Health is one of the most critical factor in human lives. According to the Department of Health, despite the significant improvements in the domestic economy, inclusive growth remains very elusive and families are below the poverty threshold. The disparity of resource reflects the high inequality in many health outcomes and these can be attributed by multiple social factors.
The constraints in health and development can be attributed with the parent behind bars. In many cases, the outcomes in health of the families of incarcerated individuals becomes their greatest concern. Basic needs of the family become increasingly difficult to meet especially for families with modest means. It is in this context that the Philippine Jesuit Prison Service Foundation, Inc. (PJPSFI) come to the aid of these family members.
PJPSFI is a socio-pastoral apostolate of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines based in New Bilibid Prison with a mission to end the culture and cycle of violence using education as a primary social change tool. Thus, PJPSFI serves not just children of inmates through education and catechism, their family lives are also greatly enriched because of the various programs and services it offered.
Improving the health of inmates and inmates’ children and wives is one responsibility among many in the fight against poverty. Addressing these inequity in health is therefore necessary in order to rebuild their lives, rekindle hop and become productive members of the society.
Should you wish to take part in this mission, please don't hesitate to call 659-0513.