One of the biggest challenges that women face after being released from prison is lack of shelter. Over 70% of women released from prison find themselves without shelter. They often have to be housed by well-wishers or family while others are homeless on the streets. This makes their reintegration journey twice as hard as they try to get on their feet.
Our programs have supported women in different parts of the country. Through our trauma-healing program (Ufunuo), we have managed to support 220 women. We have provided 42 individual loans, supported 16 women through business hubs and 28 with skills training in our Tables of Support program. However, there is a need to create a safehouse and centralize all these programs for maximum impact.
To this end, Clean Start is developing a centre that will shelter these women to provide them with safe housing, trauma-healing spaces, business hubs and a community centre for the environs.
The Clean Start Centre will have:
- Living quarters
- Kitchen and Pantry
- Training Workshop
- Business Hub
- Kitchen Garden
- Mentorship & Coaching
- ICT Centre
The Clean Start Centre will house women coming out of prison and some young girls who leave juvenile facilities and have nowhere to go to.