Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

Juvenile rehabilitation centers should address treatment needs, skill development and successful re-integration of juveniles into the society

Juvenile Crime

Juvenile Crime

All juveniles have individual strengths that can be identified, built on, and employed to prevent future delinquency

Youth Activities

Youth Activities

Engaging a community and neighborhood that promote and foster healthy activities for juveniles

Life-Skills

Life-Skills

Availability of economic and other resources exposes juveniles in attaining multiple experiences that supports their life-skills

Family Support

Family Support

Participation in shared activities between youth and family (including siblings and parents) is key to positive re-integration of juveniles

 

A reformed juvenile recounts his past

John, a recovering juvenile offender, narrates how his life transformed after being enrolled at Mathare Youth and Sports Association-MYSA. The organization also offers schooling programs and diligent soccer players can have their school expenses paid. Other programs include drug rehabilitation, leadership, photography and music training.

John celebrates a goal during under 21 tournament held in Kigali Rwanda, November 2015

John celebrates a goal during under 21 tournament held in Kigali Rwanda, November 2015

“Before I became a part of MYSA, my life was terrible. All I knew was the street life. My father died when I was at the age of nine. From all the hurt and pain, I began to do what the rest of my friends wanted to do: that was to join a gang, sell drugs to make money and have fun to relieve the stress” he said.
John committed a series of crime and later got detained at the juvenile facility in Kamiti prison. After being incarcerated for four months, he was introduced to MYSA by Vickie Wambura, founder of Nafisika Trust, an organization that caters for juvenile rehabilitation and re-integration.
“ At MYSA, I met one of the popular soccer legends of Mathare Football Club who encouraged me to build a relationship with this wonderful sports program. Apart from the sports program, I also enrolled for basic computer training”, he added.
In a short period of time, John was promoted to join Team B of the club and spent most of his moments in training sessions. Currently John has been able to play for under-21, Kenyan National Team and aims to play for big clubs in Europe.
“I believe I am a changed person who wants to live a productive life and help others who are experiencing what I experienced in my past life. I extended my gratitude to MYSA and Nafisika Trust for helping me to change my life and start focusing on the good I can do now” he said.
“This club has changed my life, turned me around from a criminal to a productive person. I feel that a lot of struggling juveniles have great potential and with support of such programs, there is still a chance for released juveniles to become better people within the society”, he concludes.

—Ends—

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