The newly-established children's room of a Liberian library was named after a late CODE volunteer and friend.
On December 10th, CODE's Liberian partner the WE-CARE Foundation held a ceremony in Monrovia to celebrate the re-dedication of the children's room in the WE-CARE Library in honor of the late Dr. David Klooster, professor of English at Hope University in Michigan.
Dr. Klooster, who passed away in 2012, was involved with CODE as a volunteer and advisor. Upon his passing, a memorial fund was created to support the establishment of a children's room in one of the only public libraries in Liberia.
The David Klooster Children's Room is one of the many educational initiatives undertaken by the WE-CARE Foundation. The Foundation, with CODE's support, also trains teachers, writers and illustrators to produce culturally relevant children books for Liberian schools, and runs a vacation reading program — Story Hour for Kids.
CODE is pleased that Dr. Klooster's passion for literacy and learning will live on through this initative, and thanks everyone who contributed to the David Klooster Memorial Fund.
Dignitaries pray during the re-dedication ceremony