GMA Napoli, encouraged by its positive experiences with the Women’s Promotion Centers in Shashamane and Meki, has replicated the same project from within the female prison of Shashamane with the goal of restoring a measure of dignity and hope to these women through jobs in handicrafts (weaving, embroidery, wicker work, and sewing).
In addition to training, we offer literacy programs as well as schooling for the children who are detained along with their mothers through no fault of their own.
Let’s help these mothers... Let’s help these children !!!
The female division of the Shashamane prison houses approximately 100 inmates together with about 30 of their children. The incarceration is the result of both small and large scale crimes. For many years now, GMA Napoli has worked closely with the sisters of the “C. De Foucauld” congregation in taking care of these women who, even within that context, are considered to be the dregs of society. So many stories of their redemption and consequent reintegration into the community make us want to continue along this path, and we really can’t abandon Sister Maria Pia and Sister Sara to deal with this alone.
How do we work within the Center ?
We provide tools, literacy programs and work: indispensable elements for social and economic reintegration. A nursery school for children of pre-school age (less than 6 years old) permits the children of the inmates to prepare themselves for the future. We have managed throughout the years to also place older children, accompanied by a guard, in an elementary school located outside the prison grounds. This helps to maintain the mother-child relationship, and at the same time, to prepare them one day for a less traumatic reintegration into the community.
GMA Napoli bears the costs:
The female inmates and their children
Family members of the female inmates and the local community
15.000€ for wages and salaries of trainers and teachers, purchase of consumables (sewing machines, various equipment, and food) and microcredits
N.B. All of the proceeds and donations from GMA Napoli’s Solidarity Shop will go towards this project.