In Nakasongola prison, the mothers went running towards their children and hugged them like it was the first time the inmates were seeing them. One of parents said; “every time I see my child coming to visit me, it’s like my first time and I treasure this day like gold because I know I will not see her until Wells Of Hope Ministries brings her, I am really grateful for what you do for us, I am happy to see my child.”
In Murchison bay, two children visited their father for the very first time since he was imprisoned. The father was really happy to his children because it had been years since he last saw his children.
As always prior to the prison visit, the parents had prepared a lovely meal which they shared with their children.
In Nakasongola prison, it was raining which caused the parents bring sweaters and blankets for their children to cover up for warmth. This showed that despite being in prison, they did not neglect their parental responsibility. Due to the coldness, the parents served warm tea and eatables to the children in order to get warm, while others like Marias’ mother, cuddled her in her arms for Marias to feel warm. It was such an amazing moment seeing the children bonding with their parents in prison.
The teachers updated the parents about the children's academic progress which amazed the parents because their children were progressing well in academics. Children gave letters to their parents in prison who read them and were filled with joy. For example, in Kitalya prison, Ibiau Jenifer Mary, 6 years old presented a letter to her father; Florence Kyakuwa, one of the prison officers was moved to tears by the action and said “wow! It is amazing for me to see that this little girl can write a letter to her father, God bless you Wells of Hope for what you are doing for these children.” It was a day filled with happiness as the parents gladly introduced their children to officers who were very amazed at what Wells of Hope does for prisoners and their children.
Some of the highlights included:
Vivian 14 years in senior two was glad to meet her dad; because she was joining senior three the following year, she discussed with her dad on which subjects to proceed with (specialize in) to the next level.
Derrick and Janet’s father was seen carrying them on his laps as he engaged them in conversations. Rehema’s father was excited to see her and he had made some crafts which he gave her. As they talked he encouraged her to continue speaking English.
Children who visited their parents in Nakasongola prison sang and danced for their parents which attracted all the inmates and Officers in Charge to come and attend the wonderful presentation from the children. The entertainment was overwhelming that the other inmates joined in, clapped and drummed as the children sang.
Parents were very grateful for the visit: Sam, Jenifer and Daniel’s father said “thank you for bringing my children to see me; you do not how happy I am! God bless you for taking care of my children.”
As always, despite the fact that the parents are in prison, they provided eatables and scholastic materials like books; this showed responsibility for their children.
The visit was successful because the children were able to visit their parents. We thank all our friends who supported us so that this day comes to a success.