Ministry donates vegetables to Home for the Aged
The Ministry of Police, Prisons and Correction Services has donated vegetables from its plantations to the Mapuifagalele Home for the Aged.
The donation of the vegetables comes courtesy of prisoners at the Tanumalala Prision who plant vegetables and tend to their plantations as part of their chores in prison in recent months.
Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Leiataua Samuelu Afamasaga said the visit to the aged care facility is part of its plan which it will continue in order to assist Mapuifagalele.
“This is the outcome from our prisoners in terms of their work as they are living within Tanumalala and yet the idea of this has come and we have been so blessed with so much food in our hands from their vegetables and plantation," he said.
“More of this will be given out to them in the future as we keep planting and also we still in continue with our monthly duty in helping them cleaning up the ground as that is one of our usual activities."
The donation is part of the Ministry's community engagement with the elderly on top of prisoners mowing the lawn of the Home for the Aged Mapuifagalele grounds on a monthly basis.
Sister Maria Frances Pale acknowledge the continued support of the Ministry including the fruits of its work which were presented on Wednesday morning for Mapuifagalele
“We can’t thank you enough for this, they had their usual cleaning up every month within the area, and yet now they donate their vegetables farm and plantations fruits for us, for that, we are much appreciated, whatever they donate we humbly accept it," said Sister Maria.
The extra vegetables from the Ministry are provided to assist the Little Sisters of the Poor and their care. The Home for the Aged is run by the Catholic Church through the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Ministry also acknowledged the elderly for keeping the Ministry and its workers in their prayers and for Samoa and vowed to continue to supply vegetables in the future.
The Home for the Aged have received donations from communities such as churches members, private and public businesses as well as families in cash and kind.