Mindfulness in Kenyan Prisons

Developing Mindful Leaders in Kenya

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This project has no minimum! This project will receive all pledges made by midnight, Fri 24 Aug 2018

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

There are some incredible people locked in Kenyan prisons (70% of inmates in Kenya do not have access to basic justice*). When equipped with mindfulness they can transform their communities (some of them are already doing it). Your help could impact on the lives of everyone including children. Watch the video above and see how!

What is happening in Kenya is extraordinary!!

Your pledges will help buy resources for the project, help it expand and become self-sustaining! Please give whatever you can. Come and join us!!!! Let's keep it alive!

INFORMATION ABOUT THREE PROJECTS

The mindful leaders programme is run in partnership between the University of Exeter and the Kenyan Prison Services. For more information visit our website Mindful leaders in Kenya . Over 1,000 people have benefited either directly or indirectly from mindfulness. They dream to help others and reach far beyond the prison walls. With your help, we can make that a reality!

1. TRANSFORMING PRISONS AND PRISONERS: INNER REHABILITATION THROUGH THE MINDFUL LEADERSHIP TRAINING

The mindfulness movement began in 2015 and was pioneered by the largest maximum security prison in Kenya, Naivasha.

Hundreds of inmates have been transformed, the institution has changed and even crime in the community has been prevented. To learn more, read our impact report here .

Rehabilitation through this programme and reform have meant that many mindful leaders have reconnected and healed fractured relationships with family members, through their desire to share this mindfulness gift with their loved ones and to give back and make a positive contribution to other people's lives.

And the inner rehabilitation programme (where inmates train other inmates) is expanding in two ways:

  1. organically - it moves and grows where the mindful leaders (inmates) are transferred
  2. strategically - it gets implemented in new institutions following governors' plans to improve the prison and their prisoners.

Mindful leaders want to make this programme sustainable to avoid relying on charity constantly and they have great plans to make this a reality. But they need this extra push!

Let's all contribute to make it sustainable for them!!!

2. TRANSFORMING THE KENYA PRISONs SERVICES WITH MINDFULNESS TRAINING

Kenya's Director of Rehabilitation and over a dozen senior managers in the system are passionate advocates of the mindfulness programme. They are supporting the expansion and its implementation. Their leadership is transformed into action through a group of over 50 dedicated and trained mindful welfare officers. These welfare officers have designed their own workbook on how to deal with emotions and they have great initiatives that need your support to make them a reality.

Mindfulness training is becoming ingrained in the very foundations of the education and rehabilitation programmes of Kenya Prisons Services. But paper, pens, notebooks and printed workbooks are essential. Without them the transformation of many people may remain a dream.

LET'S TRANSFORM THIS PLANNED, EXCITING AND DEEPLY TRANSFORMATIONAL DREAM INTO A REALITY!! Every little donation helps!!

3. OUTREACH FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Mindful leaders wish to reach out into the community to share mindfulness teachings and make positive contributions to others' lives - both while they are still serving their sentence, and when they are released.

They have started this through connections with local universities and through OUR FIRST Mindfulness AMBASSADOR - RAPPER ERICO - who is now released.

While in prison, he and the mindful leaders in Naivasha created music videos, to spread the mindful message and create change:

The mindful leaders across many institutions have created more videos, speeches, poems and tools to reach many audiences, to change lives and prevent the youth of today from going down a path of crime in Kenya, and across the world.

LET'S SUPPORT THE OUTREACH AND CREATE A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE DOMINO EFFECT OF MINDFULNESS TO REACH FAR AND WIDE!!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are different ways in which you can join us:

1. Any little donation will be a great help!!

2. Share it with others so that the world can witness something extraordinary!!

3. This project is not owned by anyone. It is run in togetherness. If you have ideas, skills, knowledge or time that will help us grow stronger, contact us. We would love to hear from you. We need to create and process videos, develop a YouTube channel, transcribe moving testimonials, book on mindfulness, more trainers and many more things, some of which can be your own initiative.

4. This project is not limited to prisons (we started the process of moving into schools and some community initiatives) or to Kenya. If you want to expand it in your community or your country, join us.

We all have something in common: WE WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!!

Imagine being able to die (when your time comes J ) knowing that you made a difference!!!!

Remember any little helps!!! Drops of water make a beautiful ocean!!!

Further information

We have just created a website to share with you more information. See Mindful Leaders in Kenya .

Hopefully with some help we will create a YouTube channel so you can see the programme in action.

If you would like specific details of any part of the project or even details of where the money goes, we would love to share it with you. Just contact us.

* with (African Prisons Project, online 2017 https://africanprisons.org/our-work/ ).

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Any little helps! With £5 we can fund materials for a new person to be trained. Your donation could help transform lives!!!

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Thank you! With this donation we can start generating more mindfulness materials that will make a big difference!! To see the difference the training has already made in people we will send you a letter from one of the mindful leaders or mindful trainees so you can witness their story and the impact mindfulness has had on them.

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Thank you!!! With this money you will make a difference and more people will learn how to manage their emotions!! As a reward we will send you the 'Managing your Emotions' handbook made by the welfare officers. To make it sustainable and to allow you to share you will be able to download it electronically.

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Thank you!! Your donation will go a long way! And as a special thanks you will receive a piece of jewellery or souvenir made by the mindful leaders who are committed to making this project sustainable.

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This is great! Thank you!!!! With your donation we can start organising structures to make the project sustainable. To help you with your own inner sustainability (in case you need such help :) ) we will send you the 'Self Discovery and Mindfulness Workbook' which contains many of the techniques which have transformed countless lives.

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Wow!! Thank you for your generosity!! With your donation the mindfulness movement will receive a great push and you will be an important part of that!! To help you be a part of something else you will be invited to a live webinar with Dr Inma Adarves-Yorno (Founder and trainer in this programme and TEDx speaker). After this webminar you may choose to start your own internal or external mindful movement.

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Pledge £500 or more

This is fantastic! Thank you!! With these funds you will help the training to be put into action on a large scale. As a reward we invite you to witness the mindfulness training in action with the pioneer mindful leaders. You have two options: (1) you can choose to Skype with them or (2) you can witness it directly in Naivasha. In either case they will tell you about their experiences and they will teach you their mindfulness techniques.

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This is wonderful!! You, or your organisation if it's a corporate donation, will make a huge difference to hundreds of people!!! As a reward we offer you an exclusive half-day training with newly-developed mindfulness techniques (for up to 10 people) with Dr Inma. She is the founder and trainer of the mindful movement in Kenya. She is also a TEDx speaker and a practitioner. She is full of insights that she will share with you.

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