Mrs. Carolyn Wasabulu, a 47-year-old from Pango Village, Efate Island, is embracing a new beginning after serving a 6-year and 10-month sentence for Intentional Homicide.

Released on parole on August 19, 2023, her positive participation in rehabilitation, especially in sewing programs, played a key role in her early release.

While at the Correctional Centre, Mrs. Wasabulu actively took part in various rehabilitation and life skills programs, focusing on sewing. Despite facing challenges upon returning home, including cyclone damage, she remains determined to rebuild her life.

Following her sentence work plan with the Probation Officer, Mrs. Wasabulu plans to start a sewing business for financial support.

She sees this as a dream and a crucial step towards achieving her life goals.

Reflecting on her journey, Mrs. Wasabulu acknowledged criticism but stressed that it fueled her determination to transform.

Rehabilitation programs, particularly sewing, not only provided her with income-generating skills but also occupied her time positively, reducing the risk of re-offending.

Encouraging fellow parolees and young women, Mrs. Wasabulu emphasises the importance of embracing life skills for personal development, community integration, and self-reliance.

Special thanks go to Mrs. Janet Kaltovei and Mrs. Asred for contributing sewing machines and skills. Mrs. Wasabulu expressed gratitude to the Department of Correctional Services for facilitating her learning.

While on parole until 2027, Mrs. Wasabulu’s newfound skills serve as a foundation for staying focused on her goals and avoiding activities that may lead to re-offending.

Her message underscores the need to support rehabilitative programs, with Probation community services welcoming contributions to aid parolees.

Anne Pakoa, a human rights activist, commends the Vanuatu Correctional Services (VCS) for engaging detainees in rehabilitative activities like sewing.

She congratulates Mrs. Wasabulu, emphasising that people shouldn’t judge others solely on their past mistakes.

Mrs. Pakoa encourages detainees to learn and acquire skills for a better life outside.

She urges the public to support and not judge detainees, emphasising the power of sharing skills to help them become better individuals.

According to the VCS, individuals, groups, and agencies can contact Probation officers in Vila at 33230 if they wish to assist parolees.