Inauguration of a project to support detained women (Oromia)
The Ambassador of France to Ethiopia, Brigitte Collet, visited on May 31st 2016, Adama (Nazret) in Oromia region, to inaugurate a project funded by the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and implemented by the NGO Justice For All - Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (JFA-PFE). She was accompanied by Pastor Daniel Guebre Selassie, president of JFA-PFE, and the Commissioner of the penitentiary administration of the Oromia region.
The project entitled Support to women inmates of Adama Prison by means of income-generating activities, entails to improve the conditions of detention of women prisoners by providing them vocational training (entrepreneurship, hairdressing, sewing, cooking ...) and allowing them access to income from selling of products of small grocery stores and restaurants. Organized in co-op, they have savings collectively and individually. The project limits idleness in prison while allowing them to regain confidence, improve their quality of life in prison and their chances of reintegration when released back to the community.
Within this framework, a building housing a mill, recently acquired was inaugurated. This mill should facilitate the transformation and restoration activities and continue to improve their income. Certificates for participating trainees were handed over by the Ambassador to the nineteen beneficiary women. The opening day concluded with a lunch prepared and offered by women involved in this project.
During her speech, the Ambassador praised the commitment and work of JFA-PFE and the involvement of the penitentiary administration in the success of this project. She also congratulated the project beneficiaries who were particularly dynamic and committed.
On their part, the beneficiaries, stressed the positive impact of the project on their everyday lives within the prison, as well as social reintegration prospects when released, thanks to the training they have attended and realized benefit.