Almost 75% of boys who leave juvenile prison often face stigma and rejection from family members thereby, committing crimes and going back to prison as hardened criminals. Lifesong Kenya seeks to address this by providing a half way centre. That is where the Lifesong Kenya running and cycling team comes in.
Our team is planning to run and cycle over 3,000 km to raise funds. The funds raised will be used to rent or buy a facility that can be turned into a half way centre. The facility will provide temporary refuge for the boys as we ensure whether or not it is safe for the boys to return home or they need to relocate elsewhere.
Boys and families who need post prison counseling will be able to receive it while we work on the reconciliation process. Boys who have nowhere to go to, will be relocated elsewhere and empowered to use the skills they gained in prison. We will also use the centre for the following activities:-
- training the boys on how to find jobs based on their skills
- pair the boys with a business mentor for entrepreneurship development
- rear chicken, rabbits and carry out small scale farming
- link the boys with job opportunities where they can further sharpen their skills
Half Way Run & Cycle 2018
We have already lost touch with 10 boys who went through our Character Development Program last year. Having a half way house will enable us to closely monitor such boys for purposes of ensuring they transition back into the community without glitches. The centre will enable boys leaving prison to find a safe haven where their rehabilitation, reconciliation and reintegration back into the community can continue.
The Lifesong Kenya Team needs your help. We are therefore requesting for your support, resources and funding. Our team will be taking part in several half marathons spread across the year as well as two long distance bike rides. We will have, at least one half marathon every month. The bike rides will be in June (Nairobi to the shores of Lake Victoria) and in December (Nairobi to the shores of the Indian Ocean).
Feel to share your biking or running knowledge as well as resources needed for long distance running and biking such as bikes, gear, tents or simply send as an encouraging note in the mailbox. Or you can give your house and allow us to use it as a half house centre. That would be super cool!
And oh, you can also contribute money! Kindly follow this link and contribute.
- Individual contribution: from Kshs. 500 (USD 5)
- Corporate: from Kshs. 35,000 (USD 350)
- Biking resources (bikes and accessories)
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglass, 1817-1895