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Published:January 13th, 2008 14:25 EST

Book drive in aid of displaced children following post-election violence

By SOP newswire

In light of the unfortunate violence that has plagued our beloved nation due to the recent general elections, Storymoja Publishers wishes to join other Kenyans in offering assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes, particularly the children, by organizing a massive book drive.

 

Storymoja has been in the forefront of ensuring that Kenyans get the opportunity to read and tell their stories. Our motto is "a book in every hand." Apart from donations of clothing and food, we feel it is important for these people to have access to books, particularly the children in these camps. Not only will books keep the children entertained, but it will focus their minds on other issues and, if only for a moment, offer them a much need distraction from the horrendous situation they are facing. Let their childhood innocence be salvaged through reading and writing. We believe books will help those afflicted both spiritually and psychologically.

 

With this in mind, Storymoja is happy to be collaborating with Uchumi Supermarkets, the Red Cross and Kenyans entertainers in the "Jaza Lorry" initiative which kicked off on Wednesday, January 9, 2008. We are urging Kenyans to donate books, new or used, as well as writing material in the form of exercise books, writing pads, crayons, felt pens, pencils and biros, to benefit the children in these camps. We are urging book stores and publishers to join this initiative as well.

 

Storymoja joins hands with all Kenyans in seeking a solution to the current political stalemate and in ensuring that peace prevails in our nation. In the coming months, events and publications from Storymoja will reflect our need for education and tolerance amongst Kenyans.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Gacheru Maina,

Public Relations manager,

Storymoja Publishers

Email: gacheru@storymojaafrica.co.ke

Cell: 0728067799