Projects: Strategy and Project approach

One prison, two projects, three phases
Kigo Prison SCS has chosen to focus on one prison and on two projects. We will only start with another prison project after achieving the objectives of the ongoing projects. This sharp focus allows us to give undivided attention to each project and to achieve major improvements with limited resources.

Following an inventory of different prisons and their management teams, Second Chance Support decided to focus on Kigo Prison. Kigo is located at the shores of Lake Victoria between the Ugandan capital Kampala and Entebbe, where the international airport is located. Together with the management team of Kigo Prison, SCS decided that improving the Health Centre and the Educational Centre should have top priority and therefore, will be the projects which will be launched at the start.

Kigo Prison - Health Centre

From being sick, to getting better
Kigo Health Centre Due to severe overcrowding in African prisons (Kigo Prison currently has over 1,100 people in a building designed for 400 people) communicable diseases are common. In addition, HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Cancer, Malaria and skin infections are common diseases. Medical staff, with (too) few resources and assisted by well-meaning detainees, try to do what is possible. The Health Centre consists of three wards of approximately 8 x 8 meters. They are dark with bare walls. The small barred openings high in the wall cause inadequate light and ventilation. Moreover, they are not equipped with anti-malaria screens. Each ward has only one light fitting. Patients lie on blankets on the concrete floor. Per ward, there is only one toilet (hole in the ground). Running water is lacking. A doctor visits once a week. Opportunities for medical research are scarce, let alone privacy for the patient. Medical records consist of stacks of papers in shoe boxes.

Constructional phase: Kigo Health Centre Clinic
  • repair the corrugated iron roof where necessary
  • make larger light and ventilation openings
  • provide separator walls in the clinic
  • per ward install lighting fixtures and wall sockets
  • provide running water and new water appliances
  • examine the sewage system
  • paint the roof, walls and floors
  • install anti-malaria screens for all openings, including doors
  • purchase of a tent for patients waiting area outside

Establishing phase
Kigo Health Centre
  • hospital beds, made in the prison workshop
  • mattresses and pillows, both in covers
  • sheets and blankets
  • chairs and tables, made in the prison workshop
  • bedside tables, made in the prison workshop
  • a kettle
  • chairs and a desk for the doctor, made in the prison workshop
  • an examination table, made in the prison workshop
  • lockable file- and medication cabinets for the doctor, made in the prison workshop
  • a personal computer

Operational phase:
  • an inventory of medical supplies in cooperation with the doctor
  • procurement of medical supplies
  • launching of a good patient administration in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • monitoring of proper maintenance of existing facilities
  • starting a quality measurement system
  • discussing of proposals for further improvement

Kigo Prison - Educational Centre

Learn for a future after prison
Kigo Educational Centre Education is a cornerstone of progress, supports personal positive change and improves employment opportunities after the detention period. Recently the Educational Centre is being managed by a professional teacher, who has been stationed at Kigo Prison by Uganda Prisons Service (UPS). Until the end of September 2010, the school was independently run by detainees who taught other people in prison by means of a train-the-trainer principle. The Educational Centre teaches approximately a 160 people; both at primary school level (Primary 1-7) and at secondary school level (Secondary 1-6). The Primary school has three classrooms (P1/2/3, P4/5 and P6/7) of each approximately 4 x 6 meters. They are located outside under a canopy and are separated by bamboo mats. The Secondary School has only one classroom of approximately 8 x 12 meters in the corner of the prison complex. Per classroom some students are sitting on (too small) bench tables, the others have to sit on rocks or on the ground. The teacher has a blackboard standing on the floor, but has no chair or table. Schoolbooks are hardly available. There is a lack of blank paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, etc. The Educational Centre has no access to a PC for developing plans and/or tracking study results.

Constructional phase: Kigo Health Centre roof
  • repairing the corrugated iron roof where necessary
  • removing existing obstacles and walls
  • levelling the concrete floor
  • placing of partitions
  • applying stucco on walls
  • painting the walls and floors


Establishing phase:
Kigo Educational Centre
  • chairs, made in the prison workshop
  • a lockable file cabinet for the school headmaster, made in the prison workshop
  • a lockable cabinet for school supplies, made in the prison workshop
  • bookshelves, made in the prison workshop
  • a personal computer

Operational phase:
  • an inventory of school supplies, in cooperation with the head teacher
  • procurement of annual study materials
  • starting of a good student administration, in cooperation with the head teacher
  • monitoring of proper maintenance of existing facilities
  • starting a quality measurement system
  • discussing of proposals for further improvement