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Economic empowerment of former prisoners through commercial vehicles

Life Foundation DSC_0051-300x200 Economic empowerment of former prisoners through commercial vehicles                                                                             (( Arzak))
A community project aimed at combating the depriving of former prisoners for taking their rights in Egyptian society and empowering them economically and socially and facilitating their reintegration into their different societies.
Through a team that believes in the importance of integrating marginalized groups and providing support to former prisoners.

The project aims to provide a permanent source of income for former prisoners; to establish their own commercial enterprises; to rely on commercial vehicles; to create women entrepreneurs; and grow up project which they can manage it cooperatively; After providing them with the necessary leadership, managerial and personal skills.

The project will be implemented in 10 districts and five governorates

• Alsharkia Governorate / Zagazig (Husseiniya) – Abu Hammad (Qatawiyah).
• Qalioubia / Shebin El Qanater (Red Koum) – Banha (Kafr El Arbaeen).
• Dakahlia Governorate / Mansoura (Menia Sandoub) – Belqas (Maasara).
• Beheira Governorate / Itay El Baroud (El Jayef) – Damanhour (Tamuz Manor).
• Alexandria Governorate / Amreya (Zawyet Abdelkader) – Customs (corner of Qabbaniya).

The role and work of Life Foundation for development and community integration

Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration focuses on marginalized groups in Egypt;and former prisoners under a complete system of rehabilitation and community integration with the case (target clients working with them) and even the stage of integration into society through the rehabilitation process which was completed by the Foundation on four axes (Legal, psychological, social and economic empowerment through vocational training and small and micro-employment; in the context of rehabilitation and community integration of former prisoners in Egypt and increasing community awareness of their issues)
At the local policy level, the Foundation is also interested in disseminating the idea of rehabilitation and integration of these groups in collaboration with key stakeholders of government, executive and decision makers.

Establishment of Life Foundation

Life Foundation started as a local initiative in 2013 and as a non-governmental organization in 2015. Life Foundation has worked in 7 governorates in Delta and coastal areas through several projects and initiatives to provide economic, psychosocial and health development and reintegrate ex-prisoners in communities within their families.

Life Foundation project supports community-based initiatives aimed at empowering ex-prisoners women economically and socially by building their personal, technical, managerial and literacy abilities to increase their participation in income-generating activities.

By providing them with commercial vehicles to increase their income; enable them to be small business owners; and to improve their economic situation by having what they can start their lives once again without obstacles or possibility returning to crime.

The project symbolizes activating role of positive women in their societies; enhancing personal skill and self-awareness; managing stress; understanding emotions; identifying personal power and weakness; how to manage and resolve differences; Thereby facilitating their rehabilitation and reintegration into their communities after their release.

The project also focuses on raising the awareness of the population of the target communities by increasing the participation of public and governmental authorities concerned with the economic and psychosocial challenges faced by former prisoners to create a safe environment for targeted women upon release from prison. And increase the ability of community-based organizations to intervene in these issues; to eliminate the perception of societal stigmatization, and to help enable this group to encourage their communities to accept them.

Project Objective:

Supporting community initiatives aimed at empowering former prisoners economically and socially through:

• Building individual abilities: building the managerial, professional and personal abilities of 100 former prisoners to operate, equip and own 20 commercial movable vehicles.

• Building institutional abilities: By support building 5 community- organizations to design and implement awareness and support campaigns targeting 3,750 individuals in their communities; aimed at removing stigma and facilitating the reintegration of former female prisoners into society.
• Increase awareness: By Increasing and enhance understanding community communication among 100 government officials on reintegration and rehabilitation cases of former prisoners.

Target groups

1)the number of 100 former prisoners women who were marginalized; they were imprisoned for their participation in illegal income-generating activities such as receiving unsupported loans, collecting debts, prostitution or other honor-related offenses.

2)5 community-based organizations (1 community-based organizations /in target governorate), represented by its board of directors and staff; registered for community-based initiatives and need technical and administrative support to adopt awareness and support initiatives on the overall challenges faced by former female prisoners in rehabilitation / Reintegration and participation by reducing their suffering.

3) 3.75 of population who lack understanding and awareness of the overall challenges faced by ex-prisoners in rehabilitation / reintegration in their communities and families.

4) 100 representatives of public and governmental institutions (representative of the Post-Care Unit of the Ministry of Interior; prison directorates; Ministry of Social Solidarity;and others), which need to link government agencies and communities and lack knowledge and research, and resources related to the rehabilitation and challenges of former prisoners, And discuss their needs after their release.

5) 20,250 individuals (families of immediate beneficiaries); 10 communities in 5 governorates in Delta and northern coastal areas; 10 public and government institutions.

Project activities:

1. Evaluate professional and personal skills capabilities of former prisoners:

After selection of targeted former prisoners in accordance with established standards, all eligible individuals receive Ability-building training; subject to needs assessment; based on a tool set up by Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration to identify their managerial, technical and personal skills gaps.

Through Ability assessment, performance gaps are identified and both will be adequately and trained to build the technical, manegerial ,and personal skills needed to operate , equip, manage and owned a movable commercial vehicle.

2 – Hold training courses to raise professional and personal abilities:

raining courses hold to build technical, managerial and personal skills to identify business needs, available resources and materials in their community, and targeted cases will begin training courses based on their interests and performance gaps in their managerial and technical skills.
Including training in managerial skills such as literacy, accounting, marketing, technical skills for driving cars, packaging and distribution of prepackaged food, mobile phone repair, sewing and detailing, jewelry making, hairdressing.
The above is based on commercial needs and materials, depending on the resources available in the target communities.

3)Operating 20 movable commercial vehicles to generate income and register them as Egyptian cooperatives:

The commercial transport vehicles are provided to the project targetrs; they have the opportunity to become small business owners; each group of 5 women will operate a vehicle and for the legal and functional sustainability of the vehicles; each must be registered as an Egyptian cooperative and registered as a small business in Egypt.

4)Building Institutional ability for five community organizations:

To assess the sustainability of the project, through the ability assessment tool developed by the Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration, the institutional ability of each of the five selected community organizations to improve their performance and ability of their existing boards and staff; for the design and implementation of community initiatives; Adaptation, in collaboration with consultants and specialists, to enable civil society organizations to adopt awareness-raising and support initiatives on the challenges and status of ex-prisoners; to increase awareness of their communities and increase their interrelationship with local and non-governmental actors to Develop their communities ability to remove stigmatization from former prisoners.

5) Awareness / support activities targeting community residents and local government and non-governmental actors to identify the overall challenges of ex-prisoners

Awareness and support activities will be carried out through partner community organizations under the supervision of Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration; the project team; and specialized consultants – targeting community areas members and local decision makers.

With life – life begins

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• I was aware that the world stopped after the prison, but after I reached Life foundation it gives me the opportunity to work and learn I realized that life will begin.

NK * Y / 90 With Life Foundation I knew how to depend on myself , and didn’t ask anyone to help me ,it helps me to gain knowledge, I learned how to deal with people and feel that Iam still alive.

• Work changes me alot. And sessions of psychological support helped me to be stronger than before , now I know how to deal with my children and bring all their needs.

• I discovered that the world is good, and the future can give me asecond chance again.

A project funded by the European Union

Life Foundation unnamed-file Economic empowerment of former prisoners through commercial vehicles

April 2018 – April 2020

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