Human Rights and Advocacy Project
Fr. Peter Meienberg, Mfariji wa Wafungwa Project
The project, “Fr. Peter Meienberg, Mfariji wa Wafungwa”, is a legacy project conceptualized and funded by our founder, Fr. Peter Meienberg and his family and implemented by Faraja Foundation in collaboration with the Kenya Prisons Service. The objective is to facilitate a condusive environment for effective rehabilitation. In 2010, through the founder, Faraja Foundation donated 700 beds to imprisoned women at Langata Women Maximum Prison and another 250 beds donated in 2018 to imprisoned women at Nakuru Women Prison. Fr. Peter Meienberg, in December of 2020, was honored with the Coat of Arms of by the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo, CBS for his passion and noble work in the many human rights interventions within the Kenya Prisons Service through Faraja Foundation. On this day, we will celebrate his noble gesture to gift all the women correctional institutions in Kenya with beds.
Globally, more than half a million women and girls are in prison serving a sentence following conviction, or awaiting trial and therefore presumed innocent. Criminal justice systems routinely overlook the specific needs of these women and girls, who represent an estimated 29% of national prison populations. Faraja Foundation observing the United Nations Bangkok Rules has been addressing some of these needs through partnership with the Kenya Prisons service and other like-minded organisations and institutions.