YES Alumni Mohammed Kiawu and his former Host Family Elke Lipka and Pat Greely of Ann Arbor, Michigan launched the Books for Monrovia project in March 2011.
The Books for Monrovia project stems from Mohammed's passion to help Liberia high school students. During his exchange, Mohammed observed a stark difference between text books in his hometown of Monrovia and that of his host city of Ann Arbor. Many Liberian schools have limited and or outdated text books. While in Ann Arbor, not only is there an abundance of new and updated text books, but often these books are discarded once students complete their classes. Mohammed puts these two phenomenons together, and with the support and help of his host family launched the Books for Monrovia project.
Mohammed hopes that the books will serve a greater purpose for research and promote a reading society of young people.The first consignment of Books from Michigan arrived in the City of Monrovia on March 2011. Students can currently access the books in the Books for Monrovia reading room set up in the iEARN Liberia office. In the future, Mohammed hopes to extend the project to rural areas where students will have the opportunity to have access to updated research materials.