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Organized by: Kelvin Nyaga

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I was introduced to this guy in Kenya who is very passionate with inmates. He intends to make a difference in that he eliminates the tendency of inmates becoming jail birds and keeping on committing crimes and thus always going back to prison. i found the idea practical because i accompanied him to prison in several of his sessions where he interacted with inmates and asked them reasons for being in prison, if their friends and relatives visited them. i was amazed to learn that there were those who never saw a visitor for over 20 years. as a result the inmate was very angry with the loved ones and he felt better in prison than being in the communities. so one approach i found amazing was that this friend of mine actually traced the relatives and friends and learnt the shortcomings that led to failed visits. the most common reason was that they could not even afford the fare to prison to see their beloved. it is heartbreaking what happens when families live below a dollar a day. the visits needed money in that at times even the most basic necessities were unavailabe such as soap and toilet paper and he had to buy these items even with his limited resources. if we can support this course, then social integration and reconciliation will be likely in the the many prisons he visits. with time this effort will be amplified even to other prisons in kenya.

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