This connection between us and the divine Consoler is to me of utmost importance. Faraja should totally rely on the ‘Helper’ that Jesus promised us and who will remain with us until the end (Jn.14, 16).
During the 1980s and 1990s, Fr. Peter was a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery, Thika Road (Ruaraka), next to Mathare Valley, and thus he not only worked with refugees, but with poor Kenyans, especially young people struggling to go through secondary education. For this purpose, he set up a scholarship programme for boys and girls of poor families.
One day he was asked to search for refugees in the city’s men’s and women’s prisons, at Nairobi Remand and Allocation Prison and Lang’ata Women’s Prison, and visiting them he realized how brutal and inhuman living conditions were in these punitive institutions. At once he applied for a prison chaplaincy, and within a week he was officially employed in this capacity, in December 1999. This new ministry became increasingly Faraja’s core project.
Still, in 1999, he bought a property in Nairobi South B, accommodated over a dozen young refugees, and sent them to the city for professional training of their own choice. This real estate called ‘Faraja Court’ eventually became Faraja’s headquarters. Slowly, but steadily, Faraja turned from a one-man undertaking into a highly professional charitable organization, Faraja, with social workers, psychological counselors, an ICT expert, and administrators.
Through this Voices Book, we would not only like to present to you a comprehensive picture of what Faraja does and stands for but also to introduce to you some of the faces who are a real testimony of the impact we have had in the society and the world at large. On the following pages, you will read from some of the many people who have benefitted from our Capacity Development Projects, Community Adaptation Projects, and Human Rights and Advocacy Projects. Looking ahead, the Foundation in its current strategic plan dispensation aspires to become a case-oriented capacity-building organization, focusing on the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders and children in conflict with the law.
About Faraja Foundationn
All about helping others
Faraja Foundation is non-profit organization registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2011 but was previously a social intervention implementing department of Faraja Trust founded by Fr. Peter Meienberg and registered in 1999. The organization has an independent 3-member Board of Directors who are responsible for policy formulation and governance. The day to day operations and management is carried out by the secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer assisted by the Programs Coordinator. The organization has permanent counselors and social workers, complemented by a Finance and Administration Office and a Support Office. We are further assisted by a pool of other professionals on call for trainings and counseling services should there be need for additional manpower.
The organization has partnered with the correctional facilities since 2002 to create conducive environment for offender rehabilitation and reformation and other correctional facilities to ensure safe, peaceful and dignified communities by taking part in enhanced Human Rights normalization programs.
We create conducive environment for offender rehabilitation
What we do
The Foundation's Rallying Call
Working with former inmates needs compassion. You must not be filled with pity but think positively. This person can be useful. If he or she has made a mistake, they have paid for it and now needs another chance. I would like to appeal to you, whenever you see an organization such as Faraja Foundation working for the rehabilitation of prisoners, support them
Faraja Foundation dwells in the rights priorities; vulnerable groups, women, youth, prisoners and especially prison conditions.
There is a lot to be done within the Kenya Prisons Service and we need all the support to enable inmates to live a meaningful life while in Prison.