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Dr. Kunjumon Chacko: Who care about the unwanted?

drkunjumonchackoPioneer of prison counselling in India and founder of national prison fellowship (now part of Prison fellowship international), worked in 51 countries and all states of India, A UN delegate, international leadership award in 2003

He was in Navi Mumbai to train YMCA counselling centre to tackle with problems facing in prison counselling.

“There is on saint without sinful life and no sinner without hope” Kunjumon Chacko


Dr. Kunjumon Chacko spends his last 40 years in prisons, is an incomparable individual. His passion to help people those are ignored and separate from our society made him known as Chacko sir among prisoners with respect. He visited prisons in 51 different countries and all states in India. He was involved in correction, welfare andrehabilitation activities of prisoners, ex-offenders and their families. He was taking about prisoners in Taloja Jail and need to transform their lives not only in terms of psychological needs by counselling but also by providing externalsupport such as skill development and societal relationships.

He comes from a business background in Kolkata and holds a masters degree in business management. In 1970’s he was exposed to prisoners and their problems in Andhra Pradesh. Jail, police, prisoners and their relationships changed his vision about society and commit his life for their upliftment. Transformed thousands of life, he washonoured by much prestigious international leadership award in 2003, Deshasnehi Award 2011 and many more. He wrote 26 books relatred to these topics.

During his traning sessions in YMCA he explained some of his experiences and instructs counsellors to havepassion to help suffering people. Over the years he focused in different emotional, psychological, physical and societal problems faced by prisoners. He took efforts to correctional and rehabilitation of prisoners around the globe.  He started his works in Kerala state and founded National prison fellowship with like minded people. His works gradually grown, thus spread into different parts of the country and transformed many lives.

He not only focused on prisoners and their problems, but also his family, their existence in society, skill development and rebuilding relationships. The organization has very less number of paid staffswere most of them are volunteers. He worked to provide meditation, literary programs, and education.

“Easy money craze is one of the important problems faced by prisoners and we have to tackle with such problems. Prisoners are not aliens with corrupted mind. They are humans like us, but due to some circumstances or problems they gone wrong. Poverty and liquor are the great stimulation for criminal activities. Ignorance and separation fromthe society is another problem faced by these people.


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