Prison Fellowship Lebanon (61)
In such overcrowded prisons as the Lebanese ones that still lack the minimum requirements to meet international standards, the humanitarian mission of Nusroto association- Prison fellowship Lebanon is to help inmates to reconcile with themselves, with others and with God. The association offers them its comprehensive rehabilitation center where they could find medical, social and legal help.
Due to Prison Fellowship-Lebanon professional services inside the Lebanese prisons, the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon elected Fr. Ghanem Prisons' General Chaplain. The huge responsibilities urged its members and volunteers to carry out professional training programs and participate in international conferences to acquire skills in serving inside Lebanese prisons.
The UAE Minister of Interior honored Prison Fellowship-Lebanon by offering Father Marwan Ghanem a trophy from the General Direction of Penal and Correctional Associations.
Under the demand of the Coordinator of Prison Fellowship- Middle East, Mr. Roy Moussally, Nusroto association joined the Prison Fellowship International that includes 127 countries. In 2011, Prison Fellowship- Lebanon attended for the first time the International conference in Canada and had the honor to receive the membership of the Prison Fellowship International .
One of its most important activities in coordination with the Prison Fellowship International and the German institution Humedica was a medical campaign where German doctors' teams visited the Lebanese prisons and offered medical services and medicines.
I am H.F, I’m writing this story as a summary of my whole life. I was twelve years old and my family didn’t have the capability to let me enter the school because we were so poor so I have tried to work as a farmer.
My income for one day didn’t exceed eleven dollars. The boss of my work at the farm wanted me to earn more money so I can help more my family then he convinced me to enter the world of drugs' promotion where I can earn two hundred dollars per day.
So I have accepted the new work, so I can help my family especially my dad who enter each week to the hospital to have therapy for cancer in his stomach.
I didn't ever think what would be the end of promoting drugs, I was only thinking about the money.
As days pass the legal claims because of promoting drugs has followed me, until I have been arrested.
After one week from being arrested in jail they have told me that my father died .I have regret what I have done because my father died while I am in jail and I didn’t have the opportunity to see him.
I have learned a lot of things in jail, I have learned to be patient and don’t allow other people to enter the world of drugs even my enemies.
The Sycamore Tree Project has also played an important role in giving me a new hope to restart my life with a positive manner.
I thank God for everything especially for the most important lesson he has given to me which allowed me to regain my mind and morals and today I am new person and when I will get out of here I will build a new future for my life and for my son.