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Children in Prison

Children in prison across Africa are often there through no fault of their own, many accompanying their mothers and living in the most appalling conditions without adequate food or hygiene.

The Angel Tree Programme (ATP) provides a way of making Christmas come alive for children in prison and children of prisoners and ex-prisoners who are shunned within their own community.

Volunteers of PFZ and local churches contribute to this initiative every year by collecting donated gifts and distributing them to children in need. Often these donations are very small and can only impact a limited number of children.

The latest ATP impacted 100 children aged between 3-14 years. Volunteers took them to a shoe shop to have a pair of shoes of their own choice. This was something that most of the children had never done in their lifetime.

PFZ also remembers the needs of the children living in prison and provides a gift to their mothers.

"In prison, mothers with children couldn't resist tears of joy as they received toiletries, sugar and food" (Prison Fellowship Zambia).

In 2006, WER provided school fees to enable 25 children to attend school, and has also funded food and clothes for children affected by the imprisonment of a parent.

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