Children and Juvenile Offenders
FGWP gives special attention to Juvenile offenders that are found in the three Borstal institutions; Shikusa Borstal Institution in Kakamega, Shimo la Tewa Borstal institution in Mombasa and Kamae Girls in Nairobi. These institutions hold young offenders between the age of 15 and 18 years for a period of 3 years. During the reform tenure of the program, the young offenders receive formal education as well as vocational training in carpentry, masonry, mechanic, plumbing, metal work, catering, bead work, dressmaking, and hair and beauty skills and many others to enable them have a trade-able skill once they are reinstated back into society.
In addition to the three Borstal Institutions, we have a Youth Correctional Training Centre (YCTC) in Kamiti. The Centre admits adults over 18 years but below 21 years who serve a maximum sentence of 4 months practicing vocational training.
The offenders in these institutions are convicted for various crimes ranging from robbery with violence, murder, rape, theft by servant among others.
To support this Fr Grol’s Welfare Project give stationery, such as exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, mathematical sets and text books to help them in learning as well as give training materials for technical courses such as carpentry tools, mechanic, plumbing, masonry, barber kits, sewing materials, knitting materials, shampoo and jelly for training in beauty skills.
Apart from supporting the juvenile offenders undergo education and training, we also have volunteer professional counsellors who visit the institutions regularly to offer counselling services. They cover a wide range of topics that include; Drug abuse, Self-esteem, Psycho education, talents and gifts from God, self-reliance, anger control, self-appreciation, cleanliness & maintenance, Responsible citizenship, community participation, sexuality and HIV/Aids. During these sessions we also supply them with basic needs like tissue paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, sanitary towels, slippers, undergarments, jelly and sports equipment to enable them play and reduce boredom and monotony of prison life.
In women prison stations we also have children below the age of 4 years accompanying their mothers. Some of these children are born in prison for mothers who get sentenced when pregnant and others come with the children. When the children attain the age of 4 they are given to family members or taken to an orphanage. FGWP supports these children by giving them clothes, shoes, toys, jelly, diapers among many other items.