From prison to a better life

By Sergio Razafindramanana

I was put in prison for stealing vanilla. Now I’m working, I make cinder blocks and I have no reason to go back to jail.

I want to work because there’s no future for me in prison. I never want to steal from other people again.

I’d like to help my friends so that they don’t do what I did. I feel I have a duty to advise them.

I was in the jail in Antalaha, and there I got training.  I did it, I learned to be a bricklayer and I earned a diploma.

In prison we learned to make cinder blocks, how to lay them to make a wall, how to lay foundations, make casings and posts. We built small houses, a small kitchen. We learned a lot of stuff in prison.

After I finished the training I came back to my village. I tried to apply what I learned and to make cinder blocks.

My uncle is a bricklayer, he’s got experience in this field and does what he can to help me get materials.

As soon as the pandemic’s over I’ll go back to making cinder blocks.

Sergio, from Madagascar, was 16 when he was jailed. He’s one of the beneficiaries of the SAVABE project. Now he’s 18 and working as a bricklayer. He lives with his grandfather.

Source: ILO Voices

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