Vickie Wambura Wamonje

Ashoka Fellow
Nairobi, Kenya
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Vickie Wambura Wamonje was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Vickie is unlocking the potential of ex-prisoners and reducing their rate of recidivism by redefining the role of prisons as safe spaces for reformation as well as professional and personal development. She engages citizens, including teachers, corporate professionals, students, university professors and well-wishers, as volunteers to reform, train and treat prisoners. By making society part of the solution, Vickie is facilitating prisons to bridge a stifling human resource gap and debunking societal stereotypes about prisoners. Society is incentivized to engage in the reformation of prisoners because they see it as a collective effort to ensure better lives for prisoners and safer communities for all.

Vickie’s approach has four main pillars: (i) development and implementation of the first entrepreneurship and basic education curriculum for prisons in Kenya (ii) resource development and mobilization to cover both the human and financial resource gaps that stifle the effectiveness of prisons (iii) streamline the capture, tracking and sharing of important quantitative and qualitative data related to prisons (iv) focus on dispelling stereotypes and stigma directed at prisoners in and out of prison. By focusing on these core strategies, Vickie is creating a supportive environment for prisoners to safely reintegrate into society and thrive without posing a threat to community safety.
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