Who Are We?
Who We Are
Established in 1992 as a human rights organization to address the rights, needs and dignity of prisoners, CAPIO was formally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2003. The organization started off as part of the apostolate of the Order of Discalced Carmelite (OCD) Friars in Enugu State and has plans to leverage on the presence of the Carmelites in other States to expand the work of CAPIO. The inspiration for the work is derived from the fact that all human beings are created in God’s image and likeness with equal dignity and rights. CAPIO also strives to fulfill the demands of Matt.25:35-36, “…I was in prison and you came to me”.
What We Do?
What CAPIO Does
CAPIO works as a not-for-profit, change-development organization advocating and promoting genuine justice and prison sectors reforms and contributing to improve the general welfare of prisoners in Nigeria. CAPIO commits to the call for justice through advocacy for legal reforms and penal codes’ reviews; through provision of free medical and legal services; and through compassionate obligation in helping prisoners while in and out of prisons. CAPIO’s interventions over the years have focused mainly on the provision of basic needs of prisoners; free legal and medical services; rehabilitation of prisoners; and cooperation with other Human Rights Organizations to advance the course of justice. CAPIO’s work has been executed under the four program components of Legal, Medical, Social welfare and Rehabilitation.
The Values That Govern Our Organization
CAPIO Core Values
Core Values (Acronym NATIVES)
a. Non-discriminatory: We offer our services and do not discriminate or segregate in any form- be it on the basis of religion, race, ethnic group, sex, or social status.
b. Accountability: We are accountable first to God, and are open in our dealings with our partners, donors, and supporters. We equally expect same from our stakeholders.
c. Team Spirit: We believe that working together in unity of purpose, we can achieve greater results.
d. Integrity: We will do our best to be upright and maintain our good name which is more precious than gold.
e. Volunteerism: We pursue an altruistic course, to which people can willingly commit to and get fulfilled.
f. Excellence: We give the best of our services, and do not compromise quality even when the services are offered free (pro bono) to beneficiaries.
g. Selfless Service: We render our services out of genuine compassion and without expectations of worldly gains/rewards.
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