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OOPs—Out of Prison

Vimlendu K. Jha, Founder and Executive Director, Swechha; Founder and CEO, Green the Gap
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Vimlendu K. Jha
About “out of prison” (OOP)

Green the Gap in collaboration with Tihar Jail (Asia’s biggest prison) proposes to initiate a training and production collective to produce products out of waste. Some items of the used waste will come from Tihar Jail itself. The project proposes to train and employ up to 50 inmates over a period of 12 month, starting with 15 inmates in the first phase of the project. Green the Gap offers to build the capacities of the inmates in areas of sustainable design and production. The project is designed around 3 key outputs—Sustainability in terms of upcycling waste, livelihood for the prison inmates, capacity building and rehabilitation of the inmates post release from the prison.

Global challenge, GES and OOPs

There are several cross cutting themes/challenges that get addressed through the project OOPs, around sustainability and environment, creating employment, skills for the new wave of globalization and social entrepreneurship. Green the Gap has a proven track record of 4 years on working around the specific themes mentioned above and its association and lineage from Swechha strengthens its belief of furthering the organization and its outreach, in case of OOPs to the largest prison of Asia.

Prospects of success

There is a fair chance that this project takes off and achieves the desired output. At the same time, given the state of Indian bureaucracy and red-tapism, the project might get delayed or face issues in future.

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