Who we are and what we do
Khulisa Social Solutions is an NGO that addresses social vulnerabilities as a systemic problem. Through multiple partnerships and internationally-acclaimed best-practice programsmes, we build capacity for grass-root motivated upliftment. All our interventions have demonstrable social impact.
We work with a variety of role-players including corporations, NGOs and government to co-ordinate and facilitate projects that engage poverty alleviation, crime reduction, victim empowerment, enterprise development and community upliftment.
A COLLABORATIVE CORPORATE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME:
MANDELA MONTH AND BEYOND
Khulisa is introducing a Collaborative Corporate Volunteer Programme (CCVP) which concentrates on developing and managing new collaborative partnerships with other like-minded organisations. Khulisa Social Solutions, in conjunction with community involvement employees, aims to create a true transformation in the lives of deprived people by means of authentic, powerful and sustainable actions.
Through our systemic approach we are able to negotiate opportunities with corporate partners to encourage a long-¬term skills-specific commitment, thereby enabling companies to gauge and acknowledge the contribution made by their employees and families on a voluntary basis. It is the intention of Khulisa Social Solutions that those who volunteer for our programme should be provided with an opportunity to grow and learn. Our programme hinges on the principle of inclusive and participatory interaction with multiple organisational and community-based stakeholders. We therefore jointly address community needs from a viewpoint of what is really required, rather than what communities would ideally like to have.
We have identified a number of opportunities for corporate staff engagement. We would appreciate the opportunity, at your earliest convenience, to discuss the possible involvement of your company in our volunteer programme. This could be achieved by a meeting, or by sending a summary of our requirements to you.
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"Silence the Violence" Programme
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“Silence the Violence” takes participants on a journey of discovery in which they become aware of the extent of their own violence, where it comes from, and effective non-violent choices. The programme illustrates how violence (which is not always physical) is ingrained in our culture and belief systems and how it emerges in daily interactions. Participants learn practical ways to minimise violent behaviour.
Recycle Aftercare Programme
This is a 16 week programme that prepares participants for reentry into their communities by developing a proper code of healthy values and social skills through engaging with their family- and communities members.Read More
The programme consists of two sections:
Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking Programme
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The Khulisa Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking Programme is a holistic and integrated programme that combines Khulisa’s community development, rehabilitation and reintegration programmes with restorative justice, peacemaking and conflict resolution processes.
This programme has dealt mainly with serious violent crime and targeted incarcerated, pre and post release offenders. In its pilot phase the programme was initiated in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands from 2006 to July 2007. Facilitated dialogue brought together victims and offenders, offenders and their families, victim’s families and offenders’ families, offenders and their communities and numerous other combinations.
Restorative Justice is a philosophical approach for responding to crime. Its primary concern is the repair of harm caused by a criminal act or wrongdoing– including the harm that ripples out to affect secondary victims, families, and communities – and an offender’s obligation to make amends for that harm. Restorative processes bring together those who have a stake in a particular offence to collectively and collaboratively identify harms, needs and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible. These processes include victim offender mediation, community conferencing and circles.
Victims benefit from…
• Telling the full story of how the wrongdoing has affected them
• Expressing their anger and pain directly to the person responsible
• Feeling more powerful and in control of life
• The opportunity to receive restitution for damage and losses
• Getting answers to questions about the crime and why it occurred
• Putting a face to the person who committed the crime
• Seeing genuine remorse in the offender
• Decreased fear as a result of seeing the offender as a person
• Experiencing closure
Offenders benefit from. . .
• Seeing the human costs of his/her crime
• Expressing their repentance
• Taking responsibility for their actions
• Participating in decisions about how to make things right
• The self-respect that comes from making amends
• Decreased fear of retaliation
• Experiencing closure
Communities benefit from. . .
• A greater sense of connection amongst people
• Involvement in solving problems related to crime
• Community building, as they implement solutions
• Stronger and healthier communities in the long term
• Decreased fear of crime
• Being better understood by community members
• Having practical alternatives to incarceration
• Having an alternative place to deal with difficult cases
• Reduce demand on probation officers and courts
• Lower caseloads from reduced recidivism
• Potentially lower court/probation costs
Collaborative Conflict Resolution
While restorative justice responds to wrongdoing, conflict resolution, or alternate dispute resolution, deals with disputes where people come together to deal with different points of view. Conflict resolution creates a safe space for people to deal with misunderstandings and difference in a productive non-adversarial manner. The most commonly used processes of conflict resolution include community mediation and negotiation. Collaborative conflict resolution helps the people involved in a conflict to work together toward a solution.
• It helps each party explain what matters about the conflict.
• It helps each party understand, and be understood by, the other party in the conflict
• It provides an alternative approach to dealing with disputes to the adversarial court system
• It transforms the way disputants deal with differences
Peacemaking is used both as preventive measures as well as means of responding to conflict by building and nurturing communities of tolerance and mutual understanding.
• It assists in creating understanding and a culture of mutual assistance and nonviolent means of communication
• It encourages and nurtures empathy
• It encourages collaborative and collective self-help
• It assists in the reintegration of both victims and offenders that have been affected by crime and violence
• It assists community development
Programme Aims and Objectives
• Reduce recidivism by assisting in the rehabilitation of incarcerated offenders
• Assist in the healing of victims, offenders, families, and community members who have been affected by crime
• Aid in the repair and rebuilding of relationships damaged by wrongdoing
• Facilitate the peaceful reintegration of offenders into their communities, through dialogue with their victims, families and communities
• Empower communities to assume more responsibility for dealing with conflict and crime
• Contribute to the development of standards of best practice, and to develop training materials that encourage best practice
• Share research finding with restorative justice advocates, practitioners and other interested parties
• Help make justice more meaningful and accessible to the public, particularly to disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups such as women and children
• Participate in the formulation of an integrative model of justice more familiar with African values and customs
• In its pilot phase the programme delivered an impressive 42 processes in one year.
• A study done by an eminent international restorative justice expert reveals a very high rate of satisfaction amongst all participants: victims, offenders, families and community
• It demonstrated that restorative processes are effective in bringing healing to all the above participants
• It demonstrated that restorative processes are capable of assisting in the rehabilitation and successful reintegration of offenders
Seven years into his 25 year prison sentence for the murder of his wife, Johannes Jacobs met with Khulisa’s Restorative Justice team and began the emotional journey to accept full responsibility for his actions and make amends with his wife’s family. “Prison had made me so hard, hard enough to want to be violent again when I came out. But when I opened up to the Khulisa RJ team, they organised, together with DSC staff, for me to meet with my wife’s family who told me how they had also suffered because of my actions, and what they needed to make peace with me. It was hard to hear, but not as hard as living with my guilt and having no way to make right. This way, we’ve all found closure.”
Shine Womens Empowerment Programme
The SHINE Women Empowerment group therapy programme is focused on post trauma intervention and is developed around the model of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG).Read More
3 Kinds of posttraumatic growth processes forms part of the programme and includes the following:
1. Strength through suffering
Produces confidence in facing further difficulties
2. Existential re-evaluation
Produces a sense of wisdom, life satisfaction and purpose in life
3. Psychological preparedness
Involves creating a rebuilt assumptive world to withstand future
shocks to the system
Free to Be Me Puppet Programme - sponsored by the National Lottery
The People Puppet Programme was developed with the aim to allow children at risk to voice their emotions, dela with violent pasts and restore themselves and their communities through the project technique of puppet making and performing . Khulisa youth groups will be trained to make the puppets, write scripts around issues relevant to their areas, and present puppet shows to children in schools.Read More
In 2012 Khulisa will be rolling this out to 10 different rural areas with funding from the National Lottery
Thembisa Youth out of School Ubuntu Club
Khulisa proposed to implement an Ubuntu Club programme targeting youth who are out of school in Phomolong, Tembisa. Through this initiative youth will gain a variety of skills that will enhance personal development and provide a platform for youth to engage in community outreach programmes and community projects.Read More
The programme also develops social entrepreneurship skills that allow participants to practice a variety of skills that are required to start up small ventures. This project has been sponsored by DHL
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