The Rotary Club of Murang’a has moved in to offer support to children of mothers imprisoned at Murang’a Women’s Prison.
The club will be providing nutritional health support to the children as part of Rotary International’s cause of ‘Saving Mothers and Children’ that addresses mother and child malnutrition and inadequate health care.
On Friday, the club donated assorted goods such as porridge flour, milk, rice, and diapers and pledged continued support.
Speaking at the prison where the donation was made, the club’s President, Faith Ng’ang’a, said that the society should embrace people who have been jailed so as to hasten their rehabilitation.
She said that volunteers from the club would be contributing towards part of the nutritional requirements of the children on a monthly basis. Among the items pledged included mixed grains porridge flour and milk.
In Kenya, children are allowed to stay with their mothers in jail up to four years after which alternative care is sought for them.
The Officer in charge of the Women’s Prison, Daris Kangi, said that the gesture from the club would go a long way in ensuring that that the children got good nutrition and grew well.
She noted that the prison’s department has adopted various strategies to enhance the rehabilitation of inmates through equipping them with skills that will help them contribute in nation building after jail term.
The officer however, pointed that due to limited resources the facility is constrained as far as giving the required psychosocial support and basic commodities such as milk, bathing soap, oil, and diapers among others.
There are currently six children in the prison the youngest one being two weeks old baby whose mother was jailed while pregnant.
At the prison, special arrangements have been made whereby the children are left in a daycare center manned by a warden while their mothers attend to their duties during the day.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend that that all mothers should breastfeed their children exclusively for the first six months and thereafter continue to breastfeed for two years or longer.
By Judith Thuo