Charles Mwangi was imprisoned for an offence of possession of narcotic drugs. He comes from Ngaini, Mathira West Sub-County. He is married with two children. He admitted to have been smoking bhang for some time. The community members were very bitter. They connected him with introducing young men to drugs. He however admitted he never did that. He decided that on leaving prison he will strive to make a difference. Charles is with disability having lost the use of his left hand due to a childhood injury that was left untreated. During his childhood, he had a great interest in welding. This is a skill he had acquired as an apprentice before he was imprisoned. On leaving prison, he was armed with one thing, his determination to succeed. He trained under Caritas-Nyeri under the RJEP project on entrepreneurship. He was howeverwithout capital to start a business. Currently, he hires the welding machine when its available to make metallic gates, doors among other artifacts. Through, this he is able to support his young family with basic necessities. He however decries exploitation as he does not have tools of his own minimizing his profit margins. He hopes one day to have his own welding workshop.He is one of a dozen children and his portion of land is best described as a strip. He did not also get the opportunity to study beyond Standard 8.The community members who had disdain for him now respect him for his hard work and innovative products. He advocates for desistence to drugs among the youth in the various platforms he gets. He is also a subsistence farmer. Charles is an example of a socially reintegrated offender.
PROJECT PHOTOS BELOW
Above: A reformed ex-offender proudly displays a metallic gate, one of his items done in his village. He is now able to provide for his family.
Above: His Grace Most Rev. Archbishop Peter Kairo pays a visit to the prisoners at King’ong’o annually around Christmas Time.
Above: An ex-offender at his tree seedlings plot. The project helped him to acquire a generator to enable him pump water to his plot from the river. This is part of improving his socio-economic position.
Above: A trainer in economic empowerment takes the ex-offenders through savings and credit components.