Kaff Zanzira, as an NGO has instituted a rehabilitation program for women ex-prison inmates. By providing them opportunities to rebuild their lives after prison. The program under Kaff Zanzira encourages these women to find meaning and purpose in their lives. By offering them incentives to develop their skills by tending to the earth and becoming one with nature.
She took a step towards uplifting women empowerment in India.
India’s 1st Eco-Rehabilitation Program
This approach started in August 2018 at a women prison to run a pilot. And to see how the female prisoners responded to nature-based rehabilitation and training.
It is India’s first eco-rehabilitation program honing nature-based skills for incarcerated and released prisoners. Click To Tweet
They conducted it at a 65-acre forest farm called Vanvadi and carried out in partnership with VARHAD (Voluntary Action for Rehabilitation and Development), an NGO based in Maharashtra specializing in prisoner rehabilitation and working towards their welfare.
The transformation of prisoners into Yoginis and Athletes
They trained the participants in a multitude of tasks such as farming, constructing structures with natural resources. Likewise making eco-friendly products. Also, they even learned how to grow a native forest. They psychologically benefited a great deal from the counseling element program. It helped them overcome past trauma and emerge as more confident and skilled people. The health conditions of prisoners who suffered from physical ailments and menstrual issues vastly improved. As proper nutrition and physical activity were core mandates of the program and had to be observed. The women prisoners were taught yoga, dance, sports and enjoyed races while running barefoot. Click To Tweet The program furthered their holistic training by equipping them with basic alphabet and arithmetic skills to boost their educational prospects.
Firstly, they promoted spiritual well-being through meditation and enlightening group discussions on worldly topics. Such as beauty and personal hardship in peaceful and picturesque surroundings. Meanwhile, they instilled values such as compassion, empathy, acceptance, and non-violence in them. So as to help them grow as better human beings. Also, find balance in their interpersonal lives.
Re-entry of Prison Inmates to Society
They initiated active discussions on crime and social justice to spread awareness about their plight. The program has facilitated the re-entry of inmates to society. And highlights the need for their inclusion by appealing to community conscience. It has given them a second chance by involving them in noble jobs. Like taking care of the earth and ensuring that environmental sustainability becomes a reality. It has helped them find peace and come out as strong individuals ready to take on the world.
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