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Refugees learn business skills

James Moore, second from right, and Gabriel Choloe, third from right, began business school for Liberian refugees.
James Moore, second from right, and Gabriel Choloe, third from right, began business school for Liberian refugees. Photo: Photo by Elder Michael Kirkpatrick

BUDUBURAM REFUGEE CAMP — Among the 150 Latter-day Saints in this camp of tens of thousands of refugees from the civil war in Liberia are James Moore and Gabriel Choloe. Brother Moore, who serves as group clerk, was a professor at Cuttington University in Gbarnga, Liberia, until he fled to Sierra Leone with his family in 1994. He had been introduced to the Church in 1977 while learning banking at the University of Liberia, but did not join until 1994 in Sierra Leone. Today, his wife, son and daughter are in the United States and he hopes for the day they are reunited.

While waiting, Brother Moore saw the idleness of the refugees and wanted to help. Under the direction of Lartebiokorshi Ghana Stake President Charles Sono-Koree, who presides over the group in Buduburam, Brother Moore enlisted the help of Brother Choloe, a former arithmetic and history teacher in Liberia. Together, they began in late 2002 the Institute of Learning in a small, bare cement room where any refugee — regardless of religion or background — can learn computer and business skills. Tuition is 40,000 cedis (or $5), but if students do not have the money, they can pay it back later after finding jobs.

With the help of LDS Charities, President Sono-Koree presented two refurbished computers and four keyboard wizards to the school. And he reminded Brother Moore and Brother Choloe, who serves as a stake high councilor, to have good feelings toward their fellow men and "remember whatever you do here, do it for the glory of Jesus Christ."

Brother Moore said of the institute: "We have seen the needy here and have prayed fervently for answers on how we could help develop self-sufficiency amongst the people. Our prayer is that God will be the director of this program."

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