For inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison, a quality meal is a luxury that one could only dream of.
And such a dream took inmates by surprise yesterday, January 12, when Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, the founder of Jeety Trading Corporation, paid them a surprise visit with a delicious hot meal.
The meal, which included Jollof rice mixed with fried chicken and other ingredients, was served among each one of the 1,400 inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison along with a bottle of juice and a bag of water.
According to Jeety, the gesture, which he has started, is one of the several ways he is expected to identify with inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison this year and in years to come.
“The inmates here at the central prison deserve to be fed hot and delicious meals too,” he said. “The government is trying, but equally so, it is my responsibility as a businessperson and resident of this great country to help. I cannot sit down thinking that all is well, when that is not the case. This is the beginning of more to come as the partnership got lots of good stuff in it.”
Disclosing the next move, Jeety said the feeding of the prisoners will not be done on a daily basis, rather on a monthly basis as he studied the process of doing it regularly.
“For now, it will be done on a monthly basis while I study other alternatives that will improve their diet supply regularly. It is something that is in the pipeline; however, it is just a matter of time.
Jeety, the Indian national whose action is inspired by his philosophy of “Don’t give to get; Give to inspire,” currently runs a daily feeding program which he started in 2017. The initiative now benefits about 1,000 vulnerable and homeless people daily who recieve hot cooked meals.
Born in Jalandhar City, Punjab, a state in northern India, Jeety’s connection to Liberia began in a very unusual way. He was captured by a fascinating story told by one of his cousins who did business in the West African country. The cousin invited him to visit Liberia, which Jeety did and never looked back.
“I love Liberia and this country has been good to me… so helping its people, is something that makes me proud. With a long life, I won’t stop,” Jeety added as he helped serve the inmates the hot cooked meal.
In remarks, the Deputy Superintendent for Administration at the Monrovia Central Prison, Joel Juah, thanked Jeety for the timely donation. “This is one of his many kinds of support he has given to us, which we highly appreciate,” Juah said. “The gesture comes at a crucial time and indeed, it is a plus for us here. It is our prayer and hope you continue your good way gestures to the inmates.”