Is it their fault that someone from their family is in jail?
“Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right.”
Children are like flowers that blossom in the garden of God and are the harbingers of eternal joy to all those around. They are the future citizens; it is therefore the responsibility of every society to ensure that all their children are given equals opportunity for growth and development. This will help them to grow up into responsible and productive citizen.
It is therefore important for us as a society to create a harmonious environment for our present and future generations and give them an equal platform. We at S.V.C.T undertake the responsibility of the Unseen and Unheard- children of Prisoners.
Let’s not punish them for circumstances beyond their control and something they are not responsible for.
- To make education and medical aid available to the families of marginalized and underprivileged jail inmates.
- Empower young children to chose and embrace a healthy, active lifestyle under the guidance of expert mentors
- Help them develop self worth and life skills through educational and interactional sessions.
How do we do it?
We create a data base of all the children followed by series of inspections of the families of jail inmates who have either directly approached us through Jail welfare officer or by the parent outside the jail; upon selection we provide them educational and medical help.
The trust is focusing on continuation of education of the children of prisoners in their institutions and in the same social environment to ensure their proper emotional and educational development. This is a major cause of worry for most of the prisoners as in many cases the education is disrupted and children get drawn towards crime being at the fringe of normal society. This is a stupendous task in itself as the requests for support are being received in increasing numbers each day passing
We conduct several facilitation sessions (Career / Life Skills/Drug/ alcohol/ Education/ Mentoring/ Health/ Mental Health Support/ Nutrition / Diet), counselling sessions and medical camps for them on regular basis
In case the family member in jail in the sole bread winner of the family, we provide adequate job opportunities and professional training along with valid certificates to another family member.
It has been reported that there is a risk of children of imprisoned females to develop criminal behaviour and Parental conviction can be a reason for the children’s disruptive behaviour which can lead them into drugs/ alcohol and other physical/mental abuses therefore, Education is the only tool that can help us save a future.
Therefore, educational support to the children is the most important task that the trust is carrying out. Promising students are supported for their preparation for higher studies as well. Special coaching is also supported in such cases. Career counselling is one of the important features of the support programme as finding an appropriate career path and guidance is critical for these children.