During Jennifer's recent humanitarian trip to Nepal to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity's Global Village Program, she also began working on a mini-documentary for the NGO Room to Read. The short film will be intergrated into Room to Read's campaign for International Literacy Day on Sept. 8, 2012.
Moni & The Story of Garbage tells the story of how one book changed the life of a young girl in a small, poor village in Nepal.
Moni is only 15 years-old and is now a published author and illustrator. Before the book was published Moni was taken out of school for an arranged marriage. When her parents learned she was to become a published author they canceled the marriage and allowed Moni to return to school so she can pursue her dream of becoming a writer. (above, all photos by Jennifer London)
Moni's book, 'The Story of Garbage', tells the story of what happens to trash and the importance of recycling. Her story was selected from 500 student submissions. (above)
Moni reads her story to Jennifer in the school's library in Bhaktipur, Nepal. (above)
Jennifer films inside the plastic factory where Moni's parents both work. The family is extremely poor, but since 'The Story of Garbage' was published they have committed to ensuring Moni and her sisters get an education. (above)
Jennifer is proud to have worked with Point Studio and 10x10's content team to produce a conference commemorating the United Nation's 1st International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, 2012. 10x10 is a global social action campaign with a feature film at the center, designed to bring together non-profits, corporations, philanthropists, policy leaders, global influencers and grassroots community activists in a movement to support girls' education. Through the power of storytelling 10x10 will inspire action and affect change - educate girls: change the world. 10x10's conference will be held on 10.10.12 at the Paley Center in New York City.
"Classic tenets of journalism call for objectivity and neutrality. These are antiquated principles no longer universally observed, we must absolutely not feel bound by them. If we are ever to create meaningful change, advocacy journalism will be the single most crucial element to enable the necessary organizing. It is therefore very important that we learn how to be successful advocacy journalists."
- The Independent Media Center