The residents of Zeon Town in the ELWA community recently received a visit from Gospel music artist turned politician Kanvee Gains Adams, who told residents she was stepping out of her comfort zone “to meet my people for whom I have been singing all through the years.”
She said people with good fortune, including herself, should abandon selfishness and contribute positively to the lives of the underprivileged masses that “need a fair share of life’s benefits but cannot have access to them due to injustice.”
The founder and CEO of Kanvee Adams International Ministries established in Liberia and the United States, she has won many awards including Best Gospel Female Artist. Adams has served the Liberian Gospel Musicians Association (LAGMA) as its National Coordinator. She travels extensively around the World on Gospel Musical concerts. Some of her music is in Mandingo, while most are in English.
“I can’t keep watching the people in the slum communities languish for the good things they equally deserve that some of us who say we are statesmen and stateswomen have access to,” the popular singer told Zeon Town residents during her visit.
Adams recently announced her intention to contest in the 2017 elections as a candidate for District #6 in the National Legislature.
Adams gave one year scholarships to two children who needed support with their school fees due to their parents’ financial limitations.
The scholarships were awarded to Elvis Wondan Jr., grade one, and Sando Yarbo, kindergarten, both of whom attend the Boulico School of Christ in the ELWA community.
Mr. Elvis Wondan, father of Elvis Jr., thanked Mrs. Adams for her kind support to children’s education.
Adams also broke ground for the reconstruction of a drain, which has repeatedly caused damage to the homes of Zeon Town residents over several rainy seasons.
She presented to the community chairman, Mr. David Brown, several shovels, two 25kg bags of rice and L$12,000 for the young men in the community to clean out the drain. Adams promised to return with other support such as cement in order to properly divert the overflow of water through the drain away from the homes.
“This is our way of identifying with you,” she said adding, “During the rainy season we are aware of the many sicknesses that come due to waste and contaminated water flowing through the neighborhoods. Mosquitoes take advantage of poor sanitation and transmit malaria to children and adults alike. We don’t want people to keep falling sick due to the poor drainage system.”
Adams maintained that the essence of her community initiatives is not political. “One thing I can tell you is that the motive behind my goodwill is not just tied to politics. I have the passion to serve selflessly and it is that passion that is driving me to serve you at the level of the National
Legislature. You need to experience the fair benefits of your constitutional rights to good and affordable health care delivery system; sound, quality and affordable education for your children and yourselves; and many other good things of life,” she told the residents.
She promised to extend her community development initiatives to the other 54 communities of District #6 and interact with the people whom she hopes to represent in the National Legislature.
Receiving the items, Mr. Brown commended Ms. Adams on behalf of the residents and promised to mobilize men to begin the cleanup and reconstruction of the drain.
When asked whether he will solicit the votes of Zeon Town residents for Mrs. Adams in the 2017 elections, Brown said his primary objective is to campaign for a good leader who will contribute to the transformation of people’s lives.
“I wouldn’t mind campaigning for her if she is the most prepared candidate to bring us the needed change,” he said.
Mrs. Adams also visited the motorcyclists at their parking lot and promised to pay school fees for some of them.