Support and Aid Program for Inmates

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25: 35-36)

Through this program, we shed light on the importance of consistent communication between an inmate and the outside world as a vital part of their rehabilitation process. We do this by providing moral and emotional support and keeping inmates updated on their families’ news, we can offer hope and uplift their spirit, minimize the negative impact of isolation, and contribute to a better rehabilitation outcome.

Program's objectives

  • Maintain spiritual communications with inmates: this is based on our strong belief that inmates can repent and find peace through prayers and a return to God and the Church. Therefore, we maintain communications with inmates and encourage them to pray and read the Bible regularly, seek God’s forgiveness, and practice the Sacraments of Confession and the Holy Communion.
  • Provide psychological counselling by social workers and psychologists who can help inmates safely overcome adversaries.
  • Offer social and financial assistance to inmates and/or their families, including helping their children enroll in Christian schools.
  • Provide special support services for expatriates working as household helpers. Such services may include financial support, help with travel expenses to allow them to go back home to their families, and legal services to safeguard their rights at the courts.

The Christian Hope Office aspires to help inmates throughout the country by all possible means and through:

  1. Establishing a central ecumenical committee representing all denominations to maintain regular follow up on inmates
  2. Forming a network comprising all participating parties and experts to share information and best practices
  3. Holding extensive local training sessions and annual regional meetings
  4. Forming a specially trained team to conduct regular visits to prisons and correction centers.
  5. Securing transportation to and from prisons and correction centers.
  6. Securing financial aid to sustain the program and the services it provides to inmates.

“Every inmate, even guilty ones, carries in his heart a part of Christ’s pains. We have to guide them through repentance, reconciliation, contrition, and forgiveness.”