Prisoners in Bomana Medium Security Unit and Women’s Prison, situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby, broke out in a resounding appreciative round of applause, following a recent visit by our volunteers.
As dawn was breaking, local and overseas volunteers, led by Phillip and Maureen Vaki, OFFL PNG Directors of Operations, could be seen in a serving area on the prison grounds, preparing a healthy breakfast for every inmate consisting of Weet-Bix and fresh fruit.
This event is a very rare treat for our friends. Our visits are always enthusiastically welcomed. Every inmate beamed smiles as they received an armful of special treats to consume at a later date.
During the programme, Dennis Perry and David Woolley, OFFL Co-Founders, presented a wheelchair and pair of crutches to a male prisoner whose family member was permanently disabled and had no mobility without these much needed items.
David then introduced our volunteers to the prisoners; sharing details of other projects the volunteers were involved in to help the poor, disadvantaged and forgotten.
Prior to concluding breakfast the Governor of the Prisons publicly paid tribute to Operation Food for Life, acknowledging his and those of the prisoners, profound gratitude for our past long term practical and spiritual commitment to the women and men incarcerated in Bomana.
The ladies in prison made our visit especially memorable by presenting an uplifting music item in appreciation for touching their lives.