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1999-2005 News Highlights

GLP volunteers with Congreeman Donald PayneGlobal Literacy Project Acknowledges New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne's Advocacy On Africa

Saturday, 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.

(L->R Mabel Epelu, Olubayi Olubayi of GLP, Other Guest, GLP volunteer Anne Mbui, Congressman Donald Payne and GLP volunteer Nancy Wamahiu)

2005 walkathon members setting out on walk

2005 Make-A-Difference Day Walkers Brave Rain To Help Children

Saturday, 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 Rutgers African American Alumni Hall of Fame Olubayi Olubayi and Denniston Bonadie Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame for Their Service to Humanity

Saturday, 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...

Volunteers load books destined for MalawiGLP Sends 32,000 Books to Malawi

Saturday, 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.

Most 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.

Mason Hall Primary School in Tobago, CaribeanGLP Helps Create New Library at Mason Hall Government School on the Island of Tobago (Caribbean)

February 2005.- The children at Mason Hall Government School were the happy and excited participants in the opening of a of a brand new library.

Put 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).

Rutgers Students Join Global Literacy Project’s 2004 Walkathon To Draw Attention To the Plight of Devastated Grenadians

2004 walkathon members

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.

The Caribbean country of Grenada was the focus of international reflection because schools and libraries in Grenada were recently devastated by hurricane Ivan.


2005 walkathon members

Keynote Speaker Rutgers University Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory Blimling with Walkathon Participants

New Jersey Organization Pitches In To Help Tobago Schools

GLP volunteers with Trinidad and Tobago Cunsul General Dr. Harold Robertson10-14-2004.-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...

Teso District commissioner Mr. William Kiprono handing over the trophy to Chairman of Kakapel community resource library Mr. Atedu GLP Library 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.

Volunteers in SwazilandGLP Donates Multimillion Dollar Set of Chemical Abstracts to the University of Swaziland As Well as Textbooks and Computers to Local Schools

July/August 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 GLP support.

During 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.

GLP volunteer's time in Kenya becomes inspiration for her visual arts senior thesis

Jaime Stein

May, 2004. Volunteering with GLP leaves permanent impression for Jaymie Stein. More...

New York City School System Math Consultant Prepares Kenyan Students For Excellence

Simone Bingham

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 texts. More...

Literacy organization sends textbooks to KenyaVolunteers sorted and boxed over 60,000 elementary, high school and university level textbooks Saturday in an effort to increase literacy in Kenya April 2004-packing books for Kenya

by Kimberly Holtsclaw, Daily Targum Staff Writer

Published: 4/26/04

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...

Olubayi Olubayi, Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo and Pastor Michael J. Sanders Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, Kenyan Ambassador to the USA,Recognizes GLP Supporters

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...

2003 Make-A-Difference Day Aims for Global Impact

GLP Supporters: Patty Tsai, Phung Tran, Ed Antiquena, Nutthinee Katapituk, Eva Sas

(Patty Tsai, Phung Tran, Ed Antiquena, Nutthinee Katapituk, Eva Sas)

Seventeen 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.


GLP volunteers and local Kenyan students create new library in Amagoro GLP Volunteers Create Libraries During Trip to Kenya!

June/July, 2003.-GLP 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...

GLP Donation Creates Science and Agriculture Library for Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University

GLP makes multimillion dollar donation of books to Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University for Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). More...

Representatives of Rutgers University's Cook College and the Global Literacy Project (L R) Dr. Richard Merrit (Professor of Plant Science, Plant Biology and Pathology, Cook College), Dr. Edward Ramsamy, Mr. Wendel Thomas, Mr. Denniston Bonadie, Dr. Adesoji Adelaja (Dean of Cook College), Dr. Albert Ayene (Coordinator, Cook/NJAES International Programs), Mrs. Diana Dade, Mr. Bill Dade, Dr. Daniel Rossi (Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Cook College) Cooperative Agreement Signed Between the GLP and Rutgers University's Cook College

June 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 literacy. More...

GLP Ships 67,000 Books to Ghana!

Tope Ayene loading Ghana container

CLICK HERE FOR STORY! (December 2002)

Ursinus College Makes a difference to African Universities (Feb. 2003)

Packing Chemical Abstracts donation from Ursinus College


From left Olubayi Olubayi, president and CEO of Global Literacy Project, and students Preston Combs '07 and Saarah Woodby '07Peddie 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.


Princeton Area Schools Donate Computers for GLP Multimedia Centers

Princeton schools donating computers

Princeton, 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)

Director of the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) visits GLP

Emeka Onukaogu visits warehouse with Kavitha and Denniston

Kavitha 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

New Jersey State General Assembly Honors GLP New Jersey State General Assembly Honors GLP For Its Literacy Activism

March 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...

Left to right: Edward Ramsamy,Thelma Tate (deceased), New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula; Olubayi Olubayi, Sivan Yosef, Denniston Bonadie

2002 Black History Month Book Drive Delivers 70,000 Books to Africa!

Packing container for February 2002 bookks shipment

Members 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

GLP Trustees and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula at book packing day
ABOVE: Edward Ramsamy, GLP Secretary, Olubayi Olubayi, President, Upendra Chivukula, Assemblyman, Sivan Yosef, GLP Volunteers Coordinator, Denniston Bonadie, GLP Vice President-Program Development.

GLP Trustees and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula at book packing day

ABOVE: 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

Timeline to Official Founding of the Global Literacy Project, Inc.
Full Inaugural Board of Trustees:

Olubayi Olubayi; Denniston Bonadie; Thelma Tate; Edward Ramsamy; Sivan Yosef; Diana Dade; Kavitha Ramachandran, Wendel Thomas; Emeka Akaezuwa

(February 2002)
  • Board member, Thelma Tate of the Rutgers Libraries Global Outreach Office, sponsors second GLP shipment of 70,000 books to East Africa.
  • First Board members of incorporated non-profit organization (Olubayi 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.

(January 2002)

  • The American Association of University Women (Freehold) invite GLP founders to give presentation at their chapter meeting.

(August-November 2001)

  • Joseph Dupont and Thermoplastic Processes, Inc. provide storage space and web page development assistance to GLP.
  • K.E.B. Delivery Service Inc. provides trailer for storage/transport of GLP book donations. BARDY Farms, Warren, NJ, provides storage boxes for GLP shipment
(July 2001)
  • The American Association of University Women (Freehold & Somerset chapters) each provide significant book donations.

(August 2000)

  • Kenyan 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.
  • (African 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.)

Albert Ekirapa with some of the books he helped ship to 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

Joe Dupont - GLP supporter

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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