The Advisory Committee will provide support to the creation of the Guide. The members expressed their delight about the idea and expressed their willingness to create the guide as well as offering any support related to the Reentry. The AC comprises members of the Uganda Prisons Service, Religious leaders, formerly incarcerated people, relatives of currently incarcerated people and representatives of social service organizations.
Rebecca held a meeting with formerly incarcerated individuals about the need for a national reentry guide and what they would like to see in it. Most shared about how they felt isolated and highly vulnerable. They shared about how they still face stigma in the communities they used to stay; and how difficult it is for them to meet as they did that day. There's suspicion and lack of structure to support continued communication, not to mention difficulty in locating one another in the first place. In prison, there’s no form of communication with the outside world except through visits from relatives or friends. We learnt that some of them even feared to accept the invitation to attend the meeting; in suspicion that they'd be arrested and sent back to prison if they showed up. However, because of the trust they have developed in Wells of Hope, they made it to the venue. "If the meeting had been called by anybody other than Wells of Hope, I wouldn't have come," one explained. We are delighted that they decided to continue meeting on their own and form an organization of formerly incarcerated people in Uganda.
We thank Rebecca for this initiative of coming up with a guide to help inmates and formerly incarcerated individuals in Uganda to reintegrate in the community. We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone she worked with to make the trip a success.
We thank all the members of the Advisory Committee for their support.