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Community follow-up and support
When a person returns home, our social workers continue to do follow-up visits for up to three years after release, providing as much support as needed to ensure long-term rehabilitation. They visit the ex-offenders in person at least once every 90 days. PFC also organises meetings where ex-inmates can share their reflections on how to live successfully after release.
Income generation support
An essential part of reintegration is being able to earn an income. PFC provides vocational training, and may give ex-offenders a grant to help them set up a small business. Vocational training and literacy classes are offered during an inmate’s time in prison. Prisoners can learn skills such as tailoring, hairdressing, motor mechanics, computing and agriculture.
‘When we were sent to prison, we lost the opportunities in our life,’ says a member of the sewing classes. ‘But because PFC helped us learn skills and make plans, as well as encouraging and motivating us, we can live in happiness and hope.’
We believe we have established a sound model for prisoner reintegration in Cambodia. Many of the ex-offenders we have worked with are now restored and empowered, living in harmony with their families and able to earn an income.
How might your church or organisation get involved in any of these five practical steps?
This article appears in Footsteps magazine 104, which explores the theme of prisons and includes practical tips for getting involved in prison ministry and caring for ex-offenders.
With thanks to staff at Prison Fellowship Cambodia for their help in compiling this article. Web: www.pfcambodia.org