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Some Figures
Jul. 2017
Jul. 2018
40 000€
Carrefour Foundation Donation
23 ex-offenders
found a job
30 women
will benefit from the new program

“Wake Up Café” supports women in prison

The charity “Wake Up Café” is working for the rehabilitation of offenders and celebrates its three years anniversary this Friday and keeps on growing. In partnership with Thierry Marx's "Cuisine Mode d'Emploi(s)" and supported by the Carrefour Foundation, the charity is launching a new program of a training in the food sector for women in prison.

“Wake Up Café” fights since 2014 for a successful social and professional reintegration of ex offenders. We must start with a simple observation: the recidivism rate is up to 61% within 5 years after the release, according to the Ministry of Justice. Social isolation, health problems, addictions, low level of qualification are all factors that restrain their reintegration. The objective of the association is to assist these people, by providing individual mentoring for everyone from the moment of release to a sustainable recruitment. Since its creation, the association has helped 23 people to find a job and many others to get involved in an activity that they are passionate about, through artistic and cultural workshops organized in several penitentiary establishments of the region Ile-De-France. Their goal is to give offenders both an improved self-esteem and a desire to move forward in life. It involves painting, writing, music, singing ... which brings the offenders joy and allows them, in the words of the founder Clotilde Gilbert, "to make them feel like their life has a real value".

Partner of “Wake Up Café” since 2016, the Carrefour Foundation has done a new contribution of € 40,000 which will contribute to a new training for women in prison at Fleury Mérogis, the largest European prison.

Innovative and promising, this project imagined with "Cuisine Mode d'Emploi(s)" and encouraged by the Prison Directors, concerns the prison of Fleury-Mérogis and can be duplicated in other prisons later if it’s successful. The training, which will be run by a professional trainer over 12 weeks, should enable 30 women to obtain a Certificate of Professional Qualification before they leave and help to fight against recidivism by encouraging their fast reintegration.


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