The purpose of this project, Bibles for the poor, is to make free Bibles available in a responsible manner to those who cannot otherwise afford one.
Thanks to Bible Society donors who support this project, 28 621 people who otherwise would not have been able to afford it, received a Bible of their own in 2012.
The children of the Trust Feed School in Wartburg in KwaZulu-Natal and the Olympia School for children with learning disabilities in Springs, as well as the young people of a poor community in Pearston in the Eastern Cape are just a few of the communities throughout South Africa which benefited from this project. This project also helped to provide Bibles for farm workers in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape and for the residents of a home for people with severe epilepsy who cannot afford Bibles of their own.
For any number of reasons, poverty in South Africa reaches alarming proportions. About 50% of the South African population can be described as poor, and according to a recent study by the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town, about 60% of South African children live in poverty. This means that they live in household with an income of less than R575 per person a month. According to this research, 26% of children in the poorest 20% of households go to bed hungry, while 37% of them live in places not suitable for human habitation.
The Bible Society of South Africa’s Bibles for the Poor project aims to make the Bible, which offers hope to everyone, available for those who can only dream of a Bible of their own.
A strategy is in place to ensure that free Bibles can be distributed in a responsible manner among the poorest of the poor.
- The Bible will be placed in the hands of people who desperately need it, but cannot afford it.
- The power of the Living Word will in this way bring hope and comfort to people who sometimes feel they are ostracised from society.
R700 000 is needed especially for this project in 2013.
Help the Bible Society to make the Bible with its message of hope available.
Even if you choose to deposit your donation directly into our bank account, we would appreciate it if you would fill in this form as well. Please use your name and 1505 as the reference on the deposit slip.
Bible Society of South Africa
Account number: 260 208 950
Branch code: 632 005
Please complete this form and help the Bible Society to serve different communities through the Bible.
Choose an amount and in this secure way make a contribution that will help the Bible Society to make affordable Bibles available.
(This method uses the Bible Society's 'Safeshop'. This means that your contribution will be processed as a sales transaction but will be recognised and acknowledged as a donation.)