Bibles for prisoners



To supply 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.


  • There are 236 prisons in South Africa where approximately 161 000 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 119 000 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 (R200 000) will be made available to organisations like Kairos Prison Ministries, Alpha South Africa and World Hope Ministries to hand Bibles to prisoners at the completion of courses offered by these organisations.
  • In 2018, 18 748 prisoners received a Bible of their own thanks to this 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?

R700 000 is needed to make Bibles available to prisoners in 2019.

Make a difference. Be a sower of hope.


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

* Please use reference code: 1504


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