August 2019 – The Mindfulness Project has grown and it is well known within Kenya and its prisons! As well as the Mindful Programme, the Kenyan Prison Service is fortunate to have a supportive community who wish to make a difference to their people and their society… We were delighted to connect with Founder of the Nafisika Trust Vickie Wambura who founded the NGO in 2006 when finding her calling to
to re-skill and rehabilitate inmates towards reduction of re-offence upon their release. [we] this through its programmes that focus on behavioural change and economic empowerment.
Nafisika means “To bring out into well being”.
Nafisika bring a huge amount to the project and all are excited to see what the future holds with such support and passion…
As well as this new Partner ship, we have been fortunate to have a Mindfulness Volunteer Jan Hummer from the USA visit Kenya and many prisonso once already to share her Mindfulness teachings, she is committing the next few years to further develop the programme, help it expand and work with the KPS, Nafisika to fulfil the goals that were so vividly shared…
Prior to these development and as ongoing support, the Mindful Movement has gained support and collaboration from the wonderful people and organisations below…There are many organisations and agencies working together to enable these projects to grow and develop. Here is a list of ‘Our Team’ worldwide:
- University of Exeter
- University of Exeter Business school IT department, Simon and Toby – Laptops
- Kenya Prisons Service – including multiple prisons across the whole of Kenya
- Shanker Venkatasubramanian – Mindful Teacher/trainer.
- Thomas Smith Videography for video creations to support the project
- Tom Smith- Cineon Productions Exeter for support with the crowdfinding video
- Kenya Probation Service
- African Prisons Project for our collaboration
- Mindfulness in schools partners www.sofdi.com
- The Quay Climbing Centre – Exeter – Ropes for skipping
- Exeter City Academy for Football kit donated to Naivasha Maximum
- Mark @ Wasp Motorcycles Ltd
- Oloo Oudia – for social media and online support.
- Matt and Rhys @Yellowboxsolutions printing company for printing Mindfulness Leaflets.
- Chris Tamdjidi from the Kalappa Institute for continued support and passsion.
- Jason Gonzalez from the Happy Warrior has continued to share our programme, support it and provide his expertise
- Children’s Department
- Midrift Human Rights Network
- E-mentoring Africa
- Magereza Academy
- Strathmore University Community Outreach Programme
- Rights Promotion and Protection Centre
- Security Prison
RESEARCH AND IMPACT AWARDS
2016 Open Innovation Platform Link Fund Exeter University, Mindful Leadership
2016 IAA ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship: Expansion, Evaluation and Consolidation of the Inner Rehabilitation Programme in Kenyan Prisons
2016 IAA ESRC Economic Development and Welfare Scheme: Inner Rehabilitation Programme for Kenyan Prisons
2015 IAA ESRC cultivation award: Authentic leadership and change agency training in the Kenyan Prison System
2015 Open Innovation Strategic Funds: change makers: moving from challenges to influence, in collaboration with APP
Many organisations have been really generous in donating goods that will support the project and Mindful Leaders, Laptops, Camcorders, pencils and Mindfulness Books delivered directly to the Mindful Leaders and Prisons during the April 2018 trip.