Prison Fellowship Liberia has launched a project to provide scholarships to over 1,500 children of prisoners across the country.
Dubbed “Breaking the Circle/Promise Path”, the project is sponsored by Prison Fellowship International and will include the provision of book bags, books and medical insurance for beneficiaries.
Giving an overview of the project, the Program Coordinator of Prison Fellowship Liberia, Rev. Karpee Parton, revealed that the Promise Path Project is a program started by Prison Fellowship International, but implemented in the country by Prison Fellowship Liberia.
He said the PFL is a human rights organization that cares for detainees, their families and victims of crimes.
Reverend Parton added that it is from this context that the organization works with state actors to ensure that the rights of detainees are respected, their needs and the needs of victims of crime are met.
He added that the PFL has also provided education through scholarships to schools of choice and thousands of children have benefited across the country over the past seven years.
Reverend Parton said the program aims to break the cycle of crime by ensuring children of inmates go to school, rather than resorting to crime.
“Most inmates are serving their long sentences in prisons,” he said; adding: “as a result, we have therefore come to help their children to have the means to go to school like other children in society”.
“If these children are not educated now, there is a possibility that they will grow up and return to criminal activity like their relatives or their parents who are serving long prison sentences.”
At the official launch of the project, Prison Fellowship Liberia’s financial officer, Reverend Edwin Johnson, thanked Prison Fellowship International for agreeing to sponsor thousands of children of prisoners in Liberia.
He also commended Reverend Kollie for taking on the responsibility of advocating for the education of children of inmates in the country.
The program has been honored by beneficiary representatives, school administrators, and district education officials, among others. Editing by Jonathan Browne
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