Category Archives: TWIJABA

WIJABA Library in Honor of Darren Dahlman

In our continuing blog posts from The World Is Just a Book Away Board members, we are honored to share this heartfelt post from AGS Johnson. We are so proud to have a WIJABA library in the name of Darren … Continue reading

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WIJABA Ambassadors Have a Library Dedicated to Them

When WIJABA began, Founder Prof. Owens Owens discovered that as he shared the idea of WIJABA with his current and former students, he encountered their great enthusiasm for the project. Out of that, the “Ambassadors” Program was born, which enlisted … Continue reading

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On the ground in Indonesia…& our new office!

Our indefatigable Country Director for Indonesia, Robert Lucas, has returned after a break visiting his home in Los Angeles and spending some valuable face time with Founder James Owens and many involved with WIJABA at the organization’s Los Angeles base. … Continue reading

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WIJABA Founder James Owens: Inspired by Students

Teaching, I have learned through the years, gives back to the teacher in many ways. For the past eight years, I have taught at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication. During this time, if I had … Continue reading

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2011 Begins: update from our Indonesia Country Director

2011. A New Year. A new beginning. A new approach. First, I would like to personally thank all of you who have been following the miraculous journey we (WIJABA) have been on this past year (2010) and I can’t say … Continue reading

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USC News story on WIJABA, thanks for the nod!

We’re honored to have a wonderful and thorough story published online today showing how a variety of U. of Southern California connections came together to help James Owens launch The World Is Just A Book Away! A great read…please SHARE … Continue reading

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Volunteer Sarah Is Changed for Life after Time in Indonesia with Children, Libraries

Hi everyone! About a month ago (Nov. 10), we posted a beautiful note from Saran Monich who went to Indonesia to volunteer for a couple months for The World Is Just A Book Away. She is heading home about now … Continue reading

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WIJABA noted in Article on Teaching Children to GIVE

WIJABA Founder James J. Owens provided a wonderful quote about making a project ‘relatable’ to kids to engage them in the idea and act of giving. Please read (whole article is GREAT!), click on title: 9 Expert Tips for Teaching … Continue reading

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Volunteer is Invigorated by Beautiful Gestures, Appreciation, High Energy at Padang Openings

There are a few moments that stand clearly out in my mind. The first is the way the children shook my hand to show respect. Many of the children at every school, while shaking my hand, touch it gently to their foreheads. This gesture was so beautiful, so genuine… Continue reading

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Wealth of Emotion as New Libraries Open in PADANG

From our intrepid on-the-ground guy, Robert Lucas…a few words about Oct. 27-28: “The World is Just a Book Away has reached a new milestone. We successfully opened 10 new libraries in Padang, Sumatra, our first projects outside of Sidoajo, in … Continue reading

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