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Malindi prison gets greenhouse

08 March 2012, 13:14 Alloys Musyoka

A non-governmental organization has donated a green house for agricultural activities and three sewing machines for use by women prisoners in Malindi prison as they continue to serve their jail terms on Wednesday.

The Italian organization, Onlus Foundation's President Jian Franco in collaboration with Malindi Red Cross Society donated the green house to Mtangani women prison.

Franco said the green house will among other things help the prisoners to cultivate varieties of crops which can be used by the prisoners as they learn different skills in the process.

“We want to equip them so that when they go out they can be able to depend on themselves," Franco said.

The donation he said is mainly directed to over 45 women prisoners serving their jail terms at the government prison in Malindi.

Onlus, Franco said was mainly focused on helping the prisoners particularly in agriculture, which he noted was an important tool in development.

He said the organization spent 50 million in agriculture and health services projects in Malindi district each year.

Franco added that some of the prisoners have children who needed medical care and that is why they came up with the three to four months health services program in the prison.

Already he noted that the organization had spent KES. 0.5 million is purchasing three sewing machines which are currently being used by prisoners in the prison as well as health services conducted after every three to four months.

“We have medical services conducted at the prison in every three to four months and we have provided with them three sewing machines,” he noted.

Franco said with the sewing machines prisoners will be able to equip themselves so that on completing their jail term they can have something to depend on outside there.

He urged prisoners to make use of the sewing machines and the green house which they have been provided with at the prison.

“You will not be here for life so make use of these services and equipment’s we give to you. When you go out you will be equipped and able to depend on yourself,” he said as he addressed prisoners.

Salome Wanjiku Chief officer in charge of the women's prison in Malindi thanked the organization and called for more donations in order to help the prisoners more.

Wanjiku said that the prisoners needed mental guiding and counseling services which they were offering without any counseling training.

Diseases treated at the prison during health service offered by the organization, she said were respiratory problems, HIV Aids and minor diseases among others.

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