Elizabeth Adhiambo Olang is a Kenyan national married and blessed with one son. She is a seasoned administrative librarian at an International University in Nairobi, Kenya and also runs her initiative; BELLAN FOUNDATION. Elizabeth is also a discharge board member at Langata women maximum prison, Nairobi Kenya.
“My inspiration comes from the biblical mandate for reconciliation in 2nd Corinthians 5:18-19. The desire in my heart is to contribute to the reconciliation and reintegration of women who are serving or have already served jail term. I want their children as well to be equipped enough to handle opportunities that will later in life give them the chance to live dignified and productive lives.”
My passion is also ignited by an unfortunate incident in my family’s life. In 1998 my husband, then a banker, was wrongfully arrested in connection with a bank robbery at his place of work. Unable to get bail because of the nature of his case, he was in prisons remand for 3 ½ years under a flawed judicial system that saw the case drag to a close in December 2001 proving him innocent. A date as special to our family as we finally reconciled after a frustrating and traumatizing separation that affected us psychologically and emotionally. My little son then 7 years old was much uninformed of what we were going through. We got by in God’s grace and the love & support of my biological sisters and our American family friend from the United States
With that experience, came the greatest lesson which was the value of reconciliation and love towards those subjected to such traumatizing situations in one way or another. The need to emphasize and re-establish relationships between the mothers, who are otherwise condemned for their wrong doing or the innocent mothers who under unfortunate circumstances are unlawfully confined to prisons without anything linking them to the crimes they are accused of and the children who need to reconcile their identity.
In that respect, I resolved to engage my life in service by starting a ministry for women prisoners’ and their children. I am moved by the fact that their mothers have no way to comfort or direct them, just to offer that very special motherly interaction that the children need in whichever way I can. The children have to live with the pain of separation from their mothers. On the other hand it is also inconceivable the agony of the mothers who, while in prison, have to live with the uncertainty of what is happening to their children out there. It is well known that a mothers worries about their children more than anything else.
Bellan Foundation is working in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) particularly on the agendas of Reducing Inequalities, Peace and Justice.
Message from the Founder
Together we can move and make a difference in the World with Christ Centered Mind and transform the lives of the vulnerable women and children in the society.
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8-9 ESV.