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International Study Week on Children of Prisoners Bridges Cultures
Date: May 10, 2015 09:45AM

International Study Week on Children of Prisoners Bridges Cultures

The concern for children of incarcerated parents stretches beyond international borders. Three years ago Wells of Hope Ministries held its first International Study Week on Children of Prisoners. Each year since then the Study Week has grown. This year on June 22-27, 2015, the 4th International Study Week on Children of Prisoners will be held in Kampala, Uganda.

Over the past three years the Study Week has grown and caught the interest of academicians, social workers, criminologists, researchers, religious workers and practitioners working with children of prisoners. The goals of the Study Week are to educate participants about the effects of parental imprisonment, consolidate experiences, share new knowledge and skills, and discuss and jointly develop an Action Agenda for Children Whose Parents are in Prison. The Study Week also aims at promoting friendship, solidarity, and one spirit among people working with children whose parents are in prison from all over the world. The participants will appreciate the plight of children of prisoners from a global perspective. They will learn and contribute towards creative and effective solutions that can be undertaken.

The one week with Wells of Hope team will take participants to visit remote villages and isolated people, especially grandmothers, who care for the children of their children in prison. When the participants meet the families in the rural communities helped by Wells of Hope, they will be touched by their stories, motivated by their achievements and inspired to overcome the challenges in their own life and community.

Objectives and anticipated outcomes of the Study Week:
1. To bring together individuals and organizations involved in prisoners children’s work, and those who want to learn, so that they can network and learn from each other
2. To show case the work being done by Wells of Hope to mitigate the plight of children of prisoners and to help the participants to be inspired and learn from it
3. To educate participants about the effects of parental imprisonment and help them to appreciate the plight of children of prisoners and the creative and effective solutions that can be undertaken
4. To raise awareness, lobby and advocate for children affected by the imprisonment of their parents
5. To exchange information with others who are involved in activities similar to those of Wells of Hope
6. To learn from professionals involved in the study and work of children of prisoners
7. To gather more ideas on how we can help the children better themselves
8. To bring the plight of children of prisoners on a global perspective and arrive at effective solutions to address the problem of children of prisoners worldwide
9. To mobilize support and form more partnerships to support the Wells of Hope work
10. To build lasting friendships and networks

For more information on the International Study Week on Children of Prisoners visit [studyweek.org] or email info@studyweek.org or ssuubi@wellsofhope.org.

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