Francophone Africa

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Prison Fellowship International currently operates within 15 countries throughout Francophone AfricaRich in natural beauty and vibrant cultural diversity, this region is sadly also marked by ongoing social conflict exacerbated by divisive elections and ethnic tensions. Islam is quickly spreading throughout Francophone Africa, but evangelism – the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – is still largely welcomed and flourishing inside prison walls   

PFI’s national ministry partners in this region recognize the difficulties which face the prisoner as well as the family they leave behindLiteracy programs are prioritized, ensuring that prisoners are not stripped of their basic rights, and allowing them to develop marketable skills to use upon their releaseMost importantlyliteracy programs equip prisoners to better participate in discipleship courses and give them the ability to read and understand the Scriptures on their ownPrisoners’ spouses and families are also given the opportunity to participate in educational programs, in which they can learn money management and job skills. 

These outreach and intervention programs are crucial for families and communities affected by crimeStaff and volunteers are working tirelessly on the frontlines, protecting vulnerable children from exploitation and neglectabuses which occur at exponentially higher rates when a parent is sent to prison. These national ministry teams are empowering these families to thrive through microloans, skills training, and community connections through local churches. By combining educational opportunities and spiritual encouragement, prisoners and their families are given the tools to start fresh and build their lives upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. 

Benin
Cameroon
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
Mali
Senegal
Burkino Faso
Central African
Republic
Guinea Conakry
Mauritius
Rwanda
Burundi
Cote d’Ivoire
Madagascar
Niger
Togo

Today, with the help of the Lord and thanks to the strategy of partnership with national ministries, the PFI family has something to celebrate—something to be grateful for in terms of transformed lives, new hope for prisoners and their families, improvement in each national ministry’s capacity and efficiency, and more. I am looking forward to the fruitful years to come, and I am thankful for what God is going to do. 

 

Samuel N'tcho, Regional Director, Francophone Africa

Spreading the Gospel

  • National Ministries are sharing the Gospel in 312 prisons
  • 54 prisons running The Prisoner’s Journey program
  • More than 60,000 graduates
  • More than 151,000 prisoners reached

Protecting Children

  • Two countries running the Children of Prisoners program (CPP)
  • More than 1,100 children currently served through the program
  • 13 National Ministries are running Angel Tree programs
  • Reaching more than 4,200 children of prisoners annually

Restoring Justice

  • More than 5,000 prisoners and victims have participated in the Sycamore Tree Program
  • There are 8 APAC alternative prison facilities in Rwanda, benefitting more than 5,000 prisoners

In Francophone Africa, more than 139,000 prisoners have been invited to participate in The Prisoner’s Journey program during promotional events, and more than 54,677 are course graduates. This success is due to our volunteers’ enthusiasm which was further developed during the training provided by program coordinators and executive directors.

The transformation in prisoners’ behavior is another ripple in the lake of the zeal that went into implementing TPJ. The testimonies of prison guards and prison directors is another ripple—evidence of the tremendous work that is happening inside.

Never forget that a prisoner is not born a prisoner, that grace is universal, and Jesus loves the prisoner. When violence rates are reduced in prisons and transformation happens in prisoners’ lives, it is beneficial to their families and the whole community. When children are sent to school, families are restored, and offenders are forgiven by victims; these are ripple effects of a National Ministry teams’ determination and love.

Ayéré Franck Baby, Associate Director, Francophone Africa

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Changing Lives, For Good

We are deep in gratitude to all of our partners for bringing hope to prisoners and their families around the world,

making way for a brighter future and helping to restore their trust in people—

and in a heavenly Father who loves them.

THANK YOU!

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