Michael's story- MALAWI

Michael, an orphan and the eldest in a family of four, began stealing to feed and clothe his siblings. He joined a group of notorious robbers, and was eventually caught robbing a bank. At the age of 14 he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with hard labour at Kachere Youth Prison. A prison, which is heavily overcrowded, people sleep crowded together on floors and you are lucky to get one meal a day.

After 3 years of his sentence Michael was sent to Chance For Change for rehabilitation. Here he learnt about choice theory, social responsibility and was supported to write a plan for his future. He decided he wanted to return to school and train to be an accountant. The Salvation Army took Michael and his siblings in. Michael returned to school and now volunteers for the police helping to keep his community secure.