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Training mothers in Turkish prisons to care for their children under 6 and create sustainable livelihoods for them after they leave prison!

Since 2013 we have been working with our partner TOÇEV to take care of children and their mothers who are serving time in 7 Turkish prisons

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Name or Organization

Worldview Impact Foundation (WIF) is a non profit organisation working to empower young people globally based in London, UK working in partnership with Tüvana Okuma İstekli Çocuk Eğitim Vakfı (TOÇEV) which is a non profit foundation working with children across Turkey and based in Istanbul.

Geography

WIF is based in London but we have been working with our local partner TOÇEV in Istanbul since 2013.

What is your stage of development?

  • Advanced Innovator with 3 to 10+ years of experience in ECD

Type

  • Non-profit

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

We want to continue the life changing work that we have been doing over the past 3 years with our local partner in Turkey targeting mothers and their children in 7 Turkish prisons. Our new strategy is to train the single mothers who are serving time in these 7 prisons by giving them the appropriate vocational qualifications that will enable them start their own social enterprises in order to sustain and care for their children in the long term in safe and healthy family environments.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

In partnership with TOÇEV in Istanbul, Turkey WIF has implemented a special project to trained 608 mothers, 610 children, and 364 officials and guards. Phase 1 of the project called "I Am Free" was completed on 14 January 2016 and Phase 2 of the project called "Free Forever" was completed on 14 August 2017. Now WIF wants to implement Phase 3 of the project called "Born Free" by training the single mother with special vocational education in the prisons and creating sustainable livelihoods for them once they leave prisons reducing the risk for them of re-offending and landing back in prison and destroying the lives of their children. We will train them how to start their own cottage industry businesses which can include: bread making, weaving, organic farming, ecotourism, beekeeping, ecosystem restoration, etc. We believe that all children are Born Free and should not live in prisons so we have to give these mothers a fresh start to rebuild their lives and take care for their children.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

There has been a steady rise of single mothers who are serving time with no support from their own families in many Turkish prisons over the years. In the last 3 years we have been supporting the children (age group is 0-6) who are incarcerated with their mothers in 7 Turkish prisons that we have selected to work with in the country. We have been working hard to train the over stressed prison staff and psychologists who are supposed to deal with these children and mothers.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

The “I am free” Project was implemented for 0-6 age group children who stayed with their mothers in prisons by TOÇEV in collaboration with WIF and the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers. The main objective was to enable mothers and children establish a quality relationship, and to help mothers develop better motherhood skills and use their time with their children more effectively. Within the scope of the project, seven prisons were visited regularly every month and trainings were organized for mothers who stay with their children and for officials and guards in the facilities. The “I am Free” Phase 1 Project ended with a press and closing meeting in Istanbul on January 14, 2016. TOÇEV’s Vice Chairman of the Board Betül Mermertaş was very happy for implementing the project they had been dreaming of for five years and they would continue working on the same topic through the grant received under Civil Society Dialogue’s fourth phase. The Phase 1 of project trained 608 mothers, 610 children, and 364 officials and guards in 10 months. The Branch Manager from the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers, Emrullah Özger said that while public resources existed on one side of the services provided for 0-6 age group children who stay with their mothers in prisons, civil society organizations existed on the other side. Phase 2 of the project included prison visits twice a month during 12 months which was later changed because the time schedule changed due to the military coup in July 2017. The Denver Developmental Screening Test was applied on every child in the 7 prisons and necessary actions were taken for the children showing risky development elements. Over 20,180 km of driving was covered by the local team to coach and train 1020 mothers, 810 children and 500 prison guards in all the 7 Turkish prisons. The “Free Forever” Phase 2 Project ended with a press and closing meeting in Istanbul on August 14, 2017. We the momentum we have built and the success we have created in the 7 Turkish prisons over the past 3 years, we now have a new strategy for Phase 3 of the Project called "Born Free". We want to engage with the mothers creating sustainable livelihoods for them by training them on a range of entrepreneurial skills before they leave prison to make sure they can support themselves with meaningful work opportunities. This way these single mothers can provide the special care for their children and never return back to prison.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

The beneficiaries are the single mothers and their children who are serving time in 7 Turkish prisons. The mothers will benefit from the special range of entrepreneurial skills that they will gain during the trainings, giving them a chance to start an independent new life with enough resources to take care of their own children. The children will also benefit from the special care and trainings that will be given to them, making them stronger and more resilient to become healthy and productive young citizens of Turkey.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

When we started the project approximately 60 mothers, 60 prison staff and 60 children are targeted at the beginning. By the end of the project, our local partner had gone beyond our expectations by training and coaching 1020 mothers, 810 children, 500 prison staff in total. In the Phase 3 of the project we want to make sure that when these mothers leave these 7 prisons with their children, they will live and work in safe and healthy environments free from violence and crime. The idea will lead to long-lasting outcomes where we will have safer communities in Turkey where violence and crime will be drastically reduced over time. The idea will help catalyze positive changes in the lives of the mothers and their children and lead to wider systemic positive change across Turkey.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

We have been working with 0-6 children over the past 3 years that come from low-income families across Turkey. Once the Phase 3 project idea is implemented, it will change their lives as we will create the sustainable livelihoods for their mothers.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

Once Phase 3 of the project idea is fully operational we can scale up our impact from the 1020 mothers and 810 children trained during Phase 2 of the project. Within 1 year we can reach a significant number of end-users and double the impact of the Born Free project idea on the no of mothers and children coached and trained in all the 7 Turkish prisons where we have been working over the past 3 years.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

In order to make the project feasible we have been supporting the psychologists and staff working in the 7 Turkish prisons. Our aim was to organize trainings and support activities for the psychologists who are working with the mothers in these prisons. With this intervention, the psychologists working in prisons in each target city’s prison were invited to İstanbul for support activities. This was executed as a 5 day intensive training where both theoretical and applied sessions was given by the expert trainers of TOÇEV’s network. A total of 15 staff were chosen for this activity and most of them were psychologists and prison guards. This training has also been repeated through the end of Phase 2 of the project to evaluate the outcomes and covering the missing parts that have been observed in prisons. For the trainers, the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee made a selection with the following criteria. Experience in working with disadvantaged groups: • Experience in training • Willingness to collaborate with NGOs at their work place The following are the topics of the trainings performed by the psychologists and the TOÇEV team. Topics of the trainings are as follows: • Learning facilitation • Group dynamics • Coaching skills • Anger management training • Nonviolent communication training • Personal development training The outcome was 2 special trainings lasting for 5 days each impacting 15 prison staff, including psychologists, guardians and others.

Tell us more about you (3000 characters)

In the Phase 2 of the project, the Turkish project team started to conduct training and individual support activities for children and mothers in prison and prison officers. Raising children in an environment that always tends towards negativity is challenging especially for mother herself who is depressed and maybe in angry situations. Within Phase 2 of the project, a special training program was implemented by psychologists, sociologists and child development experts from universities within the network of TOÇEV. All trainings were conducted in 7 selected prisons from different cities as advised by Ministry of Justice-General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses. These prisons are as follows: • Bursa Yenişehir Kadın Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Burhaniye T Tipi Kapalı ve Açık Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Balıkesir L Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Denizli D Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Denizli Bozkurt Kadın Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Antalya L Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • İstanbul Bakırköy Kadın Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu In Phase 2 of the project we implemented a special programme designed by TOÇEV. The Denver Developmental Scanning test was applied to all children (age 0 to 6) in 7 target prisons to measured personal and social skills of children, language and fine motor and gross motor skills. During these visits, children were observed and mothers were informed about the test and what to do with the test results. These mothers were supported with their behaviours and child raising skills. They received appropriate trainings from TOÇEV team and psychologists. The topics of the trainings are as follows: • Anger management • Self value • Influence of language on perception and behaviour • Visualising a positive future for their children • Personal development and awareness The idea for Phase 3 - Born Free project comes from the Founder of WIF who has implemented projects in many countries creating sustainable livelihoods for at risk communities.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (600 characters)

Yes we have the qualified people and local partners we need to implement Phase 3 of the project that we have described in all the 7 target prisons in Turkey. WIF has been working in partnership with TOCEV in Turkey since 2013 and our collaboration has made an impact in the lives of many mothers, children and prison staff so we want to continue on this journey together for implementing Born Free.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)

We need more strategic partners to work in collaboration with us to help scale up our project and make a deeper impact in the lives of the children and mothers from the 7 target prisons in Turkey that we have been working with over the past 3 years.

Would you like mentoring support?

  • Yes

If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters)

We need mentoring support for our local teams in Turkey who are operating under extreme stress and very difficult conditions.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

[Optional] Biography: Upload your biography. Please include links to relevant information (portfolio, LinkedIn profile, organization website, etc).

WIF http://worldviewimpact.org/projects/ TOCEV https://tocev.org.tr/what_is_our_projects.aspx Civil Society Dialogue http://civilsocietydialogue.org/making-toys-out-of-dish-sponge/

Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)

We have refined our idea through excellent mentorship feedback provided by Jessie Buerlein who is a Federal Innovation Colleague from HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The inputs from Jessie a Public Health Analyst in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she works on emerging early childhood issues and innovative initiatives to promote the health of vulnerable children and families in the US has been most valuable to us in terms of replicating our model of engagement with mothers in Turkey in the US context upon completing Phase 3 of our project which we called Born Free. We believe that the impact we have made in Turkey can now be also used in different states in the US to address similar issues of single mothers serving time in US prisons. Only eight out of the 100 female prisons in the United States has a facility to allow mothers to keep newborn babies. Our model can help young mothers like Jennifer Dumas who was three weeks pregnant when she was arrested for attempted burglary with her boyfriend. She gave birth in prison just days after accepting a plea agreement for her part in the attempted $32,000 heist. She is staying with her daughter Codylynn inside the nursery in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. About 112,000 women are in state and federal prisons, mostly for drug or property crimes. And an estimated 1 in 25 are pregnant when they enter, according to the nonprofit Sentencing Project.

Name or Organization

Worldview Impact Foundation (WIF) is a non profit organisation working to empower young people globally based in London, UK working in partnership with Tüvana Okuma İstekli Çocuk Eğitim Vakfı (TOÇEV) which is a non profit foundation working with children across Turkey and based in Istanbul.

Geography

WIF is based in London, UK but we have been working with our local partner TOÇEV in Istanbul, Turkey since 2013. The implementation of our idea will occur in the 7 Turkish prisons that we have been working with over the past 3 years. However our solution can also be replicated in the US prisons with a bit of modification to fit into the early childhood context of different states where there are no national statistics on the no of babies born to inmates with only eight nurseries in 100 prisons.

What is your stage of development?

  • Advanced Innovator with 3 to 10+ years of experience in ECD

Type

  • Non - Profit

What is the stage of your proposal?

  • Full-scale roll-out: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the users I am trying to reach with my idea. I am ready to expand the pilot significantly.

Describe your submission in one clear sentence

Training mothers in Turkish women's prisons to care for their children under 6 by creating sustainable livelihoods for them after they have served their sentence and replicating our innovative solution to train mothers in US women's prisons.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

We want to continue the life changing work that we have been doing over the past 3 years with our local partner in Turkey targeting mothers and their children in 7 Turkish prisons. Our new strategy is to train the single mothers who are serving time in these 7 prisons by giving them the appropriate vocational qualifications that will enable them start their own enterprises in order to sustain and care for their children in the long term in safer family environments and replicate our model in the US where there are no national laws that allow for incarcerated mothers to stay with their babies.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

In partnership with TOÇEV in Istanbul, Turkey WIF has implemented a special project to trained 608 mothers, 610 children, and 364 officials and guards. Phase 1 of the project called "I Am Free" was completed on 14 January 2016 and Phase 2 of the project called "Free Forever" was completed on 14 August 2017. Now WIF wants to implement Phase 3 of the project called "Born Free" by training the single mother with special vocational education in the prisons and creating sustainable livelihoods for them once they leave prisons reducing the risk for them of re-offending and landing back in prison and destroying the lives of their children. We will train them how to start their own cottage industry businesses which can include: bread making, weaving, organic farming, ecotourism, beekeeping, ecosystem restoration, etc. We believe that all children are Born Free and should not live in prisons so we have to give these mothers a fresh start to rebuild their lives and take care for their children. We want to then replicated our model of engagement to train mothers serving time in US prisons where there is a great need. We know that of the more than 100 women's prisons in the US, there are only eight nurseries. While nearly 100 countries, including South Sudan and France, have national laws that allow for incarcerated mothers to stay with their babies, the US is not among them. We hope that our intervention will help shape new laws and policies to address these sensitive issues in the US.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

There has been a steady rise of single mothers who are serving time with no support from their own families in many Turkish prisons and the US has the same problem too. In the last 3 years we have been supporting the children (age group is 0-6) who are incarcerated with their mothers in 7 Turkish prisons that we have selected to work with in the country. We have been working hard to train the over stressed prison staff and psychologists who are supposed to deal with these children and mothers.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

The “I am free” Project was implemented for 0-6 age group children who stayed with their mothers in prisons by TOÇEV in collaboration with WIF and the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers. The main objective was to enable mothers and children establish a quality relationship, and to help mothers develop better motherhood skills and use their time with their children more effectively. Within the scope of the project, seven prisons were visited regularly every month and trainings were organized for mothers who stay with their children and for officials and guards in the facilities. The “I am Free” Phase 1 Project ended with a press and closing meeting in Istanbul on January 14, 2016. TOÇEV’s Vice Chairman of the Board Betül Mermertaş was very happy for implementing the project they had been dreaming of for five years and they would continue working on the same topic through the grant received under Civil Society Dialogue’s fourth phase. The Phase 1 of project trained 608 mothers, 610 children, and 364 officials and guards in 10 months. The Branch Manager from the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers, Emrullah Özger said that while public resources existed on one side of the services provided for 0-6 age group children who stay with their mothers in prisons, civil society organizations existed on the other side. Phase 2 of the project included prison visits twice a month during 12 months which was later changed because the time schedule changed due to the military coup in July 2017. The Denver Developmental Screening Test was applied on every child in the 7 prisons and necessary actions were taken for the children showing risky development elements. Over 20,180 km of driving was covered by the local team to coach and train 1020 mothers, 810 children and 500 prison guards in all the 7 Turkish prisons. The “Free Forever” Phase 2 Project ended with a press and closing meeting in Istanbul on August 14, 2017. We the momentum we have built and the success we have created in the 7 Turkish prisons over the past 3 years, we now have a new strategy for Phase 3 of the Project called "Born Free". We want to engage with the mothers creating sustainable livelihoods for them by training them on a range of entrepreneurial skills before they leave prison to make sure they can support themselves with meaningful work opportunities. This way these single mothers can provide the special care for their children and never return back to prison. We believe that our idea can be scaled up and replicated in US women's prisons where more than 112,000 women are serving time in both state and federal prisons, mostly for drug or property crimes. Campaigners claim allowing a mother to remain with their baby behind bars may reduce the chance of reoffending when they are released. But others argue prison is not an appropriate place to rear a child. We believe that the focus should be on what's best for the baby and so we need to train the mothers with special skills to sustain and care for their babies while serving time in prison and beyond when they leave and reenter the world of work.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

The beneficiaries are the single mothers and their children who are serving time in 7 Turkish prisons. The mothers will benefit from the special range of entrepreneurial skills that they will gain during the trainings, giving them a chance to start an independent new life with enough resources to take care of their own children. The children will also benefit from the special care and trainings that will be given to them, making them stronger and more resilient to become healthy and productive young citizens of Turkey.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

When we started the project approximately 60 mothers, 60 prison staff and 60 children are targeted at the beginning. By the end of the project, our local partner had gone beyond our expectations by training and coaching 1020 mothers, 810 children, 500 prison staff in total. In the Phase 3 of the project we want to make sure that when these mothers leave these 7 prisons with their children, they will live and work in safe and healthy environments free from violence and crime. The idea will lead to long-lasting outcomes where we will have safer communities in Turkey where violence and crime will be drastically reduced over time. The idea will help catalyze positive changes in the lives of the mothers and their children and lead to wider systemic positive change across Turkey. Once successful scaled up in Turkey we can then replicate our idea to train mothers serving time in US women's prison where is a great need for similar interventions.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

We have been working with 0-6 children over the past 3 years that come from high risk and low-income families across Turkey. Once the Phase 3 project idea is implemented, it will a game-changer for their lives as we will create the sustainable livelihoods that their mothers really need to be independent in keeping their families safe and financially secure.

Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (1500 characters)

We believe that our concept is innovative as this model of engagement with mothers has never been implemented in Turkish prisons before. We believe that giving women control over income that ends inequality everywhere. Hence we want to train these mothers with special skills while there are serving time in these 7 Turkish prisons and monitor their learning experiences. Evidence shows that it is not merely a woman’s increased income, but rather her control over that income that helps her achieve economic empowerment. When a woman holds the strings to the family purse, that family is more likely to thrive. Brazil’s Bolsa Familia Program, which provides cash transfers directly to the female head of households, accounted for up to 25% of Brazil’s reduction in inequality and 16% of its drop in extreme poverty. In many countries around that world women shoulder a greater burden of unpaid work, and have fewer paid work opportunities. Women don’t work less than men; in fact, they often work more. The issue is that their work is unpaid and often unregistered – rearing children and caring for the elderly rarely produces a paycheck. In some regions like South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, women shoulder up to 90% of unpaid care work. It’s time to balance the scales and our disruptive model will be a game-changes in making a difference in the lives of these mothers.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

Once Phase 3 of the project idea is fully operational we can scale up our impact from the 1020 mothers and 810 children trained during Phase 2 of the project. Within 1 year we can reach a significant number of end-users and double the impact of the Born Free project idea on the no of mothers and children coached and trained in all the 7 Turkish prisons where we have been working over the past 3 years. Based on the important mentoring advise we received from Jessie Buerlein at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau we have the potential to scale our idea to reach a significant number of end-users in the United States once it is fully operation in Turkey. The White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health provides an excellent overview of the opioid epidemic and how it impacts women, and women as caregivers, specifically. It mentions the importance of family-centered treatment models, including co-location, as key to effective treatment and recovery for women. Our mentor believes that targeting our intervention to women in residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs, or just providing it as part of a recovery program, would be an amazing application of our work in the United States. This resource touched on some of the components we had discussed for scaling up in the US context: https://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

In order to make the project feasible we have been supporting the psychologists and staff working in the 7 Turkish prisons. Our aim was to organize trainings and support activities for the psychologists who are working with the mothers in these prisons. With this intervention, the psychologists working in prisons in each target city’s prison were invited to İstanbul for support activities. This was executed as a 5 day intensive training where both theoretical and applied sessions was given by the expert trainers of TOÇEV’s network. A total of 15 staff were chosen for this activity and most of them were psychologists and prison guards. This training has also been repeated through the end of Phase 2 of the project to evaluate the outcomes and covering the missing parts that have been observed in prisons. For the trainers, the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee made a selection with the following criteria. Experience in working with disadvantaged groups: • Experience in training • Willingness to collaborate with NGOs at their work place The following are the topics of the trainings performed by the psychologists and the TOÇEV team. Topics of the trainings are as follows: • Learning facilitation • Group dynamics • Coaching skills • Anger management training • Nonviolent communication training • Personal development training The outcome was 2 special trainings lasting for 5 days each impacting 15 prison staff, including psychologists, guardians and others.

Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (1500 characters)

We believe the our business model of investing in mothers will succeed on the market and bring back great social returns on investments over a long period of time. Following the Grameen Bank model of engagement we know that when you teach a women the whole villages benefits as mothers always consider taking care of the well being of their children first before themselves. “Women are better suited for baby-making than money-making.” It sounds ridiculous today, but myths like this – based on no scientific evidence – drove the decisions of our forefathers (and foremothers) for generations. Even today, around the world girls and women battle commonly held views and beliefs that limit their opportunities and potential. Myths, like the seven listed below, rob women of their power to advance themselves, their families, their communities, and ultimately, their nations. The truth is, women around the world are resourceful economic agents, overcoming persistent, gender-based barriers every day. Women have demonstrated they can build informal and formal businesses out of very little capital, create networks to maximize limited resources, all while shouldering the traditional responsibilities placed upon them, duties like child- and home-care. Women succeed in spite of laws, policies and institutions that hold them back, but it is a constant struggle. It is time to create supportive environments for women to thrive economically, and bust these myths once and for all.

HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (1500 characters)

We have incorporated a human centered perspective in our design by using the valuable feedback that we got from all our local partners in Turkey, our friends and supporters from around the world who have taken time to share their inputs on this open ideo platform. We had a team meeting and realised the importance of monitoring our impact and measuring our success over the lifetime of the project, and therefore approached and Route2 Sustainability in the UK as our partner to develop the cost and benefit impact assessment model for us once we secure additional funding to scale up our project idea. We have also refined our idea through excellent mentorship feedback provided by Jessie Buerlein who is a Federal Innovation Colleague from HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The inputs from Jessie a Public Health Analyst in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she works on emerging early childhood issues and innovative initiatives to promote the health of vulnerable children and families in the United States has been most valuable to us in terms of replicating our model of engagement with mothers in Turkey as we scale with the help of our partners in the United States after completing Phase 3 of our project which we called "Born Free".

Tell us more about you (3000 characters)

In the Phase 2 of the project, the Turkish project team started to conduct training and individual support activities for children and mothers in prison and prison officers. Raising children in an environment that always tends towards negativity is challenging especially for mother herself who is depressed and maybe in angry situations. Within Phase 2 of the project, a special training program was implemented by psychologists, sociologists and child development experts from universities within the network of TOÇEV. All trainings were conducted in 7 selected prisons from different cities as advised by Ministry of Justice-General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses. These prisons are as follows: • Bursa Yenişehir Kadın Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Burhaniye T Tipi Kapalı ve Açık Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Balıkesir L Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Denizli D Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Denizli Bozkurt Kadın Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • Antalya L Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu • İstanbul Bakırköy Kadın Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu In Phase 2 of the project we implemented a special programme designed by TOÇEV. The Denver Developmental Scanning test was applied to all children (age 0 to 6) in 7 target prisons to measured personal and social skills of children, language and fine motor and gross motor skills. During these visits, children were observed and mothers were informed about the test and what to do with the test results. These mothers were supported with their behaviours and child raising skills. They received appropriate trainings from TOÇEV team and psychologists. The topics of the trainings are as follows: • Anger management • Self value • Influence of language on perception and behaviour • Visualising a positive future for their children • Personal development and awareness The idea for Phase 3 - Born Free project comes from the Founder of WIF who has implemented projects in many countries creating sustainable livelihoods for at risk communities.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)

Yes we have the qualified people and local partners we need to implement Phase 3 of the project that we have described in all the 7 target prisons in Turkey. WIF has been working in partnership with TOCEV in Turkey since 2013 and our collaboration has made an impact in the lives of many mothers children and prison staff so we want to continue on this journey together for implementing Born Free. We welcome partners from the US to join us in our journey in Turkey and help build a bridge to the US.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)

We need more strategic partners from the United States to work in collaboration with us to help scale up our project and make a deeper impact in the lives of the children and mothers from the 7 target prisons in Turkey that we have been working with over the past 3 years. We want to replicated our model of engagement to train mothers serving time in US women's prisons once we have achieved significant scale in Turkey.

Would you like mentoring support? [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

  • Yes

If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters) [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

We need mentoring support for our local teams in Turkey to help facilitate exchange of learning experiences between Turkey and the United States.

Mentorship: How was your idea supported? [Relevant only for our early submission participants] (1500 characters)

We have refined our idea through excellent mentorship feedback provided by Jessie Buerlein who is a Federal Innovation Colleague from HHS/HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The inputs from Jessie a Public Health Analyst in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she works on emerging early childhood issues and innovative initiatives to promote the health of our nations vulnerable children and families has been most valuable to us in terms of replicating our model of engagement with mothers in Turkey in the US context upon completing Phase 3 of our project which we called Born Free. We believe that the impact we have made in Turkey can now be also used in different states in the US to address similar issues of single mothers serving time in US prisons. Only eight out of the 100 female prisons in the United States has a facility to allow mothers to keep newborn babies. Our model can help young mothers like Jennifer Dumas who was three weeks pregnant when she was arrested for attempted burglary with her boyfriend. She gave birth in prison just days after accepting a plea agreement for her part in the attempted $32,000 heist. She is staying with her daughter Codylynn inside the nursery in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

[Optional] Biography: Upload your biography. Please include links to relevant information (portfolio, LinkedIn profile, organization website, etc).

WIF http://worldviewimpact.org/projects/ TOCEV https://tocev.org.tr/what_is_our_projects.aspx Civil Society Dialogue http://civilsocietydialogue.org/making-toys-out-of-dish-sponge/

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Hi Brem, we’ve had a chance now to review your project. Looks like a really important project for mothers, children, and prison staff in Turkey (and beyond).

A few thoughts:

1) It would make a difference, we suppose, what city the women will go to after they leave prison, as beekeeping and other village-based skills may not serve them well in Istanbul/Ankara.

2) Also, would it be advantageous to be more specific in the types of supports you’ve provided, especially to children? It seems many supports to children have been indirect (through helping mothers), though the Denver assessment, and care/trainings have also supported them, it seems, though this is left rather abstract (and a bit unclear) in the proposal.

3) And if it were me, I’d be more personal—about you and your organisation—on the question “Tell us more about you (3000 characters)” (rather than discussing the project…). But that’s just how I would have interpreted the question.

Hope this is helpful, and hope your work continues successfully.

John F

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