PROJECTS 2021

 

 

Bibles for prisoners

  

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Objective

The purpose of this project is to provide Bibles to prisoners free of charge. This is done through the Directorate of Spiritual Care of the Department of Correctional Services and other approved organisations who have access to the prisoners.

 

Background
  • There are 233 prisons in South Africa where approximately 154 450 prisoners are housed. These prisons are often places without hope.
  • Problems are the order of the day:
        -   Overcrowding causes serious crises in the prisons, there are only 120 567 beds available.
        -   Infectious diseases are common, among other things, HIV/Aids.
        -   Violations of human rights also occur, for example violence by and against prisoners.
  • The Bible brings hope and therefore the Bible Society allocates funds for free Bibles for prisoners annually.
  • The Directorate of Spiritual Care of the Department of Correctional Services manages the distribution of these Bibles that become the property of the prisoners.
  • Starting this year, part of the Bible Society’s donation will be made available to organisations like Kairos Prison Ministries and World Hope Ministries. Prisoners will receive Bibles at the completion of courses offered by these organisations.
  • In 2020, 4 888 prisoners received a Bible of their own thanks to this Bible Society project.

 

Expected impact
  • The Bible brings comfort and hope to those who have been deprived of their freedom.
  • The Bible can make a contribution in the rehabilitation process and encourage prisoners to live crime free after serving their sentences.

 

How can you help?

Every R100 received will help to make Bibles available to prisoners.


Make a difference. Be a sower of hope.

 

DIRECT PAYMENT
Bank: ABSA
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch Code: 632-005

* Please use reference code: 1504

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Bibles for the poor

  

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Objective

To make Bibles available free of charge in a responsible manner to those who are unable to afford it.

 

Background
  • Aproximately 55,5% of South Africans live in poverty.
  • The food poverty line is R585 per person per month. This refers to the amount of money that an individual will need in order to afford the minimum required daily energy intake.
  • The median wage in South Africa is R3 300. It supports 3,5 people (R930 per person or R30 per person per day).
  • The unemployment rate rose to 32,5% in the fourth quarter of 2020, the highest unemployment rate since quarterly data became available in 2008.
  • The Bible brings hope, but many people cannot afford a Bible of their own. On a daily basis requests pour into our Bible Houses from people who would love to receive a Bible of their own or from churches that would like to help the poor.
  • A strategy is in place to ensure that the Bible reaches the right people.
  • Thanks to this project, 26 597 people who were unable to afford a Bible of their own, received one in 2020.

 

Expected impact
  • The Bible is placed in the hands of people who desperately need it, but who are unable to afford it.
  • The power of the Living Word will bring comfort and hope to people who sometimes feel that they have been rejected and forgotten by society.

 

How can you help?

Every R100 received will help to make Bibles available to the poor.


Make a difference. Be a sower of hope.

 

DIRECT PAYMENT
Bank: ABSA
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch Code: 632-005

* Please use reference code: 1505

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Bible-based literacy project

  

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Objective

The purpose of this project is to promote basic literacy, as well as Bible literacy, especially among children in the foundation phases of education through Bible-based literacy material.

 

Background
  • Thousands of children in poor areas are not exposed to literacy in the same way as privileged children and they often start their school careers at a disadvantage.
  • After thorough research, the Bible Society developed Bible-based literacy material to promote basic reading and writing skills.
  • The three booklets, My first Bible Do and Learn Book, My 2nd Bible Do and Learn Book and My 3rd Bible Do and Learn Book are now available in all 11 official languages.
  • Various schools make the material available with the approval of foundation phase divisions of education departments. It is also used in pre-primary schools and even Sunday schools.
  • Any person who can read can, with the help of the accompanying manual and flashcards, help others to master these basic skills.
  • Suitable partners (churches, organisations and individuals) help with the implementation of the project.
  • The booklets are made available free of charge to schools and groups that cannot afford it. In 2019, some 170 495 booklets were distributed. This means that thousands of children have had access to these materials.

 

Expected impact
  • While children, some who come from underprivileged households, master the necessary reading and writing skills, they will also hear about Jesus and the Bible from an early age.
  • Many children who receive the booklets come from families where the parents cannot read either. The children take their booklets home and may teach their parents to read.

 

How can you help?

Every R100 received will ensure that enough copies of the literacy material are made available free of charge in 2021.


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DIRECT PAYMENT
Bank: ABSA
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch Code: 632-005

* Please use reference code: 1533

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Bibles for Grade 7 learners

  

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Objective

To make Bibles available free of charge to Grade 7 learners in schools in the poorest parts of our country.

 

Background
  • According to the latest available statistics, there are more than one million Grade 7 learners in schools in South Africa, the vast majority of whom are in state schools.
  • Grade 7 learners are the target group for this project because they can read with understanding. They are at the start of their teenage years and are easily influenced. The biblical message can help to establish a value system which will assist them in making the right choices.
  • The project is managed in a responsible manner. Churches and Christian organisations are particularly used to identify the schools in need of Bibles. Each child also receives a booklet Help! How should I read my Bible?.
  • In 2020, 32 432 Grade 7 learners, in schools mainly in poor areas of our country, received a Bible of their own.

 

Expected impact
  • The living message of the Word can help to anchor these children in their faith.
  • It will help churches and Christian organisations that work with these children, as more children will have Bibles.
  • For some of these children, the Bible they receive is the only Bible in the home.

 

How can you help?

Every R100 received will help to make a Bible and a copy of the booklet Help! How should I read my Bible? to Grade 7 learners who cannot afford one of their own.


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DIRECT PAYMENT
Bank: ABSA
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch Code: 632-005

* Please use reference code: 1535

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