Monrovia– The Village People Empowerment (ViPeE), a cultural charity group, donated Liberian and African cultural, historical and specialist books to the National Museum to enhance the knowledge of scholars who usually visit the museum.
The donation of the books and other artifacts was made to the Broad Street National Museum in Monrovia.
Mr. Rudolf Janke is the development coordinator of ViPeE. He told the rally that the initiative aims to support the museum library by providing books written by selected Liberians and other authors.
“A lot of Liberians have been able to publish different books. We also provide books about Liberia written by Germans in English. These are books that capture certain stories,” he said.
Janke, who previously worked with the Liberia House of Statistics, now the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geographic Information Services (LISGIS), said the books are critically important to Liberia as they capture the history and culture of Liberia.
“There are 137 books in total and they are very important for this country. I came here in the 80s and after the war I decided to rebuild in different areas. I am also here to support the development of rural areas, because people in these areas need more basic things like water and sanitation, education and medical services. In doing so, we want to preserve the culture. We have a lot of cultural heritage in mind that can uplift this country,” he said.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Mr. Darius G. Gueh, congratulated ViPeE for the donation and urged other organizations and individuals to follow suit.
“The government of Liberia appreciates you and we look forward to working with you for more. So the culture office will work with you and continue to work with you to promote the cultural heritage of Liberia,” he added.
In brief remarks at the ceremony, the Deputy Director of the National Museum, Kollie Kennedy, said the books are critically important as they capture key historical and cultural facts about the country and the African continent.