CHILDREN – OUR TREASURE, OUR FUTURE @ KML

Press Release 3/16/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – Founded in 1946, UNICEF can be found in 190 countries and territories around the world to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. UNICEF came into being as the agency for children after WWII. It advocates for every child to have a fair change in life. Beginning in the 1980s, UNICEF worked towards advances in child survival and development. Nevertheless, around the world, millions of children are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage ending their future – and the future of their societies. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on Children – Our Treasure, Our Future on Wedneday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Attorney Terri Brennan and followed by a reception.

As a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Anthropology, Brennan first traveled to Africa for a term and fell in love with the continent.

Moving to the east coast she began her career in marketing and advertising in New York City and then returned to school to study law, graduating from the Cardozo School of Law. After practicing in-house at BMG Entertainment Terri was asked to join a partnership involved in business development in Africa thus bringing together her background in anthropology, marketing and legal.

It was through an introduction to a polo club, Fifth Chukker, in Nigeria that Terri became involved in working with UNICEF on the ground there.

For seven years she brought a team from the Philadelphia Work to Ride program to play in a major international polo tournament which benefits UNICEF projects in northern Nigeria.

The young people from WTR toured the project sites and as honorary UNICEF Ambassadors were able to pay forward, a life changing experience for them.

Brennan continued to work with UNICEF when she returned to Nigeria to work with the polo club, bringing it from a friends and family club to a destination resort as UNICEF has continued to be a major beneficiary of the club’s CSR program.

“In the years since its formation, the mission for UNICEF has evolved from the rights of children to issues of equality for children and women. Terri’s presentation will illustrate a personal experience and collaboration with UNICEF in Africa, especially highlighting a partnership between business and opportunities for youth,” remarked Dr. Joseph J. Baxer, President of United Nations Association of Connecticut. “UNICEF helps governments strengthen child protection systems, ensures that child victims are placed in safe environments and provided with social services and supports the training of social workers to spot signs of trafficking. Community and faith based organizations are offered resources to change harmful societal practices that increase children’s vulnerabilities to trafficking,” he continued.

This event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information call the Library, 860-927-3761; email kmlinfo@biblio.org; stop by the Library; or visit the Library’s online calendar at kentmemoriallibrary.org.