…Gives L$2M For Widows, Teachers Marketers, And Youths Empowerment
The Vision Bearer of the newly established and certificated People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, has presented a cheque of L$2M to a local organization named and styled ‘Progressive Women of Liberia’ for the empowerment of widows, youths and marketers in Kakata, Margibi County, with a vow to consistently engage and help address the challenges confronting Liberia and its citizens.
The PLP was certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as a full-fledged political party in Liberia on December 21, 2020.
Dr. Cassell is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/President of the Dr. Cassell’s Foundation and the Kwenyah Security Firm in Liberia.
The gesture from the Liberian humanitarian and politician comes in the wake of multiple requests made by the beneficiaries at a program marking the endorsement of his presidential ambition by the Progressive Women of Liberia in Margibi.
The program took place in Wennah’s Town, Telecom Community in Kakata over the weekend.
The cheque was presented to the group’s head, Madam Lilian Barnes for the empowerment of the beneficiaries.
Speaking during the occasion, Dr. Cassell pointed out that the amount of L$500,000 would help the widows to engage into positive ventures to be able to provide their daily bread and cater to them and their respective family members following the deaths of their husbands or loved ones.
He further set aside an additional L$500,000 towards the education of the children of widows under the organization.
He noted that as a person who was raised by a widow following the death of his father when he was just eight years, he feels the sorrow and pains of the struggling Liberian widows who continue to battle against countless number of challenges in the society.
Dr. Cassell emphasized that the beneficiaries are members of the Liberian society who have been marginalized and discriminated against for a prolonged period of time in their own country.
He observed that despite the abundant natural resources in Liberia, youths, women and marketers continue to experience severe hardship and difficulties due to the lack of empowerment opportunities to enable them realize their full potential.
He, however, reminded residents of Margibi about the numerous initiatives worth several thousand United States dollars he has single-handedly undertaken in the county through his foundation.
Dr. Cassell named some of those initiatives as the construction of three bridges, market building, rehabilitation of several kilometers of farm-to-market roads, housing estate for low-income earners, a 650-acre farmland expected to employ over three hundred Liberians, and the consistent sponsoring of the county’s teams during national county sports meet and other local soccer tournaments, among others in Marshall and Laykayta respectively.
“I want you people to understand that Dr. Cassell and the PLP are no stranger to Margibi County. We have made more impact in this county than any other counties across Liberia. The people of this county are good and talented and our goodwill is going to continue in Margibi County and all across Liberia''.
“I grew up as a fatherless child. There are different things in life that can make people make certain decisions. All the groups that spoke here today asking for some kind of help are the groups that I am fighting for; they are the ones I consider the marginalized, disenfranchised and discriminated against; they are the ones that people do not recognize. But based on my records and position, I am here to tell you that I will identify with each and every one of you.”
“I know the difficulties and challenges our mothers go through. It is not strange to me. Many days, I saw sorrow and tears in my mother's eyes; many days there was time she even had to sell or go knocking on people's doors to pay her children's school fees”.
He added that Liberian women remain close to his heart and as such, he will continue to identify and empower them to become productive citizens in the future.
Dr. Cassell pointed out that out of the total amount given, less fortunate youths will also benefit L$500,000 to enable them acquire vocational skills to guarantee their future.
He indicated that youths are the future leaders of Liberia, and as such, it is important for them to be empowered if the nation is to move forward in terms of growth and development.
Dr. Cassell further allocated L$500,000 to teachers who continue to render sacrificial services in molding the minds of students at various schools in the county.
He said though teachers have done so much in educating and helping to reduce the high rate of illiteracy in Liberia, they have been devalued and overlooked for a long period of time in Liberia.
“When teachers are in a good state of mind, they will be able to assist our students to learn the right way possible to bring out the best in our children. I feel your pains and I have come to also identify with you the teachers,” said the PLP political leader.
Dr. Cassell stressed that Liberia's education system will move from mess to best if the wellbeing of teachers is prioritized.
At the same time, Dr. Cassell has with immediate effect vowed to ensure the construction of two hand pumps in Wennah’s Town in the Telecom Community.
The town, which comprises over 6,000 residents including women and children, lacks access to safe drinking water.
But Dr. Cassell guaranteed the construction of the hand pumps following a passionate plea from the leadership of the community during the program.
Responding to the gesture, Madam Barnes commended Dr. Cassell disclosed that the decision taken by the group to endorse his presidential ambition is due to the high level of compassion the PLP Vision Bearer has for his fellow mankind and the nation in general.
Madam Barnes pledged to mobilize across the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia to ensure the election of Dr. Cassell in the 2023 general and presidential elections.