An offence and prison sentence tears communities and families apart
Lifesong Kenya recognizes that when crime or offence occurs it harms people and damage relationships. It also leads to broken lives, missed opportunities and alienation. This being so, involving wrongdoers, victims of crime and the community is the only way of healing and making amends.
Our programs seek to promote, support, nurture and repair relationships that have been broken as a result of offense. We are convinced that enhancing healthy relationships helps in the rehabilitation process of offenders.
Therefore, our programs seek to bring together offenders, communities and victims of crime in dialogue. This aims at providing an avenue for making amends and bringing closure to matters that may derail reintegration of offenders exiting prison.
(a). The REAM Program
Reintegration: restoring offenders to wholeness by empowering them with spiritual nourishment, employable skills and character formation.
Exit: provide an exit plan that involves business owners and institutions in the community.
Amends: enabling wrongdoers to take the initiative of repairing the harm they have caused.
Mediation: creating opportunities for reconciliation and healing of offenders, victims and the community at large.
(b). Employable Skills
Lifesong Kenya introduced character development mentoring to 100 boys in 2017. Before the end of 2017, we introduced ICT training. So far, over 60 boys have graduated from our previous computer classes.
Our plan is to empower more boys with employable skills that will include:-
- ICT and computer skills
- soft skills
- business development, etc
(c). Perpetual Revolving Fund
This is a business development fund aimed at empowering young men with business skills. We hope to link the boys with resources needed to start a business. The eligible recipients will undergo financial training before they receive a business loan.
Once the boys receive the loan, they are expected to return it with a small interest. This same money will be used as a revolving fund for future business ventures.
It will be an ideal way of exiting boys from the prison and will include the following:
- business proposal writing
- business management skills
- book and record keeping
- job shadowing and placement
- business funding and development
- Big Brother, Big Sister Program
This is an avenue for individuals of all kinds to bring on board their various skills. The beauty of this is that you can volunteer a few minutes or hours of your time and share a skill.
The advances in technology has made sharing of skills and expertise to be possible via video. This means that you can grab a few minutes and share about goal setting, how to write a CV and so on with our young men.
Doing so will turn you into a big brother and sister that our boys needs. What do you think?
- Halfway House
- training the boys on how to find jobs based on their skills
- pair the boys with business mentors
- rear chicken, rabbits and carry out small scale farming
- link the boys with job opportunities
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List of Resources Needed
We need partnership in terms of getting volunteers and resource people who will help us get:
- Funding and facilitation of programmes and activities
- Computers and accessories for the computer literacy program
- Exercise books, novels, mathematical sets, revision and other learning materials
- Resources and equipment for business development activities
- Employees who can mentor the young people in our project
Contact us for more information.