Campaign Update

Our Inmates at Bamenda prison have become productive!

Sophie Ngassa
Posted August 7, 2018 from Cameroon
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It feels good when you transform somebody's life positively and even best when you transfer life skills to undeserved humans.

This has been my wonderful experience for the past months.

We are now in the second phase of the Creative skills 4 Peace project that aims to transform prisoners to Prisonpreneurs.  After they acquired entrepreneurial ICT skills, I now had to train them on how to produce items that will generate income.

After receiving the award of 500 000 FCFA donated by Local Youth Corner to purchase the necessary equipment and material for the production of items, we setup the a documentation facility in the computer lab.

Our inmates especially my #InmateSisters are now capable of producing season cards, tags for key holders and dresses, produce documents (typing, editing and printing), design logos and posters, just to name a few.

When the inmates will leave the prison, they will have to integrate back in our society as useful citizens by starting their own business. At this level most of them are already ready for the job market or to begin a start-up.

In addition they received classes on banding which included labeling, packaging, logo, naming etc

Personally I am very impressed with the results of this project. It has been so far a heart touching journey working with inmates that are ready to make a difference.

I have as well gained a lot of additional skills such as bringing hope to persons that thought that they had lost all in life.

Today I uphold the power of being hopeful and understand the meaning of endurance.

Where there is hope, there is life!

 

 

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Obisakin Busayo
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Dear Sophie,

Well done my sister for the great work you are doing. It is so wonderful hearing that those people can now make money that will be useful for them to keep away from crime after finishing their jail terms. Kudos to you!!

Love

Busayo

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Dear sister Busayo, thanks you for your kind words my sis.Yes, they are ready! I thank God for strengthening me. glory be on to him.

Sharon Makunura
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Very inspiring project, well done Sophie.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Thank you very much Sharon. I feel lifted up.

Jill Langhus
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Hi Sophie,

Is your training done there now? When do most of the inmates get out? It will be great to hear individual, success stories when they come out.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Hello dear Jill, The training is not yet done. Presently I do followup, mentoring and production. We also had a branding trainer who came to deliver some lessons. Yes! I will hopefully share their success stories. Thank you and stay tuned!

Jill Langhus
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

Hello hon:) You're welcome. Looking forward to the next update...

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Dear Sophie,

It is so good to know that you have been able to offer this skill building, confidence building work in your country. Some years back I was able to get into the prisons for women here, and for 10 years met with the women and listened to their stories. There was good reason that their lives had gone off track. If more women in prisons could have the chance to tell their stories here in WorldPulse, so much more would be known about what women have gone through. Offering ICT skills and ways to independently earn money is such an excellent plan. Bravo!

Love,

Tam

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Dear Tam, Thanks for all the support and courage that you have given to me during this journey. You are one of those who really inspired me during this project that was frightening at the beginning. ...And now your comment has come again to give me more valuable ideas. Wow !

I believe it is important to find a way to introduce them to World Pulse so they can say their many stories or if they agree I can say it for them. Well, I think about that.

Dear Tam thanks again for your sweet words. Keep on the great work.

Beth Lacey
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Sophie, how rewarding this must be for you. You are giving a new life to #InmateSisters.

Beth

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Hello Beth, Yes! They love me. I am bringing hope and joy to them and a new way of life that will be rewarding. Thank you dear.

Tarke Edith
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

Hi sister Sophie

Thank you for the  job you doing with the inmate, you have really change their lives l believe  that  their lives shall not be the same when their will be out of prison.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 08, 2018
Aug 08, 2018

My dear sister Edith, Thanks for the comment. It has a process of transformation for them. I pray their lives change for ever as they will use the skills to generate income.

sarah_2
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

This is great Sophie!

You are not only putting smiles on their faces, but you are giving them HOPE.

We are known forTRANSFORMATION!

Keep it up

Sarah

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

Dear sis Sarah, Yes, hope brings peace and love too. The transformation is real, I will share success stories. Thanks for commenting.

Adanna
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

This is a nice project sis! 

Giving hope and training the prisoners at the same time is a wonderful idea.

It is nice to know that they can use their skills to make a difference regardless of what happened in their lives or what they have been through.

Ride on sis!

Love, Adanna

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

My lovely and able Tech sister, You got the point. It is really an amazing project that has produced fruitful results. Stay tuned to read some of their success stories. Thanks for commenting.

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Aug 10, 2018
Aug 10, 2018

Indeed where there is hope there is life thanks to the creative skills for peace initiative for the prisoners.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

Dear sister, Yes you gout the point. I am so so happy with the outcome of this project. Thanks for commenting.

SanPatagonia
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

Your initiative is full of hope and future, Sophie... Last year, here in Buenos Aires during Museum's Night, I went to the exposition organized by the PGN -the Attorney General of the Nation organism- and I could see the art & crafts presented by the inmates. As you describe... printings, cards, logos, framed pictures, and also some writings and poetry, and handcrafted notebooks. It was awesome. They were selling some of the items, like the notebooks. So, there's so much future in your doing over there!

"Prisonpreneurs" is just a word I loved deeply. Thank you for sharing and showing the way for us.

Love

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

Dear sis, thanks for sharing your own experience that comes to encourage me.  Yes! Hope is a great pillar used in building the future. I have also gained lots of exciting experiences.

Stephanie Mah
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

You are always inspirational, thank God for your good work, forward ever.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

My dear sis Stephanie, We are together in this struggle. To God be the glory.

Rosylyne Nabaala
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

This is great work you are doing keep it up and thank you for sharing. 

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

Hi Rose, thanks for appreciating my work. You are welcome!

kyla
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Hi Sophie, 

Thank you for being willing to take on such big challenges. By giving them hope and teaching them new skills you have touched their lives forever. I hope that their futures will be bright.

Best wishes, Kyla

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 20, 2018
Aug 20, 2018

Dear Kyla, Thanks for your kind comment.  I was was encouraged by World Pulse sisters who had a similar experience working at the prison. I am sure their future will be brighter.

World Pulse has been very instrumental in my journey.

Gladys Muthara
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018

Oh yes, where there is hope there's life...and that life is even better, when you have a Sister like Sophie holding your hand! I love that you thought such beautiful thoughts about the empowerment of our brothers and sisters in Prison. Truth is, lots of them suffer stigma and wrongful sentences, and, are more often than not neglected by our society. Few of us would stop to even think that these people are human, beautiful souls, with amazing brilliance and untapped potential. I am, therefore, so glad that, you, Sophie, saw beyond what a majority of the society sees. Isn't it wonderful that you are doing this? You're blessed. Thank you.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018

My dear sis Gladys, well said. Thanks for your great comment with lots of energy and motivating falling on me. It has been a very amazing journey with them. You are welcome dear!

Princesse MUHINDO
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018

Cher Sophie Bonjour,

Juste t'encourager de ce travail et formation fournis aux détenus qui pourra leurs ramener l'espoir de leurs existence encore une fois et afin de revivre une vie autonome.

Merci d'avoir partager cet histoire qui espoir et avec cet espoir tout ira bien, courage !

Sophie Ngassa
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Cher Prnicess, Merci bcp! C;set une experience unique et valable.

uduakedet
Mar 07
Mar 07

This is amazing!!!!!!!

 I visited a maximum prison recently and it was such an humbling experience. Thank you for reaching out to the despised and forsaken.