Incarcerated Women (And Their Children)
Nearly all of these women have been charged with drug trafficking. Their sentences are harsh, many of them serving 15-20 years. They often come from impoverished homes and are sought out by drug cartels to transport cocaine produced in the nearby jungle. Children who are under the age of four live with their mothers in the prison. Maki International also aims to support these children both by providing income opportunities for their mothers and by improving conditions and education opportunities.
We have completed several projects in the prison. Our first accomplishment was building a large shade structure in the quad area where the women spend most of their day. Originally there was just a small area of shade that wasn't sufficient. Our next project was supplementing the lavatory facilities that consisted of two cubicles with holes in the ground. We added two additional flushing toilets. Most recently we have completed improvements to the children's area by painting, replacing the tile floor and adding fencing to prevent dangerous falls in the playground area. By making these changes, the state has agreed to send a teacher to the prison for the children every morning.