Once a week we will visit the women’s prison in Soroti. We buy flour, sugar, and soap for the prisoners who have children. When a woman goes to prison and her children are under 2 years old, the children will come with her. In other cases the women are already pregnant when they go to jail. She will give birth inside the prison. The baby will stay with here while she remains in lockup.
Those women do not get extra care. That is why it is necessary that we stop by to provide them in some small but vital needs.
We will ask the mothers how they are and how the children are doing. We focus mainly on the children. They are missing out on so many things in their lives. A couple of years ago we were able to build them a little playground in the prison garden.
When the children are old enough it is possible for them to go to school. The school fees and transportation are something the women cannot afford. So we look if there is money for it. First we take a good look at the mother and child’s situation. If she still has a long time ahead of her, we can arrange something so her child can go to school. That way he or she still has the opportunity to make something of its life. For the children this is quite an experience because they have never seen life outside of the prison.