Helping Children Cope With Parental Imprisonment

Gloria Nakangu, Assistant Programs Officer interacting with Edith

One of the biggest issues children with parents in prison face is trauma; which is manifested through other issues including, but not limited to; anxiety, aggressiveness, lack of sleep, among other issues. Through counseling, the children are able to cope with having a parent(s) in prison.

During the individual and group counseling sessions, children revealed their major worries. They are worried about their parents in prison. Since this year begun, they have never visited their parents; and unfortunately the prisons are now closed to any visitors during this time. The children are also worried about when schools will reopen fully; currently, only candidates have been allowed to go back to school. Children in other classes are worried that they might not be promoted to the next classes.

Gloria interacting with the younger boys at Wells of Hope Junior School

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