiday Party: 18 December

December 15, 2010 on 4:18 pm | In USA Program News, Upcoming Events | No Comments

Camille_Thompson-Jeneba-Sara_WarrickNew Brunswick, New Jersey— GLP will join with our Rutgers University student affiliate, the GOYA Project, to support our hometown  library (The New Brunswick Public Library) and their holiday event for local children. Kids are urged to come celebrate winter holidays from around the world at the winter party.  Learn something new, make a craft, enjoy a snack, and get a free book!

2 – 4 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room,

(New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick NJ 08901. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 732-745-5108 x15 or email Ms. Sara Warrick at

For this event GLP will give each attending child the choice of a book to take home so long as they also choose a book for another child in their community. GLP volunteers will wrap the books and help the children address the presents. We are very happy to accept donations for the give aways. We also need volunteers willing to be in costume for picture taking with the attending elementary students.

Friends of GLP Around the World are Urged to Support Holiday Book Give Aways

We are encouraging our supporters around the world to hold similar events. Olubayi is organizing events for Western Kenya and South Africa and Denniston is arranging for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Shehnaz is recruiting her sons to be in costume for the New Brunswick event. Please let us know if you are hoping to support similar events.

Journalist/Human Rights Activist to Speak at Grace Wilday Jr High School

April 2, 2009 on 3:57 pm | In GLP School Presentations, USA Program News, Upcoming Events | 1 Comment

Natalie JesionkaNatalie Jesionka has spent much of the last decade pursuing a joint calling as a journalist and human rights activist. Her call to “witness history,” as she puts it, leads her to “forgotten, neglected, and underreported stories’’ that often involve marginalized groups living in impoverished exile.

The child of Polish immigrants, Jesionka was raised with a global outlook. What prompted her particular take on the world, however, was losing a friend at an early age to domestic violence. Larger human rights causes became “a way to process it,’’ she explains.

She got involved in international campaigns by joining Amnesty International at age 13 and made a foray into journalism soon after, filming a documentary on Chinatown youth gangs that was sponsored by P.O.V., the PBS television series that broadcasts documentary films. She has not looked back since.

In 2004, while a Rutgers undergraduate, Jesionka traveled to Ansan, Korea, to document the country’s treatment of refugees, people she described as “living in shadows with few social supports or skills training.’’ She focused on a group from Congo, living at a migrant shelter. The group came to her attention following the death of a 3-year-old boy who was refused medical treatment.

UNESCO distributed her documentary, and it was picked up by Korean broadcasters. Similarly, her films on the perils of mining in South Africa have been shown on television stations in that country.

During her visit to Grace Wilday on Friday, April 3rd, 2009, she will talk about how she ended up teaching English to monks hidden in the Thai jungles amongst other topics.

(Biographical details excerpted from a FOCUS article by Tracey Regan <>)

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