US Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Mathew Keener visited one of the YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grantee in Iloilo City. Fine Arts Major Organization (FAMO) of the University of San Agustin is one of 21 grant winners of this year’s YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant. Project “Hilway”, means Freedom in hiligaynon dialect, is an arts and storytelling program with the female inmates of Iloilo City Jail.

Together with the US Government Alumni Association of Panay and Guimaras (USGAA – PG), Mr. Keener visited the project site of Project Hilway in Iloilo City Jail – Female Dormitory last April 20, 2018. During the visit, FAMO and the BJMP personnel conducted one of their arts workshop with the female inmates. There were also sharing of insights from the project recipients.

The ‘Inday dolls’ made by the female inmates’ children caught everyone’s attention. (Who sliced some onion there?). It is heartbreaking, and at the same time hopeful to read the messages that goes each doll. Inday dolls, table mats, pillow case and accessories are Hilway Products made by the female inmates. It gives the message that the female inmates can still be mothers to their children even if there are incarcerated.

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