Bibles for prisoners


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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.


  • 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.


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

* Please use reference code: 1504


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