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Celebrating Women’s Day With Formerly Incarcerated Women

Yesterday was a fun filled day as we celebrated Women’s Day with the formerly incarcerated women. The women were extremely happy as they interacted with one another; they had a manicure and pedicure treat; and they shared a lovely meal.

We were honored to have Ms Samalie Wakholi, Head of Sexual Gender Violence Department at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. The women interacted with her and shared their concerns and pleas which included: while sentencing, court should differentiate punishments given to first time offenders from those given to those who have been to prison before; court should consider expectant mothers and women imprisoned with their babies; and among other issues.

Samalie encouraged the women to always speak the truth; that they shouldn’t be convinced by the manipulative lawyers to plead guilty when they are innocent as a pretext of getting lenient sentences; that they should avoid giving bribes to police officers and those that promise them to get over the case.

Ms Samalie Wakholi encouraging the women to learn from their bad experiences and focus on the future

Instead, they should try to get lawyers to represent them; try as much as possible to sensitize women that are challenged with the law, especially those in prison to try as much as possible and write to the DPP’s office to attend to their files just like the men do because they often receive more requests from incarcerated men than those from incarcerated women. “When faced with a bad experience, we should use it to learn rather than to curse.” she added.

During the celebrations, the women were extremely happy to interact with Ms Susan Burton. Founder of A New Way of Life USA.

Children in The Dark – What Happens to Children of Migrant workers?

Labor exportation is undeniably one of the most sought-after source of income for Ugandans at the moment, however Parents who migrate from Uganda to other countries in pursuit of work often do not consider the effect this has on the children that are left behind. In most cases the children are neither consulted nor informed about the decisions of their parents but instead are left with relatives, friends or in institutions and are subjected to growing up without proper parental love that they ought to receive from their primary caregivers who in this case are their biological parents. This is an infringement on their human rights.

Wells of Hope has as thus conducted a pilot research to assess the impact of Labor migration to the children in Uganda. Click here to read Our report called “Children in the Dark” which we believe is a voice for these children has recommendations we hope can be considered to increase positive outcomes for these children.

Our goal and hope is that people, local and international institutions, and government departments working on issues of Children in Uganda will use this report to ensure that this group of children that has been ignored since time immemorial is able to enjoy their full human rights.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts about the report and suggestions about what can be done to ensure that migrant workers’ children in Uganda are not kept in the dark. Reach us on +256-772-650-787 or email us on info@wellsofhope.org

Yours for the Children

Francis Ssuubi

Founder  – Wells of Hope

Maintaining Strong And Healthy Family Relationships

Wells of Hope Staff and Facilitators sharing a photo with the formerly incarcerated parents after the workshop

Most people who leave prison face various challenges while trying to resettle back in the community. Monthly, the members of the Formerly Incarcerated Women Association (FIWA) meet to encourage one another socially and financially. This month’s meeting was held on Thursday 11th with the theme; Maintaining Strong And Healthy Relationships. The meeting was the first of a kind because it comprised the formerly incarcerated parents, fathers and mothers.

During devotions, Apostle Sunday Kafeero encouraged the parents not to give up on their faith in God for a better future. He added that the fact that they are out of prison should always be their testimony of God’s love and faithfulness towards them.

Apostle Sunday Kafeero sharing about God’s faithfulness during devotions

Francis Ssuubi, Wells of Hope Founder opened the meeting by sharing some of the problems children go through; which very often result from parents’ actions. He shared some of the testimonies from the children about how happy they felt since their parents’ release from prison; and he cautioned the parents to always seek counseling in case they face problems.

Francis Ssuubi sharing about the importance of maintaining strong and healthy family bonds during the opening remarks

Pastor Paul Miiro from Makerere Full Gospel Church encouraged the parents to embrace forgiveness, love and reconciliation. He urged them to forgive themselves first, forgive those who put them in prison, love one another and reconcile with others in order to maintain strong and healthy relationships. He encouraged the parents to be more patient with others.

Pastor Miiro from Makerere Full Gospel Church facilitating about love, forgiveness and reconciliation

The parents also had a very interactive group session which was conducted by Marjorie Lunkuse Lwanga, Wells of Hope Deputy Executive Director.

Marjorie Lunkuse, emphasizing the importance of family to children
A mother sharing the challenges she went through after incarceration

Some of the challenges the formerly incarcerated parents face include: discrimination by the community, loss of jobs which they had got upon release (this is mainly due to rumors from people who do not wish them well and still blame them for the fact they were once in prison), being looked down by family, loss of relatives and friends, loss of their property, among other challenges.

The parents encouraged one another to seek God more through prayer, be empathetic, be more understanding, and communicate more in order to maintain healthy family relationships. They expressed their gratitude for supporting them and their families; “If it were not for Wells of Hope Ministries, I do not know where I and my family would be at the moment. It’s through the sewing skills which my wife acquired that she was able to get a job to support our children and also be able to bring me supplies while I was still in prison. To this very day, she still supports me in taking care of our family,” Hassan (not real name), a formerly incarcerated father said. He encouraged the other parents to be patient and be more understanding with their loved ones.

Creating A Quality Standard Of Living For Children

We are happy to bring to your attention that, on Tuesday, Wells of Hope Ministries in partnership with Preaj was honored to have the Founding Director of Fight Depression and Stress (FIDS) organization, Mrs. Rosemary Wadaki, who is also advocating against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Kenya.

Rosemary gave a talk to all our volunteers at the school on the following areas; how to deal with mental health problem, stress management, child protection laws and cycles of healing.

During the workshop, Madam Judy, Satellite Academy head teacher explained the efforts and strategies the school is employing to promote quality standard of life for the children of imprisoned parents who are being sponsored by Wells of Hope Ministries. She commended Wells of Hope Ministries and Preaj for the support rendered to children with imprisoned parents in Kenya; “Whenever it is possible Wells of Hope Ministries and Preaj continue to offer Christian discipleship, prayer, counseling to the children, their guardians and teachers periodically because doors are open,” she added.

Madam Judy also confirmed that Satellite Academy is well positioned and will continue to provide quality education to children with imprisoned parents in Kenya because it’s their mission to give a quality Christian based learning environment for the greater well-being our pupils.

Promoting Children’s Rights Through The Triangle Model

Yesterday Well of Hope Kenya Coordinator Chrispinus Wafula together with volunteers and Satellite Academy held a meeting to discuss the progress of learners after resuming school; the best way to engage the caregivers and the community on advocating for the rights and privileges of children with parents in prison using Triangle Model.

Chris explained the whole process both the cycles of vulnerability and the Triangle model of the child’s life when the parents are in prison. It’s with joy to report that the training was meant to empower teachers and volunteers on how to deal with emerging challenges associated with imprisonment, mental health and Covid- 19 in school environment and back at home.