African Prison Project, a tenant at our Generator Business Centre in Mitcham, are celebrating the graduation ceremonies of four students in Uganda and one in Kenya, who will receive qualifications in law from The University of London.
They began on August 15th in Kenya with the awarding of diplomas to Pete Ouku at Kamiti Maiximum Security Prison in Nairobi. On August the 19th, they celebrated with Susan Kigula, Moses Ekwam, Benjamin Kamugisha, and Pascal Kakuruas as they received their diplomas in Law at Luzira Maximum Security Prison in Uganda.
In September APP will welcome a further 15 students from prisons in Kenya to their family as they sponsor and support them in their new and ongoing legal studies.
They are also extremely delighted that three of their students have their own un-just death sentences overturned since beginning their studies, and one has been released with all charges dropped!
More about the APP
African Prisons Project (APP) works to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison in Africa through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration. APP also has offices located in Kenya and Uganda with over a dozen staff dedicated to the growth, development and rehabilitation of prisoners. APP was founded by Alexander McLean in 2004 while volunteering at a hospital in Kampala, Uganda. A witness to the challenging conditions at Luziria prison, he bought materials and supervised the rehabilitation of the prison’s infirmary. APP was born out of McLean’s belief that all people deserve access to education, healthcare and just treatment.
“We believe that just and fair trials can only occur when prisoners and their representatives have the education necessary to launch a strong and reasoned defense. Empowered prisoners with legal qualifications can support their peers and provide access to legal knowledge previously impossible to find in prison. APP has seen proof of the power of this project; since beginning studies with us, three of our prisoners have aided in winning their own appeals, leading to the overturning of their death sentences. One student has since had every charge overturned and has been released from prison. Since beginning their studies with us, students are now able to pursue justice within an inadequate justice system.”
Visit: www.africanprisons.org for more information about this wonderful organisation.