HCMO has developed an educational and life skills training program currently being facilitated within Kamiti Maximum Prisons.
One of the main objectives of HCMO is to empower the marginalized of single parents. One group that has really been marginalized are the inmates; the fact that a married individual has been incarcerated renders the spouse as a single parent. What many in society forget is that both inmates and ex-inmates can transform and contribute positively to the well-being of their communities and the nation at large. HCMO feels very strongly that this marginalized group must also be included among those being empowered.
Inmate Training Program
HCMO has developed an educational and life skills training program for the prisons. In implementing this project, HCMO has been granted permission by the Kenya prisons to facilitate proposed programs with Kamiti as a pilot project with room to expand to other prisons as resources allow. Activities include educating the inmates, their children, training of prison officers and training of trainers (TOT) for inmates and prison officers. The objective for TOT is to facilitate future trainings by inmates and staff as HCMO moves to other prisons. The outreach for inmates is in preparation for integration into society upon release.
Research continues to prove that recidivism rates can be decreased through education and personal development skills. HCMO believes that the proposed education will further enhance self esteem, inner confidence, integrity and de-stigmatization.
HCMO’s educational and life skill program costs $100.00 per year, per inmate; this is inclusive of writing books, pens, printing course outlines and transport for teachers.
Empowerment of Inmates’ Families
As part of its outreach to inmates, HCMO is also involved in paying tuition for inmates’ children and is in the process of identifying home placements for inmates’ children. HCMO recognizes the importance of empowering the inmates’ children in efforts of cutting down potential generational criminality (grandfather, son, grandchild). This transformation can only be achieved by various organizations contributing to holistic rehabilitative programs for inmates.
HCMO realized that it should go a step further by assisting ex-inmates to re-integrate into society.
Contributions from supporters will empower an ex-inmate to start a small scale business within their area of training during incarceration.
HCMO intends to develop halfway housing for ex-inmates, especially for those rejected by family; this is a crucial project since Kenya only has one halfway house.