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A Light in The Dark
With long remand periods and little or no activities in remand prisons, the rate of return into custody of remand prisoners is high. This is one of the reasons, POP developed a Candle Skills Project to train prisoners in pre-trial detention in Kampala in candle making to enable them support themselves and their families after release.
The candle making training consists of learning how to make paraffin, beeswax, coloured and scented candles and how to make candles using recycled and household materials. The remand prisoners receive payment for the days they work in the workshop. POP sells the candles on the local Ugandan market.
This innovative project provides released prisoners with an easy and inexpensive (home-based) income generating activity, which makes them independent from finding employment.
This project is sponsored by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda.
Bead by Bead
Many prisoners on death-row cannot work and do not have the means to pay for legal assistance or to support their families. POP therefore works with prisoners on death row in Luzira Upper Prison to give them an opportunity to earn money through creative beading. With glass and paper beads, we create beautiful jewellery and beaded crafts to enable them to learn new skills, to work and to earn an income. They use this money to pay for a lawyer, to support their families (like school fees) and to buy necessities in prison.
Sewing A Better Future
With no skills, it can be hard for women that come out of prison to look after themselves and their children. Tailoring skills can help the women to make a living after release to support their families. POP trains young women in tailoring skills in the prison with the help of prison staff members.
In the training , the women learn how to sew quality clothes and tailored crafts. POP pays the women for the crafts they make and sells these crafts to make the project sustainable.
First Steps Back In The Community
POP opened a Tailoring Centre in Gulu town, to offer temporary employment to the newly released participants of our tailoring project in Gulu Women’s Prison to ease their transition back to the community. We support their reintegration and prepare them for setting up their own (home based) income generating activities.
The tailoring centre also functions as a shop for the tailored crafts made in this project and other prison crafts from our other projects.
This project is sponsored by Forward Foundation.
A Haircut to Freedom
POP built a hairdressing salon in Lira Women’s Prison to train the young women in this prison in hairdressing skills, provide them with work experience and small earnings, which they can use to build a livelihood after prison. By providing these services to the town of Lira, the women can also improve their relationship with the community and facilitate their transition back home.
The prisoners can remain part of the community and contribute in a meaningful way to the community while serving their sentence. This reduces the stigma attached to prison. The skills acquired provides the prisoners with the possibility of starting home-based income generating activities after release.
This project is sponsored by Forward Foundation.
Joining The Computer Age
Computers form an important part of today’s society. Knowledge and skills in the use of a computer are therefore incredibly valuable. Many prisoners have little or no skills in computers. To prepare them for their re-entry into the community, POP trains prisoners basic skills in computer use in the Computer Skills Project.
Starting A Career in Prison
One of the mayor factors in successful rehabilitation and reintegration in the community after finishing a prison term is finding suitable employment. Former prisoners who manage to find a job to support themselves and their families are less likely to reoffend. With a Career Skills Project, POP prepares prisoners for their re-entry into the employment market after release by providing them with knowledge and skills to find suitable employment.
Sharing Hope, Advice and Lessons Learnt
Writing is a great way for prisoners to reflect on their lives, how they ended up in prison, how to use their time in prison effectively and on their plans for after prison. In our Writing Skills Project, POP therefore provides writing materials and workshops in writing skills in 16 prisons in Uganda.
Many of the articles are moving, inspiring and educational. POP therefore publishes the best articles on a quarterly Prison Wall-Newspaper. The Prison Wall-Newspapers are distributed to the Prisons Headquarters and all the participating prisons, where they are displayed on the walls of the reception, the library and the wards in prison to reach hundreds of prisoners, staff members and visitors. With the life lessons and advice that the prisoners share in these articles, they support and bring hope to their fellow inmates.
This project is sponsored by PostBank Uganda Ltd.
Turning Trash into Treasure
A Week to Forget
Sport is a great way to improve the physical and mental well-being of prisoners and to help them forget their troubles. POP organises bi-annual sports tournaments in Gulu Women Prison and Gulu Men Prison to provide the prisoners with a week of sports activities, relaxation and entertainment. During the tournaments around 27 women play netball and a hundred men play football.
After the preliminary games, POP organises the finals, which are enjoyed by the entire prison populations of both prisons. The winning teams receive a goat and the POP sports cup.
Prison Break Dance
POP uses dance as a means to rehabilitate young people in prison. Since 2011, we have worked with the non-profit organisation Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) to offer breakdance classes to young people and death-row inmates in Kampala, Jinja and Gulu. BPU was founded by Ugandan youth and works on empowering and supporting youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in Kampala and Gulu through the culture of breakdance and hiphop.
With our breakdance programme in Kampala Remand Prison, Jinja Main Prison and Gulu Men’s Prison, we are working on the rehabilitation of young prisoners by improving their physical and mental well-being. Breakdance helps our participants cope with the daily stress of prison and the programme offers the prisoners a non-violent way to resolve their conflicts through breakdance battles. Our aim is also to facilitate the participants’ reintegration after release by promoting social responsibility, by giving them teaching skills and by providing the former prisoners with a social support network through the breakdance community in Kampala and Gulu.
Preparing For Life After Prison
We are training prisoners to prepare them for successful re-entry into the community upon release. The training (6 sessions) covers organisational skills, problem-solving skills, communication and interpersonal skills, reconciliation and conflict-resolution skills (including dealing with the stigma of prison), (household) financial management skills and practical matters (including family tracing, transport, accommodation).
Inner Peace Through Yoga