A non government organization here in Lae is calling on business houses, government departments and kindhearted individuals to support its rehabilitation programme.
Banis Discharged Rehabilitation Services (BDRS), a Non Government Organisation helps prisoners who are released from Buimo Correctional Service to become useful assets in their communities.
The organisation help shape former inmates mentally and connect them to become useful in their respective communities.
Founder and director Maison Mai said they have operated for six years now but have helped less than 200 discharged prisoners due to lack of support.
He said with necessary support, they can register discharge prisoners, teach them on mindset changing and help them with capital start ups to go run their interested activities in their own communities.
Maison said the programme is also part of crime prevention where they try to minimise them to recommit a crime.
He said they try to ensure the discharged prisoners go out and become useful assets in their respective communities.
Mai who was also a former inmate, said with the support from the partners, BDRS has successfully backed discharged prisoners with needed support to go do positive activities in their respective communities.
Currently Panamex Pacific Ltd, Lae City Authority, Catholic Church and others are very supportive to the organisation.
One of the discharged prisoners who went through BDRS is Gedion Luio, a 27 years old now running his own taxi business and finance company here in Lae.
So far, BDRS has served 165 prisoners being discharged from Buimo Correctional Service. Out of the total, only four prisoners have been successful and doing well in their communities.
But the organisation now is running down on necessary resources to keep its mission going.
With huge challenges now on lack of finance and resources, the organisation is putting an open call to kindhearted individuals, business houses and government departments to intervene with necessary support in any form which will help in one way or the other to cut down law and order issues.