IV National Prison Theatre Festival
Six prisons in Colombia participated in the fourth version of the National Prison Theatre Festival, which was held for the first time virtually. During one week and through our web page, the civil population could enjoy the different plays performed by the inmates of the Model, Good Shepherd and Picota prisons in Bogotá, the Model in Bucaramanga, the women’s prison in Popayán and the Medium Security Prison and Penitentiary Establishment in Ipiales. The jury was conformed by a group of experts in scenic arts chosen by the Cromantic brand, the actresses Natalia Reyes, Carolina Guerra and Julieth Restrepo and, for the first time in the history of the festival, the public.
The public voted through our website, which allowed an important visibility of the Festival. In the end, 221,642 votes were received, a figure that undoubtedly surpasses the number of people who attended in person. We are happy to celebrate the great reception, as well as the success of each of the actors. Congratulations to them and to the directors.
The winning groups of this fourth version were Abrakadabra from the Modelo prison in Bogotá and New Horizons from the Modelo prison in Bucaramanga. There were also different recognitions like the award for the Cromantic commitment that was given to the prison The Good Shepherd of Bogota, the award for the best construction of characters for the prison The Picota, the best staging for the Prison Establishment of Ipiales and the recognition to the creativity and scenic resources for the prison of Popayán.
Cromantic, Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho e INPEC, Tijiko.
Virtual education for all
For two months, the Fashion School and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, in partnership with the Internal Action Foundation, gave two certified virtual courses to people deprived of their liberty, post-penitentiates, their families, guards and INPEC administrative staff.
The group was conformed by 78 people who received their diploma in Management Skills and in Fashion Business Management.
The purpose of these projects is to provide participants with the necessary tools to make the venture a profitable and successful alternative for their lives.
These initiatives aim to promote inclusion and reconciliation between people deprived of their liberty, guards and civil society, since they involve different actors from these populations.
But not only that, because these are strategies focused on trying to provide some hope in these times of uncertainty.
Allies: Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Legal assistance in times of pandemic
Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Internal Action Foundation has worked in partnership with the Association of Criminal Lawyers, Lawyers in Quarantine and a team of volunteers in the legal area to benefit more than 600 people deprived of their liberty and post-prisoners. Among the procedures that have been carried out are the requests for home detention and conditional freedom, as well as the preparation of documents for their processes. In addition, we have set up a legal helpline for the benefit of inmates and their families.
Association of Criminal Lawyers and
Lawyers in Quarantine.
Aid to the prison population, post-penitentiary and their families in covid-19
Thanks to the solidarity of all the people and organizations that have joined our cause, we have been able to deliver 46,744 hygiene items, 70,978 biosecurity items, 381 markets, 95 industrial disinfection machines, 158,144 bags of detergent for the country’s 132 prisons and 7,675 medication to those who have been deprived of their liberty, those who have already recovered it and their families. These deliveries have benefited 60,711 inmates, 312 post-prisoners, 488 family members and 15,369 guards and administrative staff.
Colombia Cuida a Colombia, Dersa, Natura, Procter & Gamble, Grupo Éxito, EWTech, Belleza Express, Boxi Sleep, Fajas Forma tu Cuerpo, Ampaca y Laboratorios Goram, Permoda, Audifarma,Homerizo Lenceria para el Hogar, Madapika, Chocolat Baby Wear Sas, Universidad De La Sabana, HACEB, Ekono, Subway, Wok, Nosotras, Progen, Fundación Querido Soldado, Lenua, Frisby
Diploma in customer service for post-penitentiary
20 users of Casa Libertad graduated from a Customer Service Diploma taught by Diageo Colombia through the Learning for Life program and certified by the University Mayor of Medellin. On March 6, our students and their families attended the graduation ceremony at the Diageo offices in Bogotá. There they were surprised by a private concert given by Yuri Buenaventura who, with his life story, also motivated them to continue believing in second chances. A great benefit of this program is that it guarantees the work experience of at least 70% of the participants.
Employability for the post-penitentiary
Thanks to the partnership with Grupo Éxito, a group of people who have already regained their freedom are now working with this organization. The post-graduate students were trained in subjects such as customer service, logistics and sales.
After going through a rigorous selection process, today they are working in different areas of the warehouses in Bogotá. This, without a doubt, significantly improves the quality of life of the post-penitentiates and their families.
Ally: Grupo Éxito
Projects with the Inter-American Development Bank
The Second Opportunities international cooperation project will aim to strengthen the Internal Action Foundation to continue its work of resocialization and to reduce the recidivism in the post-prison population of the country. In this first semester, the IDB is working on documenting the experience of Internal Action Foundation since its inception, as well as designing a monitoring and evaluation model.
Another project that is being carried out with the IDB is Solution House, which is currently in the phase of strengthening a route for the effective re-socialization and reinsertion of the post-prison population and support for non recurrence in prison. In this first stage, post-prisoners will be trained in five key areas that are in accordance with labor market trends, such as care economy, gastronomy and technology.