Changing lives for a better society.

We Restore, Rebuild, Transform Lives

Our Founding Story

It all began in the year 2006 in December when our founder Vickie Wambura learned about the dilapidated state of our prisons through a News article which left an indelible mark on her. She pursued a way into prison wanting to make a difference. Her pursuit uncovered more than she had initially imagined. On her first prison visit in the year 2007, she learnt of learning opportunities that prison inmates could have, but the prison lacked the resources to make it a reality. They were in need of books, stationery and learning material let alone teachers. What seemed like an impediment to prison officers became an opportunity to make a difference for Vickie. More than donating learning material, Vickie volunteered as a teacher and before long, she realized that she had found her calling and purpose in life. Not knowing where the road would lead her, she decided to forsake all else and sort to serve those in prison and provide opportunities for learning that so many needed. Thus Nafisika Trust was conceived and began operating (2009).

Na·fi·si·ka (v) (Swahili): "To bring out into well being".

About Us

Nafisika Trust is an organization formed with the vision of contributing to the reduction of recidivism rates among inmates.

Our Vision

Reducing recidivism rates among prison inmates.



Our Mandate

| THE PROBLEM  |

Lack of skills or education

Unemployment or underemployment

Stigma in society

Economic hardship and lack of gainful employment are the leading cause of crime and re-offence in Kenya. Records show economic crimes ranking at eighty percent while most incarcerated people fall at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Many of them do not have access to (sufficient) education and gainful employment opportunities. The stigma against persons with prison records is the second leading cause of re-offence. When society rejects formerly incarcerated persons, they are pushed back to old lifestyles and environments that lead to repeat crimes.

| OUR SOLUTION |

Provide skills and education

Prepare for employment

Break stigma through volunteering

Nafisika works to bring opportunities into prisons to level the playing field and equip incarcerated persons with skills and tools needed to increase employment rates once released. We engage the local community through our volunteer program to break negative perceptions and create an atmosphere of acceptance. By so doing, prison inmates grow in confidence to transform their lives and aim for greater heights.

| NAFISIKA'S MODEL |

Partnership

Programmes

Volunteering

While working in partnership with the Kenyan Prison Service and other partners, Nafisika provides a platform that transforms the lives of professionals, college students and incarcerated people through a volunteer experience in prison. We offer skill-building courses that include entrepreneurship, personal and leadership development, counselling and legal clinics that are delivered by professionals and college students through our volunteer platform. We equip incarcerated persons with the skills and tools needed to successfully reintegrate into society and secure gainful employment thus reducing recidivism and creating safer communities.

Vol·un·teer (n.) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

The Nafisika Trust Pillars

Nafisika Trust is a Prison rehabilitation program designed to provide programs focused on behaviour change and economic empowerment to inmates while in prison. We help bring out the potential that lies dormant in young people behind bars. Our goal is to break the cycle of crime by equipping individuals with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to change their circumstances for a brighter future.Our programmes run under the 5 Key pillars below.

Entrepreneurship Programme

Equips inmates with practical market skills. It looks at financial skills and soft skills needed in running a successful business. It is coupled with Career Coaching that prepares inmates for job applications; CV writing, cover letters and mock interviews.

Legal Clinics

Provides training on legal criminal procedures; court self-representation, advice on legal queries and city by-laws trainings.

Counselling Services

Provides individual and group counselling services and influences positive behaviour change. Group counselling includes drug & substance abuse rehabilitation and promotes a social support system among the inmates.

Life Skills & Mentorship

A program that aims to stimulate young people to take initiatives to improve their own communities now and throughout their lives. Young people learn empathy skills, teamwork, leadership, and change making skills.

Change Ambassadors Forum

An ex-inmates forum that creates a support system after release and helps individuals through the reintegration journey. They receive business mentorship and get guidance to employment opportunities.





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Testimonials

What people say...

Hon. Moody Awori EGH

Former Vice President, Republic of Kenya
I believe that when both the Correctional system and the Inmate rehabilitation centric organizations energetically focus on their mandates, we will see a new trend emerge where the rehabilitative success rates begin to stably climb and change for the better. This can only happen when both are better motivated to do well and above their prior set mandates / goals.
Nafisika is one of the organizations that has partnered with Kenya Prisons Service for over ten (10) years now. They have been very resourceful in supporting out rehabilitation agenda in prisons. They run very relevant programs for the inmates that prepare them for proper reintegration back to the society. Their programs compliment ours very well to the extent that they have made our effectiveness in rehabilitation acknowledged to the public. I appreciate their noble initiatives. Many thanks to the Nafisika team and God bless them.

Madam Khaemba

Kenya Prisons Service Director of Correction, Offender & Rehabilitation

Damaris Okello

Nafisika Beneficiary
I first encountered Nafisika Trust at Thika Women's Prison, where they trained me on a lot, including baking, business, emotional discipline amongst other things. From then on I started a Small business selling bananas, ground nuts, mellons, airtime etc. Before I encountered Nafisika I was employed at minimum wage, I now own my own business that has greater returns...may God bless Nafisika.
Nafisika opened a door no one believed could be opened; that of an inmate studying Law in a Maximum Security Prison. I believe I will be the first advocate in a free Kenya who studied behind the walls of a maximum security prison.

Hamisi Mzari

Legal Aid Officer @ African Prisons Project

Our Core Team

Have a look at the individuals who make all this possible.

Mrs. Vickie Wambura Wamonje

Founding Director

Ms. Wanjiku Njuguna

Head of Training & Development.

Mr. Geoffery Makomere

Head of Programmes.

Ms. Njeri Olive

Training Associate



Trustees

Mr. Eric Muyale

Mrs. Linda Okolo-Maruti

Ms. Josephine Okal

Mrs. Vickie Wambura Wamonje




Board Of Advisers

Mr. Ashitiva Nelson

Senior Partner & Head of Strategy @ Ashitiva Advocates LLP.

Dr. Vincent Ogutu

Designate Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University.

Ms. Ciku Chege

Afrika Kommt Fellow @ VolksWagen Group AG.

Ms. Annette Mutuku

Communication Leader, SSA - GE Healthcare.

Contact Us

We're happy to hear from you, for all enquiries contact us via the following.

Fatima Apartments, Marcus Garvey Rd, Kilimani.
P.O. Box 6604 -00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.

info@nafisikatrust.org

+254 708 385 125

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