Female Prisoners

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Female Prisoners: and their children

Cairo, Egypt
Year Founded:
1990
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This project aims to save female prisoners who are victims of poverty from the danger of returning to the crime world again, by improving their economic conditions and integrating them in society, so we can remove the social stigma attached to them and to their children.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What will happen to female prisoners who are victims of poverty and to their children if we let them alone without help?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Prisoners of Poverty: Most of these women jailed for failure to repay small debts or premiums. Sometimes they are just guarantors for relatives . After their release from jail, this group of women lives a great tragedy as they collide with the society unjust look to the as ex-prisoners. Also her children suffer homelessness during her imprisonment, and could be an easy tool in the hands of criminal gangs because of their lack of social care.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

1- Helping releasing those poor female prisoners by repaying their debt through donations. 2- Creating an elaborated institutional framework for providing vocational training and rehabilitation opportunities for female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families. 3- Providing female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families with the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s labor market through vocational training. 4- Inducing social mobilization for the cause of poor female inmates through traditional and emerging media sources as well as public conferences. 5- Providing institutional frameworks to help offering psychological and social support for women prisoners and their children.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This project aims to save female prisoners who are victims of poverty and difficult economic and social conditions from the danger of returning to the crime world again, by improving their economic conditions and integrating them in society as good citizens gaining their bread from reputable work, so we can remove the social stigma attached to them and to their children. This project is based on a profound experience with prisons world. The Children of Female Prisoners In particular is the only NGO which is working with female prisoners and their children in Egypt prisons, although the arsenal of regulations and void security restrictions facing us during our humanitarian work, which we believe in and insist to stand for.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

CFPA released scores of poor female since 1990. It is working now on: - Improving the economic situation for 220 female inmates in the Qanater female prison, the largest in Egypt, - Reintegrate 160 of their children in the community. - Training 60 prisoners. - Media campaigns.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

-Economically empowering female ex-inmates through providing them with job opportunities, thus, helping them cease dependence on unsustainable financial assistance -Protecting female ex-inmates from falling by the wayside after release and returning to crime and sin -Providing inmates with positive identity formation, thus helping them move past the shame, guilt and stigma into a newly-found world of psychological and economic empowerment -Creating a better environment for the children of ex-inmates instead of leaving them in the corrupt surroundings that put their mothers in prison
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1- Revenues from selling the goods of in-prison workshops. A fixed percentage of sales is re-invested in providing vocational training to other ex-inmates in the incubator. The rest of the revenues are being deposited in a separate bank account in order to be re-invested. 2- Donations and grants.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

CFPA is the first Egyptian NGO to deal with the cause of female prisoners. Some other organization followed its model, but they only deal with problem from one angel. they only help releasing some poor women through donations. We are not only helping releasing them but also we have a comprehensive post-release projects to improve their life conditions and taking care of their children financially and socially. Also we help empowering female inmates and ex-prisoners to engage in income-generating activities,
Team

Founding Story

Nawal Mustafa, a well-known writer and journalist, has adopted the cause of “prisoners due to poverty-related offenses”. She has taken it upon herself to stand up for the poor women against oppression. The first poverty prisoner was "Umaymah" who Nawal Mustafa displayed her case through a popular TV program presented by the well-known Egyptian TV presenter Rola Kharsa. The audience's sympathized strongly with the case, and many offered donations to help the release of many of the poverty prisoners.
About You
Organization:
Children of Female Prisoners Association (CFPA)
About You
First Name

Nawal

Last Name

Mostafa

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Children of Female Prisoners Association (CFPA)

Organization Country

, JZH

Country where this project is creating social impact

, QHR, Cairo

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Project
Year founded

1990

Impact
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

CFPA released scores of poor female since 1990.
It is working now on:
- Improving the economic situation for 220 female inmates in the Qanater female prison, the largest in Egypt,
- Reintegrate 160 of their children in the community.
- Training 60 prisoners.
- Media campaigns.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The most important of which is the stigma imposed on this group of female ex-inmates. Its members believe that these women might be ex-convicts, but they are in fact victims and not criminals. It spares no effort to change society’s perception of this group by diligently attempting to raise society’s awareness and consciousness of this cause and delivering our vision. Other hardships faced are the rigid bureaucratic red tape found in Egyptian prisons.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

-Economically empowering female ex-inmates through providing them with job opportunities, thus, helping them cease dependence on unsustainable financial assistance
-Protecting female ex-inmates from falling by the wayside after release and returning to crime and sin
-Providing inmates with positive identity formation, thus helping them move past the shame, guilt and stigma into a newly-found world of psychological and economic empowerment
-Creating a better environment for the children of ex-inmates instead of leaving them in the corrupt surroundings that put their mothers in prison
-Empowering ex-inmates in a way that will push them toward self-development in different ways, for instance by starting their own small businesses,

Sustainability
Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1- Revenues from selling the goods of in-prison workshops.
A fixed percentage of sales is re-invested in providing vocational training to other ex-inmates in the incubator. The rest of the revenues are being deposited in a separate bank account in order to be re-invested.
2- Donations and grants.

Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Nawal Mustafa, a well-known writer and journalist, has adopted the cause of “prisoners due to poverty-related offenses”. She has taken it upon herself to stand up for the poor women against oppression.
The first poverty prisoner was "Umaymah" who Nawal Mustafa displayed her case through a popular TV program presented by the well-known Egyptian TV presenter Rola Kharsa. The audience's sympathized strongly with the case, and many offered donations to help the release of many of the poverty prisoners.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

CFPA got a grant from the USAID in collaboration with the NGO Service Center for advocacy and lobbying.
The Center praised the Children of Female prisoners Association on its great achievements which have far exceeded the preliminary results set forth in the grant project.
Also, we are working now with Drosos foundation on a project called "Removing the stigma and the integration of the female prisoners and their children into the community".

Women Powering Work
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Training and education such as skills workshops, entrepreneurship courses, apprenticeship opportunities

Does your project utilize any of the strategies below?

Group learning experiences such as hands-on learning projects, cooperatives, collectives, support groups, and more