COMMUNITY ADAPTATION PROJECTS (CAP)
The focus of the Community Adaptation Projects (CAP) is the effective
reintegration of offenders back into society. The interventions are
intended to address the incompatibility between the released offenders
and the host community that leads to unwarranted loss of life and
Reintegration or returning to the community as a reformed person that
can contribute positively should be one of the most important results of
imprisonment and rehabilitation. Offender reintegration encompasses
all activities and programming conducted to prepare an offender or
children in conflict with the law to return safely to the community and
live as a law- abiding citizen.
Since inception of the Faraja Foundation, we have been helping
in transition and reintegration of ex- offenders, children in conflict with
the law, assisting refugees to either start their lives in the country or
assist those that were able to get resettlement to other countries. Most of the support has been through education, business skills
training and basic business startup support, counseling, mentorship,
mediation among others.
The Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Response (HASER)
thematic area has been used to cushion families of offenders against
adverse effects of the criminal justice process and remains a key
support project by Faraja Foundation.
To facilitate successful family and community re-entry for the ex-offenders and children in conflict with the law
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Cushioning the families of offenders against adverse effects of criminal justice process has been and will remain a key support project by Faraja Foundation. Besides offender support the Foundation extends its compassion to the less fortunate in the society as well.
Objective: Reduce human suffering among deserving offenders’ families and the less fortunate in the society
- Case Assessment
- Conflict resolution
- Provide material support
- Provision of psychosocial support including education scholarship to children of inmates
- Follow up
- Enhanced coping mechanisms.
- Beneficiaries engaged in gainful activities
- Temporally relieve from physical and psychological trauma, stress, and pain
Over the past 19 years, Faraja foundation through the scholarship program has benefited over 5000 students from correctional facilities and generally poor Kenyan families to access secondary education and vocational training. Out of these numbers that have been supported through secondary education, over 3000 have qualified to join public universities and over 2000 were sponsored to join vocational training institutions. Currently there are 95 students in the scholarship program; 63 in Secondary schools, and 32 in Vocational Training Institutions.
Kenya is one of the countries that still struggle to have all its school going children in classrooms. The centralization of business affairs in Kenya’s capital -Nairobi has promoted rural – urban migration that has seen the emergence of informal settlements within the city. This has led to the establishment of many families most of whom have been born and bred there. For some this is all they call home. Most of these families can hardly cater for the most basic needs including education for their children. They are either school dropouts or have never acquired any formal education.
This project aims at enhancing child rights, securing the future of the juveniles by bridging the inequality gap by giving opportunities for education scholarships, reintegration and continuous mentorships. Through working with the legal, human rights and social welfare officers in the correctional services and children departments.
In Kenya, there are over 30 juvenile detention centers that house children below 18 years, who have committed offences ranging from habitual truancy to assault that are committed by courts. Juvenile detention centers are secure facilities where the children are separated from society for a maximum period of 3 years.
In the recent past, Faraja Foundation has shifted focus to the youths in the rehabilitation institutions by engaging in behavioral interventions, psycho-social support among others. These institutions provide shelter to over 3000 youth. While in the institutions, the youth are provided with basic primary education and vocational trainings.
Many of these youth that leave the institutions are faced with financial challenges and cannot continue with secondary education due to their constrained economic backgrounds. Faraja Foundation’s agenda is to support them through education and reintegrate them back to the society.
We are looking into another phase to support 250 Youth from Juvenile Justice System by targeting our audience to raise KES 50 Million to support these youth wholistically.
Objective: To facilitate successful community re-entry of ex-offenders, youth, and children per year
- Provide transport to the released offender from jail to home on a case by case basis.
- Support the ex-offender with temporary accommodation
- Equip the released offender with business start-up support
- Linkage with potential employers
- Referrals or linking ex-offenders to support groups and other service providers
- Provide scholarship to deserving ex-offenders and youth to pursue vocational training or secondary education
- Follow up for sustained reintegration
- Improved self-esteem
- Financial independence
- Reduced risk of re-offending and recidivism
- Improved social networks
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