Report about children’s visitation to Luzira Women Prison
At women prison we were warmly welcomed in, then we presented our permission to the Officer in charge who ushered us in and gave us a room to sit as they went to bring the mothers. The kids anxiously waited for their mothers, we waited like for 20 minutes since the mothers were still preparing eats for their children but the kids could not stop looking out to see if their mothers were coming, Okeny Denis was the first to see his mother and shouted, ”See, see, my mother is there coming.”By the look at his face you could see that he is excited, and they all got up and began shouting and jumping as their mothers drew near, this was the most exciting moment when the mothers saw their kids happily waiting for them, they hugged them, carried them on their laps which took like 5mins. After they gave them the food they had prepared for them i.e. Rice, Irish potatoes and chapatti’s as the kids gave the letters they had bought for them, Promise had made a ribbon and some earrings for the mother and she put them on her mother which made her call every one to see what the daughter had made.
After some 40mins we were made to shift to another room since it was a general visitation day and that room was going to be used by other guests who had come to see their relatives and friends. . Lillian, Vicestia and Estien their mothers had made clothes for them which greatly excited them and they ran out to put them on for us to see. As we walked out our driver was already waiting for us and the kids from women called their fellow kids from upper prison to come and meet their mothers. We spent like two and half hours and this was a day to remember for the kids their parents and the officers. As we were leaving one of the officers’ gave some money to Nassasi Vivian.
We reached the Prison gates early enough and we were not given any hard time to get inside the Prison. The officer in charge gave our pupils the first priority to see their parents since it was a visitor’s day and other visitors had to come in to see the inmates. Since the kids were many we bought them in 2 shifts and those who came in the first lot interacted with their parents and those that came in second shift had difficulties to see their parents since they had already allowed other visitors to come in.
In upper prison we have 2 sections that is Boma and the condemned section, the children who went to the condemn section interacted with their parents though they were given very little time but the parents were so grateful for this opportunity that was given to them, some carried their kids, ate with them, read scriptures with them and gave out some gifts to them and also gave them messages to take to their relatives when they go back home, for instance Nabulondera Betty ‘s daddy who is rarely visited gave a stick to his daughter to take to the grandfather who is in his old age and asked to deliver it well to the grandfather because he had worked a lot to save 10,000 that bought the stick.
Those children who had their parents in Boma were also privileged to see their parents and it made a great impact to them, they couldn’t wait for their parents to come and when they came the kids run to hug their them, they also ate with them, and some parents counseled their children (playing the role of a parent)
We had only one kid Akullu Phoina whose father is in Murcishon bay and she too got the chance to see the father, who was very happy .They sat down like for 20 minutes and they shared together.
JINJA MAIN PRISON ON 18/11/2010
The children were accompanied by a team of volunteers who were Florence, Prisca and Boniface, They left at around 8:30 in the morning and by 11:30 they had reached, the welfare officer of Jinja main prison warmly welcomed them ,introduced them to the deputy of the station and then led them to a room were they were to meet their parents [ inmates] from, the inmates were called in and by the time they came the children were very ready for them , the children were very happy to see their parents and the whole place was full of joy because there was hanging , screaming ,parents were carrying their children to the point that even the officers who were forced to come in and watch parents and children having a wonderful time with each other with they discussed about their families ,they had stories to tell each other.
A big number of children where given gifts by their parents like Mustafa, Aminu, Agono, they also had interactions with the parents of the children who appreciated us for the work we are doing for them and their children and their message was that they are praying for us as it’s the only thing they can do
Impact for the visit
* Some of the parents played the role parents for instance Lillian’s counseled her about how she can cope up with the changes that she was under going, to tell their children that they are proud of them and that they are going to grow to be good people
* Both the kids and the parents felt very happy which increased on their bound, and this could be seen by the looks at their faces’ the kids felt loved and they gave them gifts for Christmas
* The weather was not good since it had rained
* Transport problem which made some of the children to see their parents through the net
* There were a lot of activities within prison on the same day of our visit and this limited on the time the children saw their parents since it was the general visitation day and some were sitting their exams
We should keep on taking these children to visit their parents as it builds on their bond and to some it’s the only opportunity that they have to see their parents.
We should also come up with other tours for these children such as visiting the zoo, air port, the Uganda museum