The aim of Alight Zimbabwe Trust and FEMPRIST is to assist female prisoners in Zimbabwe with sanitary material, inspire and motivate them to gain confidence and aspire to unleash their potential and contribute to the well-being of their family and communities. Women in prisons are actually sidelined when it comes to project implementations they are at the tail end of each activity. Their healthy status is overlooked. Therefore it is against this background Alight Zimbabwe Trust has decided to join hands and advocate for these women’s health. This project will empower female prisoners and give them a better chance of survival.
Why we care:
Societal Perceptions are that it is unethical for women to commit crimes that sent them to prison. The social connotation of this is the biggest impediment to women who are in prison. The funds from this project will enable these women to build their spirit, dedication and enthusiasm.
What is the issues or problems?
Women in prison have gender-specific Health care needs that may be overlooked because they make a small percentage of the prison population. They have remained a marginalized group even after release. Stigmatization has become a factor that impedes their personal development. Buying sanitary material to improve their health conditions is out of their reach.
The next step is to begin a distribution of sanitary material in two prisons in Mid- Masvingo Zimbabwe. Distribute female hygiene products and information materials. Conduct meetings with female prisoners to discuss their social challenges, offer solutions and share knowledge. With your support Alight Zimbabwe Trust will provide appropriate guidance and counseling services. Project facilitators will be chosen with the assistance of Female Prisoners Support Trust. Once doing field work, we know we will have many compelling stories, images to share with you drawing you closer to the work you helped possible. You can also follow along on our website (http://www.alightzimbabwetrust.org/) or following FEMPRIST on facebook.
How this Project will solve problem
To break the cycles of destructive societal perceptions against female prisoners, mediation is going to be implemented in partnership with Female Prisoners Support Trust. Sanitary material and health related information will be given to these females, three months of their stay in prison and three months after their release.
Other ways you can help
Some cannot help with money right now, but you can surely help in other ways; such as helping using build local network by connecting us to people you know through facebook, email or twitter. We’re in this together, through your generosity to this important endeavor to help build dreams for female prisoners in Zimbabwe. We won’t miss a single opportunity to demonstrate how important your support is by sharing with you the stories of those you’re helping.