Kabarak University shares Hope with Nakuru Women Prison
Songs of praise and gratitude engulfed the Nakuru Women’s Prison following a visit by Kabarak University staff and students. For a minute, all the inmates were drowned in celebration mood forgetting the reality of being behind bars and away from freedom. A sense of hope had certainly been restored and their glowing, jubilant faces said it all.
The team led by the Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager, Mr. Andrew Marangu shared words of love, encouragement and hope with the prisoners before donating Mattresses, Blankets and children clothes.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, the Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager categorically stated that Kabarak University was keen to walk in the footsteps of its founder H.E. the Second President of the Republic of Kenya; Daniel Toroitich arap Moi who continues to hold dear Biblical Christian values and has a generous heart towards humanity. He further noted that it was for this reason that the University was committed to upholding the same values in all its Corporate Social Responsibility activities by responding to the needs in the community around and beyond; ultimately impacting lives.
Mr. Marangu stated faith and actions need to go hand in hand and everything that is done needs to be as if it were for God according to scripture.
He preached that as good Christian stewards we were called upon to take care of Widows/Widowers, Orphans and Prisoners, backing his words by reading from the Holy Book:
(Matthew 25:36, 40) I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me I was in prison and you came to visit me … I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
The Nakuru Women Prison Deputy in Charge, Superintendent Phyllis Wafula expressed gratitude to the University Management led by the Vice Chancellor: Prof. Henry Kiplangat. Stating that the visit by the Kabarak team was so timely and God sent as it complemented an earlier visit by a local NGO who had donated beds to the correctional facility.
One of the beneficiaries, on her last lap of an 8 year jail term spoke on behalf of the189 inmates, thanked the University for remembering and visiting them.
She emotionally stated that the visit meant a lot especially in an era where prisoners continue to be stigmatized by society and family and were even considered ‘a forgotten people’. Overwhelmed by Joy and gratitude, she also expressed her indebtedness to Dr. Eliud Michura one of the Lecturers in Environmental Health in Kabarak University for reaching out to her when she was lost. “I am now a reformed person, born again and ready to help others outside once my jail term is over.” Those were her closing remarks.