In Kenya, nearly 500 children live in prison, locked up for crimes they did not
commit. In each of the 36 women’s prisons across the country, children age 0-4 live
in the cells with their mothers alongside other inmates.
Very few of these facilities have a daycare, preschool or a playground, where children can play, grow and develop.
The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation wants to give children living in prison with
their mothers a place to play. By 2021, NECF aims to install playgrounds in all 36
women’s prisons in Kenya! Over the next three years we will build playgrounds for
prison communities (children living in the prisons and the warden’s children) so
they are able to benefit from play, despite their current living situation.
Nancy always said, “Children must play!”, knowing the importance of access to
safe, free play in child development.
Four playgrounds have been completed, but we've got a long way to go!
Please help NECF bring the joy of play to children living in prison with their mothers by donating today!