SHINING A LIGHT ON THE SHADOW OF DISADVANTAGE

In February 2014 an innovative, social impact start-up called ‘RAW’ (Reclaim Another Woman) set sail with the goal of breaking New Zealand’s ever-growing cycle of intergenerational offending, educational underachievement, persistent poverty and violence for a group of disadvantaged women.

Our Kaupapa is about providing opportunity and choice where there hasn’t been any. Using a reintegration pathway that values inclusion, community, opportunity, pono, tika and aroha, we are building hope, purpose and prosperity, one mother at a time. We are creating tino rangatiratanga.

THE RAW REINTEGRATION MODEL

RAW’s comprehensive support model involves the provision of safe accommodation, mentoring and community partnerships that enable each parolee to gain an education, find meaningful employment, rebuild relationships with children and family, and ultimately achieve emotional and financial and prosperity.

Annah and Rebecca together

CREATING A CULTURE OF HOPE AND AMBITION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

In 2018, we launched RAW On the Inside at Auckland Regional Women’s Corrections Facility in an effort to create a culture of hope and ambition for a better future earlier in a woman’s rehabilitation journey. Our efforts to date include the introduction of weekly lifestyle and education programmes that provide a stepping stone to more structured and vocational learning opportunities that are also in train.

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?

RAW is an out-of-gate provider for incarcerated women looking for a rehabilitative and integrated pathway to advance a positive and sustainable life change. We offer:

  • One-of-a-kind, personalised, and safe integration pathways
  • Wrap-around support service and connections with social, health, licensing and banking services
  • Therapeutic space designed for recently incarcerated women needing integration support
  • Daily structure
  • Whānau restoration
  • Opportunities for sustainable living
  • Country living, peace, and tranquility
  • A Waikato-based location
  • Sustained support across a lifetime

Meet the organisations supporting Raw

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