Philanthropist, Daniel Amoateng has donated to inmates of the prison at Roman ridge.
The donations formed part of his philanthropic activities and also a decision to spend his birthday with the inmates. At the prison, Daniel Amoateng had a tour of the facility while interacting with the juvenile offenders, some of whom had been sentenced to a maximum of three to five years for offences of defilement, theft and armed robbery.
Daniel Amoateng who is also the founder of the Daniel Amoateng foundation, was touched by their stories upon interaction with the inmates prayed and encouraged them that they have great destinies, but should try to make the best out of where they find themselves.
In an interview with yen.com.gh, philanthropist, Daniel Amoateng whose philanthropic activities spans from Liberia and Sierra Leone noted that as a people we are experts at calling on different organizations to come to our aid but we forget to help our own. Citing the words of Martin Luther King Jnr, Mr. Amoateng explained that forgetting to help our own as a nation is the ultimate tragedy.
“What would be remembered at the end of the day is not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. So if we forget to help our own then that is the ultimate tragedy and it is not what the enemies would do to us”, he reiterated.
He added that, this forms the basis for his decision to spend his birthday with the inmates who he considers to be great people with great future and destinies, adding that “it is only when you have a great destiny that the devil will fight you”
As part of his visit to the prison, Daniel Amoateng presented items worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the inmates and the correctional centre. The items presented include bags of rice, boxes of oil, boxes of detergents, packs of toilet rolls, boxes of disinfectants, boxes of tin fish and some can drinks.
Presenting the items to the Deputy Commander in charge of the Centre, Mr. Chris Larvie, Mr. Amoateng noted that he is pleased to support them but this is just the beginning of lots of thousands and billions to come. The Commander at the centre applauded Daniel Amoateng and his team for their kind gesture and for remembering the centre.
As part of the donation, Mr. Amoateng also presented an undisclosed amount of money to the Chairman of the Prisons council, Rev, Stephen Wengam to support Project Efiase. According to him, the donation is to support the recent reforms to change the phase of the prisons. He noted that he believes his thanksgiving to God for adding another year to his life is to share to the needy and less privilege in society.
On his part, Rev. Wengam expressed appreciation of the council to Daniel Amoateng and called on corporate Ghana and Ghanaians living abroad to also emulate the example of Mr. Amoateng and support Project Efiase, as the prison could be everyone’s second home.
Rev. Wengam also called on the prison ambassadors to be up and doing and help bring support to the prisons. Daniel Amoateng’s visit was accompanied by movie director Pascal Amanfo and actors Timothy bentum and Emelia Brobbey.