"Expand your vision and see that inside every culprit, there is a victim crying for help. That person is also a victim of ignorance, small-mindedness and lack of awareness. It's the stress, lack of understanding, lack of broad vision about life, and bad communication that leads to violence in society."
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
SRIJAN (Social Rehabilitation of Inmates in Jail and Aiding the Needy) is an endeavor to provide a more holistic rehabilitative intervention to empower the prison inmates, both socially and financially. SRIJAN was started in Tihar Jail in 2010. Workshops are conducted to harness the energies of prison inmates and develop a set of skills, enabling them to earn respectful living through productive work.
Presently, handmade paper production units located on the jail premises are employing these inmates to make paper bags, lampshades, photo-frames, stationery and other utility items. There are two such units on the jail premises and one outside (which is handled by released prisoners). The inmates are paid wages for their and the prison inmates who have been released and are still with SRIJAN and are also paid for their work.
SRIJAN project in Tinsukia Jail, Assam is providing Electrical & Carpentry training to inmates. So far, more than 300 inmates have benefitted from the project.
In Central Jail in Bangalore, the Art of Living foundation runs the project “Punarnava” where 45 female inmates manufacture incense sticks, gift articles and apparel.
The products made are then supplied to companies such as TATA, HCL, IBM, GE Money and Tech Mahindra to name a few.
The satisfaction that you get from seeing that you have changed a person’s life - brought them hope and happiness;a reason to make their life meaningful again - that satisfaction is priceless.
Ebrahim Jassat, PRISON S.M.A.R.T Trainer
A story from Serowe Prison in Botswana.The course was in a tent and during long Sudarshan Kriya it started raining. Water came through a hole in the tent and a group of prisoners were drenched through and through but they continued with Soo Hum without opening their eyes or moving to get out of the rain. Later on they said rain was a blessing in their country and they felt very blessed.
Dusko M (19, Turopolje, Juvenile)
I was looking for peace, for self control. I feel I’ve improved after the course. It’s good at the course! Two hours at the course make me relaxed throughout the day.
Jenthe, 16 years
Every day is beautiful. I have learned to find inner peace and to accept myself as I am.
Even through life’s challenges, a person can be elegant and purposeful, without guilt – that is my desire. Thanks for a way to achieve this.
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