be meeting their fathers on death row for the first time. Normally it is a great time that cannot easily be described, you would need to be there to see first hand, its magical , its glorious and a great meeting. Children visit their parents 3 times a year.
On Tuesday 2nd July 2013, Marjorie our Outreach Coordinator visited the Parents on death row for a pre-visit meeting. The Death row inmates raised some concerns in the meeting, here below are some key issues.
Firstly they are requesting for separate days on which to visited by older and younger children especially for those who have 2 or 3 children with us. They would want to speak to the older children separately in the absence of the young ones.. This would depend on funds available and permission granted by the authorities.
They would want a bigger space where they can play with the children, sing with them. they also would want a visit when they caretakers are also involved, in such a visit the caretakers will also be available when we take the children to prison.
They want more time to be accorded to the visit at least 2 hours.The last time they were able to have a longer time with their children because it rained during the visit and the prison officers could not move them back to the cells when it was raining so this worked to the advantage of the children and their parents . They are worried that in case it does not rain this time, the visit will be shortened. All this is not within the control of Wells of Hope,it is the prison authorities.
They also need photographs with their children during the visit so that they can have a glance of these photos during the four month interval before they are visited again by their children.
They also suggested that we take their children to local charities like Sanyu babies home so that they develop a heart to help others.
During the visits they look at their children’s school reports, eat together, among other issues .The cost for children visiting their parents has become more expensive because recently some parents were transferred to far prisons we will now need USD 360 to go to three different prisons. The visitation is on 18th July 2013.