As part of this year’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurial Week, the Bordelais Correctional Facility will be hosting an exhibition, aimed at bringing the creative and innovative ideas of inmates to life.
The idea behind the exhibition is to create local awareness that anyone can aspire to become an entrepreneur.
Programme Manager at the Saint Lucia Bordelais Correctional Facility, Casilda Rosemond-Severin, says this is an opportunity to change the lives of many aspiring inmates and to allow them to foresee their potential as entrepreneurs.
“We want to create networks between Bordelais and other organizations so that when the inmates leave Bordelais that negative stigma which is usually attached to individuals with a criminal record and also because they lack formal education; most of them lack formal education. We want the public to receive them, so by inviting various key partners, various organizations, like the hotels. I would be happy if the hotel managers can come so they can partner with the inmates upon release in terms of creating various items for the tourists because there’s lots of creativity inside the inmates so it is not just only crime. It is a matter of giving them a second chance so that they won’t have to go back to that life of criminality to earn an income.”
Severin also urged the public to attend the exhibition and view the work of the inmates as this she believes will instil a sense of joy and belonging in the men and women of the facility.
The celebration, which is expected to take place on November 15, will feature a showcase of talents through dance, musical and poetic renditions and display of locally made products.