« Onésime » center: rehabilitation for young people in conflict with the law

Summary

A center that takes in young people on their release from detention or in lieu of prison, and provides them with training in agriculture and fish farming. A comprehensive approach is also applied, from literacy to family mediation.

Country

Ivory Coast

Time period

6th year

Direct beneficiaries in conflict with the law

30 minors

Budget

CHF 266’000

Local partner

Ivory Coast Prison Brotherhood

In Côte d’Ivoire, 80% of the measures applied to minors in conflict with the law are custodial sentences – in other words, prison. However, with no real rehabilitation measures in place, these young people return to delinquency most of the time once out of prison. To make up for the lack of rehabilitation structures, the Onésime center saw the light of day in the spring of 2018 in the small village of Taboitien, around a hundred kilometers from Abidjan.

Once incarcerated, minors find themselves stigmatized and excluded not only from their communities, but also from their families. Avoiding prison is therefore of paramount importance. Thanks to recognition from the Ministry of Justice, the center welcomes not only minors released from prison, but also minors under committal order, i.e. minors placed by the judge at the Onésime center, in lieu of prison.

With its holistic approach, the Onésime center offers a real chance of reintegration by promoting the social, professional and family reintegration of these children.

Formation

  • Theoretical and practical training in agriculture and fish farming
  • Official recognition of training (with diploma)
  • A modern, agro-ecological approach
  • Literacy and civic education courses
  • Post-training follow-up (external internships, etc.)

Support

  • Supervision by educators (from the Ivorian Ministry of Justice)
  • Medical and psychological follow-up
  • Chaplain support
  • Sports and artistic activities (soccer, sculpture, drawing, etc.)
  • School materials, tools, clothing and food
  • Links with juvenile court judges

Family reintegration

  • Family tracing and sponsors
  • Visits to the family home
  • Family mediation
  • Family stay at the Onésime center (parents’ villa)
  • “Ecole des parents” (awareness-raising, experience-sharing)

Income-generating activities and sustainability

  • Marketing the center’s agricultural and fish products
  • Local partnerships with the Ministry of Justice, etc.
  • One person dedicated to communication and resource mobilization

Discover the center Onésime in pictures in this report

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