The Foundation for Education and Community Empowerment (DIGFECOE), last Saturday launched its Adult Literacy Program for rural people in Bonjeh Town, Bomi County.
Counselor Isaac G. Wiles, who chairs the Foundation, told an audience of over 500 persons, predominantly young adults. The organization is meant to “Develop the Mind, Develop the Future”, as well as prepare them for a brighter future.
Wiles said the organization’s activities would be extended to the fifteen (15) Counties of Liberia because of his belief in sharing the benefits of his education with the less fortunate and underprivileged.
“When you give people rice, they eat and forget; but if you give them education and training, they will never forget because you have empowered them,” Wiles told his audience.
He continued: “if you are educated, you will not wait for people to give you free rice, because you will be able to buy your own rice.”
“You can be anything you want to be; therefore, the organization was there to help those adults who did not have the opportunity to go to school, when they were young,” Dr. Wiles added.
More companies, he said, were on their way to Liberia, but would only be interested in working with them if they had some formal education and/or training.
“There is no FREE rice coming; therefore, do not depend on it; learn to buy your own rice,” Wiles noted.
DIGFECOE’s Executive Director Edwin Tuma Johnson then presented a 2.7KVA Generator, Exercise (Copy) books, Reading Materials, Crayons, Dusters, Pencils and other educational materials to the citizens of Bonjeh Town.
Johnson said the organization was presently focus on the villages, towns and other sub-political divisions of Liberia as the program will eventually come to Monrovia.
Also commenting, DIGWFECOE Vice Chairman, Father Prince O. Ulrich-Denze reminded the people that the effort undertaken by them was voluntary and not for money making.
“A good neighbor is that person who will think about you when you are in need,” said Wiles, noting to them that his organization was a good neighbor and a real friend.
Recently, the Foundation presented similar educational materials to other towns within Montserrado.
Meanwhile, Wiles has extended sympathy to the Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Philip N. Wisseh for the loss of his daughter, Wilhemena Tetee Wisseh, who died last week following a brief illness.