Human Rights in Correctional Facilities
The economic conditions of Zambia are bad with many people failing to meet basic needs. Unemployment is also on the increase leaving especially the youths vulnerable. Some people who want to go into business cannot do so because they have no starting capital. The worsening conditions have brought about an increase in crimes with many being convicted and sentenced to Correctional Facilities.
DAPP started to work in Correctional Facilities in the TCE projects 10 years ago focusing on support to those living with HIV.
In 2015 DAPP started to implement the “Human Rights in Correctional Facilities” in 8 facilities situated in 6 districts. The focus was to improve the welfare of the inmates through water, sanitation and hygiene improvement and through activities to support those living with HIV.
DAPP in January 2018 got involved in the rehabilitation of juveniles through activities in the “Nakambala Approved School” in Mazabuka District. Activities included rehabilitation of the facility as well as providing life skills and vocational training.
In January 2019, phase two of the Human Rights in Correctional Facilities started with funding from the European Union. The project will run for three and half years till July 2022. Its focus is to improve reintegration of the inmates through vocational training in the facilities and provide outreach activities.
In 2020 the project will aim at rehabilitating and reintegrating inmates in 8 Correctional Facilities and 3 Juvenile Centres in Central, Muchinga, Luapula, Southern, and Copperbelt Provinces.