Civil Societies Changing the Faces of Prisons.

Prisons are to offenders what hospitals are to the sick. What a noble way to view the correctional facilities! If people suffering from contagious illnesses were to live in our midst without medical attention, then we would all contract the diseases. Again, from another perspective, if we went to the hospital, got admitted and stayed there without receiving treatment, wouldn’t we go back to the society with new, more resistant strains of infections and continue harming members of our community.


Mental Health: The Social Menace

Each year, for the whole month of May, the world observes mental health awareness in the society.  In an overview, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed since 1949; in a strive to sensitize people on trauma and its physical and psychological impact on individuals. This sensitization is of great significance considering the fact that […]

Scaling-up Rehabilitation Programs in Prisons

Prison has always been a cause of fear and dread for most people, both those who have been incarcerated and those who haven’t. The perception of prison as a place of punishment, isolation, and despair is ingrained in society, but how accurate is this perception? In this article, we will explore the reality of prisons […]

Wake-up Call

I love challenges, and I love to push myself. I love to learn and have new experiences. As a person who is determined to grow my career, I challenged myself to take up an internship with Nafisika Trust. Knowing well the work Nafisika does, I wore my full armor of positivity ready to have my […]


The allegory of the human mind is a mystery. Two individuals can be beleaguered by a similar predicament. Yet in one’s mind, there will be a reverberation of optimistic thoughts; while the other, may be spelled with doomed existence. Well, this is just a precedent of the prevailing thought processes of inmates. While many may […]

Refining Mental Health in Penal Institutions

So, here is the thing, for most of us, before we received insight on mental health, we probably envisaged mental health disorders, to somehow, be exclusively associated with people battling extreme psychiatric syndromes; or maybe, those who are at the brink of landing in a psychiatric hospital. Well, that might have some truth in it, […]


Life in prison is nothing close to a vacation, neither is it a wearied lifestyle breather. Rather, it is akin to being stuck in a pervasive atmosphere; for most inmates at least. Life in prison can be forbidding, to the extent of blurring the nature of reality. Life in prison is not rosy! But who […]

Is My Past Too Blick To Be Forgiven?

I have been to prison a couple of times, three times to be precise, as a visitor. Each of my visits has been unique; I stepped in prison with varied expectations, and stepped out with mirrored reality.  Presumably, many of us are yet to have the physical experience of reaching out to prisons. Therefore, I […]

The Art of Knowing

Why do people allow their hope to wither away? There’s a misconceived perception that we are not capable enough to achieve what we desire in life. For inmates, restrained freedom coupled with stigma may easily be taken to be the lost essence of life. If this ‘weed’ is allowed to grow in the mind, it […]

The Internship

“What do you do, at Nafisika Trust?” A question that follows every time I tell someone I intern at the organization. After explaining to them what we do in detail, the response from most of them is  “What! So you train actual inmates?” “Like you seriously work with inmates?” “Oh my God! What is it […]