Khulisa is a Zulu word meaning to nurture.
Our programmes were developed in South Africa over several years and address all aspects of the crime cycle with a focus on community regeneration.
Cycle of Crime and Violence – CSIR (South Africa)
The approach includes diverting youth from the criminal justice system - providing alternatives to imprisonment, helping to foster personal transformation for those in prison and assisting with their transition back to society.
Khulisa Social Solutions in South Africa is an NGO that addresses social vulnerabilities as a systemic problem drawing on a 16-year track record at the forefront of restorative justice, violence-reduction, youth diversion and community revitalisation - and having impacted over one million people since 1997. Through multiple partnerships and internationally-acclaimed best-practice programmes, Khulisa builds capacity for grass-root motivated upliftment. All interventions have demonstrable social impact. Khulisa works in all South African provinces and in both rural and urban areas 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 development. Khulisa manages a number of projects on behalf of its stakeholders ranging from government agencies through corporates to private donors. Projects are designed using a holistic perspective and provide a framework for multi-roleplayer large scale interventions. Projects engage crime prevention, personal and community development programs, business and enterprise development.
Along with European Union funding for the JARP programme, Khulisa was commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to develop a peer drug education programme that is now being replicated in over a dozen sub-Saharan African countries. The UNODC recognised Khulisa in 2006 as a “best-practice model [of] ‘transformational social impact” and has won multiple awards in South Africa.