Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative was established in 1997 at Leeuwkop Prison in response to the need to provide young offenders with an opportunity to use creative arts as a means of self-expression.
Based on storytelling the organisation expanded helping offenders to articulate their stories in order to enable schools, parents and the community at large ‘what went wrong’. Analysis of the hundreds of stories collected over the years all pointed back to the origin of crime, mal-functional families and community systems.
In 2009, a strategic decision was made to reposition the organisation from that focusing on crime to now looking at dealing with the root causes of crime and poverty. Renamed Khulisa Social Solutions the organisation has analysed its experience in working with over two million community members, since its inception 16 years ago, to map out a sustainable approach that could provide a solution to the ever increasing crime and violence factors challenging South Africa.
Khulisa’s vision is a safer, healthier, more prosperous and restored South Africa where all people, especially youth, have access to the information, skills and opportunities they need to contribute to equitable local and national development and avoid involvement in crime, clearly articulates that fundamental to its operations is identifying like-minded partners with whom they can collaborate to deal with the complex problems facing communities from every dimension – rural, semi-urban and urban.
Khulisa has 31 offices nationally and employs 250 staff working in at least 100 rural areas around the country. Over the past 12 months Khulisa has partnered with 188 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) nationally and has reached through multiple programmes, 493 046 youth.
The functional strategy of the organisation is firmly based on, through various scientific methodologies identifying the true needs of the community and while doing so, with inputs from the community itself, assessing the opportunities for grass root level development to address such needs.
Multiple stakeholders are engaged in a process which then unlocks which way multiple partnerships can be embroidered together to work systemically to address the needs through effective planning, monitoring and evaluation systems and effective data management. This is to track progress on an ongoing basis to work towards flawless implementation with systems in place to continuously manage data relevant to the progress of the organisation, the projects and, most importantly the efficacy of the programmes. The management of the data provides all stakeholders with an opportunity to enhance their reputational capital through demonstration of how addressing needs in a systemic way by bringing people together in a collaborative manner can result in leveraging wide scale change.
Over the past four years, Dr Barbara Holtmann’s internationally acclaimed Social Transformation System (STS) Model, a scientific tool to map out community needs and identify suitable collaborations has been adapted to suit several Khulisa programmes nationally. This system has now been adapted for various scenarios including schools as a centre of community, going green, justice restored, stakeholder engagement, strategies, corporate volunteer strategies, as well as a management tool being utilised by Khulisa for staff appraisals, stakeholder analysis and constant reflection on progress against key strategies.
Khulisa United Kingdom (UK) has been established for five years with its programmes being accredited by the National Vendor Management System which enables the organisation to render its programmes throughout UK prisons. It is anticipated that Khulisa’s integrated systemic collaborative-based Restorative Justice Model (JARP) will soon be introduced in the UK.
Khulisa embraces the opportunity to work all NGOs in the country believing that with a symbiotic like-minded approach the needs of the government can be addressed resulting in sustainable collaborative needs-driven grass root capacity building processes.
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