Case 1: Facilitating construction of a New Police Station
Case 2 :P-BLD Inspires Nakuru’s First Gender Policy
Before she came or when she came immediately the perception was, you know, violence is not for the county government to do to deal with. That is a security matter. We should leave it to the national government. Okay? And so, they usually want to go the blame game. And then the national government will say, for example, the street children who are mugging people, who are involved in violence in towns, and in urban areas, these are people or these are the issues that are to be handled by the county government. So that was the perception before. But after attending the workshop and training, she changed our perception on that and the approach and realize now we need to work together as agencies. And it has been very positive.’
‘There’s a lot of suspicion and mistrust, especially between the county government and the national government. But for now, both the county government and the national government are working together. And when they work together, we are able now to attract other sectors and other agencies to join us in addressing this issue of urban violence.
‘People are violated without knowing that they’re being violated. And so this program serves as an awareness process for the youth, for the women, for men to know. Even sometimes when the men are violating the women, they think it’s just normal, it’s normal tradition. But when they come to these forums, then they know, “I didn’t know I was violating my wife’s rights or another woman’s rights or my son’s rights and so on.” And so for me, it’s I think it has had an impact though progressively because it’s not a short term one.
Case 3: Skills Development and Economic Empowerment for Women in Prison
‘Because what I have found in Nakuru because it is a town with different tribes you find that the level of violence is very high. In most cases you find that once there are tribal clashes it starts in Nakuru. They fight one another. Sometimes you find that they even have boundaries but once we can make it to change different people from different tribes we’ll break these boundaries.’
Especially those in welfare section and education. I’ve been able to share [the learning] with them…in fact I have even trained them about what I’ve been doing about these prisoners, some even I send them out. I tell them I have a certain problem and this prisoner has told me you come from their [tribe] or home place, can you please go and look for the family for me and they have been doing it.’
‘We have songs from different languages. As I have told you we are over 44 tribes so we have all these songs. We’ll play them.’
‘Once they are released back to the society, I take that initiative to go and tell the society, “Please welcome this person. Please support this person, she’s not a bad person. She has reformed. She has been trained in this and that so she can earn life only what she need it is love, acceptance.” I have seen it working
‘I didn’t know that I have something until somebody came and ignited whatever was in me so that I can be able to use it. Before that I never used to do such things. Before that I was there for work, for payment not for impact. I was there for payment and… I’m supposed to be at work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When my time is over, I go back to the house without touching anyone’s life. But from that time [P-BLD module] I make sure every day even though I’m not reconciling them to the family [for example] I’ll counsel someone for the better.’
For the women in this prison, they developed skills and confidence that enabled some of them to become financially more stable upon release from prison. Stories included women who were reconciled with their families, who were able to avoid returning to commercial sex work and who felt empowered to rebuild their lives. Beyond specific outcomes for women, the enthusiasm and motivation to help women and to contribute to making Nakuru a better place through supporting inmates beyond their release caught the attention and engagement of other prison officers internally, other prisons in the wider county and partner agencies. Creating awareness of these activities across other agencies has improved perceptions of the potential for prisons to impact society and better engagement across sectors.
They started their own small-scale businesses that can generate money. So, you find when the inmates come, they know that there’s a madam somewhere who can help.’
‘I had very low self-esteem but nowadays no. I’m courageous [laughs.] In Africa we have those things that are done by men not ladies, but afterwards [after P-BLD] I don’t go with gender… Even though they are just men I’ll face them and tell them whatever you’re doing is not good. [My approach] has not changed only to prisoners alone, even to the senior middle level management. I can correct them so long as they’re doing something that is not good. I’ll tell them whatever you’re doing is not good you have to change… Whatever I’ve been doing I’ve not only been doing for prisoners alone, even for the staff, my juniors.’
‘To change the structure of the organisation it is very hard but what I’ve learned, changes come from within and then the others will adapt to your changes. What I’m doing here we’re supposed to take it to Naivasha and we’re organizing for that. We’ll take it to Naivasha, to the welfare officers and we’ll teach them what to do the programs that I’ve been having here… And once we change Naivasha we’ll move to another prison and we’ll have a society that is changed.
Case 4 :Collective inquiry aids in problem solving for public transport businesses
‘We would use violence to drive them away, they would go come with more violence…and most of them are former workers who left the job. So they go within the route take money without anybody like the police stopping them.’
‘I told them, we’re not going to give them cash. We’re going to ask what business do you want to do, how much you need and then we provide capital… So, we called them and we agreed that we settle with them so that they start small businesses.’
‘There was a very big gap between the lowest people and the way the management perceived them because they are dispensable they come dime a dozen but, from a change in narrative they became now the most important because without them the company does not make any money.’
‘Because the moment you’re able to solve an issue without violence, successfully it adds to your confidence. So, the next challenge you are willing to take it on with increased capacity to be able to solve problems, also confidence levels come up, and increased capacity to be able to impact the people who are around you or in different leadership capacity. It increases the likelihood of a problem being sorted out at in very many areas.’