After-Care / Re-Integration
In yester years, employment possibilities to the ex-offenders were limited due to lack of skills and a criminal record. To ensure this is not the case, Fr. Grol’s Welfare Project encourages and provides training materials for technical and vocational training in the prisons. In addition, we have a team of qualified counsellors who talk to both the inmates and the ex-offenders on ways of positive living as a reformed person and re-integrating back to the community.
We extend our services beyond the prison. We ensure that we support the ex-prisoners who undergo vocational training with basic workshop tools for use when out of prison as a start-up capital to assist them set up their own small business in order to support themselves and their families.
The ex-inmates receive tools to help them start their own businesses in respect to the trainings that they undergo while in prison. Most of the tools that they are given include carpentry tools, sewing machines, masonry tools, metal welding tools, mechanical tools, knitting machines among many others. Most of these tools are donated by Tools to Work, a Dutch organization that supports us with refurbished quality second hand tools.
The Trust conducts a follow up exercise to establish and evaluate the progress being made by the ex-convicts who receive the tools. This exercise is aimed at encouraging the ex-convicts to continue engaging in constructive work that will yield more fruits, keep them busy and help them support themselves and their families.
Through this exercise the Trust has been able to network with these ex-convicts and create a strong relationship and this has greatly reduced their chances of re-offending.