9 February 2012

Liberia: One Liberia Partners With One Moore Book for Unification Workbook

Photo: Glenna Gordon/UNESCO
An elementary school in Monrovia.

press release

Liberian owned children's book publisher One Moore Book has partnered with ONE Liberia for a workbook to promote ethnic unification among Liberian youth.

The workbook--The Love of Liberia: Empowerment through Unification--will be used this Spring in Liberia at youth reconciliation workshops facilitated by ONE Liberia.

Founded in 2008, ONE Liberia uses community organizing and a grassroots approach to promote peace and awareness for a united Liberia.

Combining formal education, youth capacity building, and community engagement, ONE Liberia has hosted several similar initiatives in Liberia since 2008 with the goal of unity, youth empowerment and social awareness.

In 2010, the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf signed the ONE Liberia Unity Pledge and provided an inspirational video for the ONE Liberia National Unification Day Campaign.

On February 2nd, the organization raised more than $15,000 at a New York fundraiser for the purpose of continuing the Spring empowerment programs in Liberia.

Funds will be used for the following types of programs: youth empowerment, mentorship, health, peace building and scholarships.

The funds will also be used to sponsor the production and printing of 200 workbooks through One Moore Book, to be disseminated this Spring to Liberian youth.

"Our specialty is children's books but this was such a unique and inspiring project to assist and empower youth that we couldn't say no," says the company's publisher, Wayétu Moore. Moore co-wrote the ONE Liberia workbook with sister Kula Moore, a practicing Houston-based therapist who also illustrated the book.

Since the launch in January 2011, Moore's company has successfully published and distributes 7 children's paperback and digital books and has formed a number of distribution partnerships with non- profits like Worldreader.org, an organization that sends eReaders to impoverished schools in Kenya and Ghana.

The work of Moore and her 4 siblings (all partners in the company) have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Economist Magazine, MSN's glo.com and The Houston Chronicle.

"ONE Liberia is a phenomenal organization and we couldn't be more thrilled to be included in their mission toward a unified Liberia," Moore said.

ONE Liberia workbooks will be distributed exclusively through the ONE Liberia reconciliation workshops. Other One Moore Book titles are available at www.onemoorebook.com.

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