Kahaila-Reflex began in 2012 when Kahaila - a café church based in East London - joined with Reflex - a national youth offending charity - to try and have a positive impact on women in London prisons, with a specialist focus on those aged 18-30.
As a church and charity, we believe wholeheartedly that those in prison deserve a second chance and are worth investing in.
Young women in prison have experienced disproportionate levels of rejection and suffering - often by people in their life that they should have been able to rely on. These experiences not only have a huge impact on their behaviour, but also on their understanding of themselves and what they have to offer society.
We are committed to helping women in prison to discover that they have intrinsic worth and something to offer; empowering them to move forward into positive futures.
Since 2012, Kahaila-Reflex have been supporting women in prison to take control of their lives and make positive change.
Kahaila-Reflex are a faith based organisation. Our Christian faith inspires us in the work we do, it shapes our values as a project and guides the way we interact with the women we work with - who are from all faiths or none.
These are the values that make up the foundation of our work:
We believe that God loves every person equally no matter who they are or what they’ve done. This is something we seek to emulate in the work we do – treating everyone equally with love, kindness and compassion.
INVESTing in the INDIVIDUAL
Everyone is different and everyone is unique. At Kahaila-Reflex we aim to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual we work with; not trying to get them to fit a mould but making sure all our interventions are flexible and can be adapted to suit each individual, helping them to flourish in their own way.
We recognise that every woman we work with is on a journey and we are just one part of that journey. Journeys of long-lasting change take time. Everyone moves at a different pace and people will back track sometimes. With this in mind we try to characterise our work with qualities of patience and grace – being willing to give people the chance to start over and not giving up on them.
We believe restoration is at the heart of the Christian faith and who God is. We hope that our work will reflect this by beginning to repair some of the damage done in the lives of so many of these women; helping them to discover their value, worth and talent, so that they may feel restored in the way they view themselves and others.
We have seen that, for many young women in prison, the Christian faith is not something they are interested in or have ever thought much about. At Kahaila-Reflex, we aim to provide opportunities and a safe space for young women to explore questions of faith if that is something they are interested in.