The Northeastern Region is pleased to announce our participation in
the Soroptimist matching project. This international project will
enable our local clubs to work together to address the needs of
women and girls in another country.
Our project match for the
2011-2012 fiscal year will be to support and partner with the
Soroptimist Club of Kisumu, Kenya in their effort to provide support
for women inmates, released prisoners and their families. Our region
goal is to raise $2,000 to help support SI of Kisumu. We hope all
ten clubs in the northeastern region will participate. Donations
from club and individuals should be mailed to the region treasurer,
Kathie Lang, 21 Susan Lane, Meriden, CT 06450. Please clearly mark
your check "Donation for Project Match".
We have a status update regarding "Project Match". As of April,
- A $2,000 donation from the Northeastern Region was made
available to the SI Kisumu club on November 2, 2011.
- Approximately $1,500 has been collected to date by six clubs
providing various contribution levels and the proceeds from the
Fall Workshop raffle.
- SI-Kisumu has provided an
of the program with photos.
is available in PDF format.
Complete details of the Soroptimist Club of Kisumu, Kenya project
follow. You can also download to view and/or print the information
about this international project at this
document is in PDF format..
About the Project:
Name of Club : SI Kisumu Region/Union: Kenya
Name of Contact person: Christine Achola
Email Address of Contact Person:
Name of the project: Support for women inmates, released prisoners
and their families
Brief description of the project:
Women are to a great extent the backbone of many families and the
Country at large. It is unfortunate that many women will do anything
and sometimes even engage in criminal activities to put food on the
table for their families. There are 140 women
and 20 children between the ages of 0 and 4 years at any given
time at the prison. Over the years the number of inmates has
increased and their needs are many. This is a project to support
the women inmates and their children with basic needs
such as counseling services, toiletry, food, reading materials,
learning and playing materials for the children, payment of school
for those at home in secondary school, purchase of school uniforms
and providing other school requirements.
The school at the Prison lacks furniture and learning materials. The
requirements are: Purchase of desks - 500 US dollars
Teaching and learning materials - 562.50
Feeding programme - 375
The support for inmates includes basic needs, beddings, food,
Support for inmates with basic needs - 750 US dollars
Total: 2187.50 US Dollars
1. Goals of the project:
The main objective of the project is to support the female inmates,
released prisoners and their children with basic needs.
Goals of the project
the released prisoners on business management
small businesses to generate additional income for released
school uniforms and pay fees for girls in secondary schools
counseling services to inmates once in two months
of food, TV, sports equipment, reading materials, toiletry and other
open days when prisoners can meet with their relatives and friends.
SI Kisumu will provide refreshments and interact with the prisoners
the nursery school for the children who are staying with the inmates
beds, bed linen, crib and crib mattresses.
2. Need project is addressing:
Kodiaga women's prison is in Kisumu District and located in Nyanza
province. It is the second largest prison in Kenya. There is a
greater need to support women inmates and their children and to
integrate released prisoners into society. The prisoners also have a
right to dignity. The aim of following up the released prisoners is
to break the cycle of poverty and reliance on benefits once women
have transitioned from prison to the community.
The majority of the prisoners are illiterate and this could be one
of the reasons for them engaging in crime. Education plays a major
role in reforming inmates, but there is a lack of qualified
teachers, learning materials and desks. Some prisoners now sleep on
the floor since there are not enough mattresses. Inmates are crammed
into small cells, food and drugs are inadequate. The sanitation is
poor leaving prisoners prone to diseases which has resulted in many
State the specific problem that the project is addressing;
The specific problem is lack of basic needs. The project seeks to
address this by providing
support to the women inmates and their children in terms of food,
toiletry, proper hygiene, a
better diet for the children, reading materials, learning materials
for those in nursery school at
the prison; by paying school fees, buying uniforms and providing for
other school requirements for those living at home; and, finally,
providing business loans to those released to enable the women to
have an income by the time they return to their home.
What led your club to initiate this project:
The Club did not have a project on human rights and felt that having
a project with the Kodiaga women's prison would enable us to address
issues on human rights.
The Club believed that prisoners were neglected and some were lonely
without visitors. The Club wanted to start a project to visit the
prisoners, interact with them and offer them sympathy. They have a
right to dignity.
Some of those who were released were not being accepted back into
society. There was a need to assist the released prisoners to be
reintegrated into society and to assist them with an income to start
a new life. The Club recognized the importance of taking children to
school. The children staying at the prison with their mothers range
from 0 to 4 years old. Children start nursery school at age 3 or 4 .
The Club understands that to neglect this age group may result in
lifelong challenges that may include physical and mental incapacity.
Kisumu District has one of the poorest populations and Kodiaga
prison is the second largest prison in Kenya. There is a need to
eliminate poverty through ensuring women's
social and economic right. The government does not provide enough
money to run the prison and to make follow-up visits to released
prisoners. The Club felt that they could assist the released
prisoners in whatever way possible at least once every two months.
Another reason which led the Club to initiate the project was
neglect of female prisoners by
authorities due to poor prioritization of government policies. Also
the conditions the prisoners and their children live in is primative
How will this project benefit women and/or girls?
The girls who are unable to attend secondary school will be assisted
by paying their school fees, purchasing uniforms and helping them
meet other school requirements. Once they graduate they will be able
to assist their families and improve their lives. The Club will have
fulfilled the objective of ensuring equal access to education and
training for women and girls throughout their life span. The
children of the prisoners in the prison will be able to attend
nursery school. This will establish a good foundation for the young
children and break the cycle of generational poverty and illiteracy.
The training will assist the women in making informed decisions, and
having a source of income will help them assist their families
Visiting the prisoners and providing them with personal items will
enable them to go through their term at the prison with a more
relaxed mind just knowing that there are people who care about them.
By providing the women with a chance to be educated they will have
the opportunity to have a career in the future.
3. Methods of implementing the project: Describe the specific
activities that your club will undertake to achieve the goals of the
The specific activities the Club will undertake to achieve the goals
of the project are:
Providing counseling services once in two months
Visiting the inmates and providing them with personal items
Organizing open days on a quarterly basis when prisoners visit
with relatives and friends,
providing refreshments and interacting with them on such days
Attending events like Women's day (8th March),
sports day, the beauty contest (every
August) and assisting to provide prizes and other requirements
they might need.
Providing children with a better diet and items needed for the
Providing teaching and learning materials and equipment to women
Who is responsible for the activities?
The Club will be responsible for the activities with the help of
donations the Club will have received.
Where will the project be implemented ?
The project will be implemented at Kodiaga women's prison in Kisumu
district, Nyanza province in Kenya
4. Expected Outcomes: Describe specific, measurable outcome(s) of
The measurable outcome will be the number of women, girls and
children who will have benefited from the project; the number of
released prisoners who will re-join the community and are able to
establish businesses by applying the skills they learned while in
For the children early intervention result in tangible and
measurable returns as a preventive measure.
Describe the outcome or impact of the project on the target group
The girls will be able to gain an education after graduating from
secondary school. They will be able to proceed to college, obtain
employment and become responsible citizens contributing to the
The children in the nursery would have an improved foundation in
health and education which is necessary for children at that age.
Early intervention achieves the maximum impact for young children to
develop their mental and psychosocial abilities at the right
The released prisoners will have a source of income and this will
enable them to provide for themselves and their families and have a
Include how many people will be impacted?
Over 300 women
Over 30 girls
Describe how the project can contribute to the well-being of the
The released prisoners will be able to integrate into the society
and they will be accepted. The community will then live in peace and
The skills acquired from prison will assist them set up business.
They will then have a source of income which will help them better
their community and their living standard and well being of the
community will improve.
The children from the nursery will achieve the maximum impact for
young children to develop their mental and psycho social abilities
at the right development stage. This education they receive will
offer them a good foundation and they will be able to continue with
their education once they leave the prison and this will contribute
to the benefit of the community.
What will be the involvement of women and girls in the execution and
The women will be involved in that they were involved and consulted
before the project was initiated and during the implementation
stage. They will also be involved in the follow-ups since the club
would be interested to know the outcome of the beneficiaries of the
Will the club be partnering with other
Please list all other organizations involved in the project and
describe the role that they will play.
Government Department – District Agriculture Office and District
To provide expertise, advise and extension services on poultry,
goat rearing and crop production
SI Toronto, Canada
Has been providing funds for purchase of basic needs of the
prisoners and their children
Promotion of Private Sector Development in Agriculture (PSDA)
This is an NGO who will offer expertise and advise and assist in
Communication will be ensured by the Club President and the contact
How will you evaluate the success of the
The success of the project will be evaluated by the number of the
beneficiaries of the project. The club will be responsible for the
Please describe when, how and what you will evaluate.
The evaluation will be done through holding club meetings and
discussing the progress of the implementation of the project and
even after the project is completed. Evaluation will be done by the
club, writing and sending of reports to the union, federation and
The progress, success and failure of the project will be evaluated.
Evaluation will be on quarterly basis and all stages will be
How the project be sustained:
The project will be sustained through income generating activities
which will have been introduced. The prisoners will engage in income
generating activities such as salon, poultry, dairy goat and other
activities that will generate money. The proceeds generated from
these activities will be ploughed back to the project to ensure the
project continues to assist others in future.
What Role will the club play in ongoing support and monitoring of
Monitoring of the project will be done by the club and the union and
the club will ensure the funds or donations solicited from donors
are used for what it was intended for and according to the budget in
The club will continue providing the basic needs of the prisoners
from their account.
Yes the club and the union will continue to monitor the project even
What will you do with the information that you found?
Please include an itemized budget for the project. The budget items
must be fully itemized.
Amount in US Dollars
Total Cost(Per Year)
Amount in US Dollars
Nursery School (20 children)
Purchase of desks and chairs
Teaching & Learning materials per term
Feeding programme per term
Education Support to 10 Girls
Tuition fees per year
Purchase of uniforms twice in four years
Support programme for in-mates
(once in two months)
Workshop for 2 days
for 20 participants
Charge includes Buffet lunch, soda, 2 tea/coffee with snacks, 2
mineral water per day, writing paper and pen, flip chart, felt
pens @ 15
Hire of LCD projector @ 50 per day
4 Facilitators per day @ 62.50
Photocopying services @ 25
Income Generating Activities
Equipment for salon
Dairy goat (3 males & 3 females