Press Release 4/3/17

(Kent, Connecticut) –  Think about living on $1.25 a day. That budget includes food, shelter, and health expenses for a family. In Uganda today, approximately 30% of the population lives in poverty. The Kent Memorial Library, along with Joseph Baxer, President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut, and in collaboration with Karen Marino a volunteer from Bead for Life (an organization which helps women living in extreme poverty become self-sustaining) will hold a presentation about her inspiring journeys to Uganda. After two trips to Uganda, Karen has learned about the generous people, the beautiful and rich natural beauty, living conditions, schooling, food, and has became friends with Ugandan women living in extreme poverty. She will share first-hand how extreme poverty affects the women and their families living there.

Along with the talk, there will be handmade recycled paper bead jewelry and organic shea products available for purchase. These items were made by Ugandan women living in poverty. (All proceeds go back to the women!) There will also be lively cultural music, and a variety of Ugandan food will be served to taste.

New Milford resident, Karen Pease Marino works as a Senior Art Director at Ethan Allen, and calls this her “day job.” Her heart and soul now belong to the amazing Ugandan women and girls she has met in Uganda who are living in extreme poverty. She has done numerous talks on this subject. Kent resident, Dr. Joseph Baxer, President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut will chair the program. Baxer, has been engaged in the work of sustaining cultural diversity and mediating cross-cultural conflicts for 40 years.

Please join us on Saturday April 29 at 2:00 in the Reading Room at the Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main Street, Kent, CT. Register here.

This program is free & open to public. Donations always accepted. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.