PRAI organizes Post-Prison Release Assessment program for Ex-Inmates

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prisoner’s Right Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) an NGO with its cardinal focus on Advocacy, Legal Defence, Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration, has over the years secured the release of hundreds of inmates, organized educational and empowerment programs for inmates as well as advocacy campaigns for the rights of prisoners. PRAI have taken another step in furtherance of its integration efforts by organizing a post – prison release assessment program for ex-convicts and ex-awaiting trials persons. This novel event is aimed at following up on the ex-inmates to find out how they are coping with life after prison and provide psychological, medical and financial support where necessary. The overall aim of the program is to ensure that ex-inmates stay out of prison forever. There were mentors, counselors and entrepreneurs on ground to guide and inspire this participants, there was also a on one on one engagement and counseling sessions with the 12 ex-inmates present.

Mr. Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, the Founder and Executive Director of PRAI encouraged participants to tell their story without the fear of stigma. He said, it is only when they tell their stories that people can support them. Participants shared their stories and media houses like BBC, TVC and Sahara reporters were available to document many of these stories.

TVC presenter @akashatnymat shared tips on how they can cope and move on in life. She said, “We face problems and trials for a reason and those trials are there to make us and not to break us”. She urged them to stay positive, and get something doing, even if it is starting small. “When people want to support you, they need to see how you have supported yourself”, she said.

A one on one counseling session followed where participants shared their challenges, progress and aspirations. Experts advised them on their family life, business and how they can cope with stigmatization. They were mentored on how they can start and and scale their businesses. On ground were representatives of organizations who will be providing them with grants and job opportunities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1568665383488-5efec51a-3771-3″ include=”4333,4334,4335,4336,4337,4338″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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