Helping inmates and their families cope with imprisonment and HIV & AIDS
Parental imprisonment has diverse effects to inmates and their families especially to those living with HIV & AIDS; inmates live in worry for their families they left behind and the families live in worry for their loved ones behind bars. They (the families) are also stigmatized in their communities. Through its interventions, Wells of Hope aims at helping inmates and their families cope with imprisonment and HIV & AIDS.
Training of trainers
In partnership with Uganda Prison Service (UPS), Wells of Hope conducts HIV/AIDS training in Luzira Prison. The organisation trains HIV counselors who comprise dormitory/cell leaders, religious leaders and leaders of all main groups. The main aim of the trainings is to equip leaders with HIV& AIDS updates, prevention and care measures which they in turn share with other inmates.
These are heldonce in three months; and are aimed at enhancing Family Bonding. In partnership with Uganda Prisons Service, Wells of Hope facilitates the children to visit their parents. The organisation currently works with 6 prisons that include: Upper Prison Luzira, Murchison Bay prison, Women prison Luzira, Nakasongola prison, Jinja Prison and Kitalya prison.
HIV & AIDS TRAINING & COUNSELING FOR families of inmates
When a breadwinner is imprisoned, the family left behind suffers, especially families living with HIV & AIDS.Through workshops, the children and caregivers are able to cope with parental imprisonment or cope with having a loved one in prison and with HIV & AIDS.
Having HIV is not a death sentence
Jane (not real name)
Helping children to cope with parental imprisonment. They are equipped and empowered with life skills to be good citizens and to be change agents in the communities they come from.
FAMILY BASED CARE PROJECT
The project aims at ensuring that children with a parent in prison are raised in families. This is done through Family Strengthening, Family Reunification and Foster Care
WELLS OF HOPE WOMEN SAFE HOME
The home provides temporary shelter to women that are being released from incarceration but cannot immediately return to their communities