PROJECTS 2018

 

Bibles for prisoners

  

 
Objective

To supply free Bibles to the Department of Correctional Services for distribution among prisoners.

 

Background
  • Prisons in South Africa are places where the approximately 161 000 prisoners who find themselves there are quite often 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.
  • In 2017, 15 871 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 2018.


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

  

 
Objective

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

 

Background
  • According to Statistics South Africa, 30,4 million South Africans live in poverty. One in every three South Africans live on an income of less than R797 per month, with more women in poverty than men, and children and the elderly the hardest hit. For one in every seven South Africans it means a shortage of food, they must survive on R441 or less per month.
  • According to the latest available figures, 27,7% of the economically active population in South Africa is unemployed.
  • The Bible brings hope, but many people are unable to afford a Bible of their own. Requests pour into our Bible Houses daily of people who would like to receive a Bible of their own or churches that want to help the poor with this.
  • There is a strategy in place to ensure that the Bibles reach the right people.
  • Thanks to this project, 18 291 people unable to afford a Bible of their own, received one in 2017.

 

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?

R700 000 is needed specifically for this project in 2018.


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

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Bible-based literacy project

  

 
Objective

To promote basic literacy, as well as Bible literacy, especially among children in the foundation stages of education through Bible-based literacy material.

 

Background
  • Basic education in South Africa is inadequate. A recent study found that eight out of 10 grade 4 learners were unable to read with comprehension in the language of their choice.
  • 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 two booklets, My first Bible Do and Learn Book and My 2nd Bible Do and Learn Book are available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Sesotho, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. The Siswati and isiNdebele material both have proceeded through the test phase and will be published in 2018.
  • Various schools make 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 2017, some 57 000 children received these Bible-based booklets.

 

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?

R1 000 000 is needed to ensure that enough copies of the literacy material are made available free of charge, as well as for the possible development of Book 3 in English in 2018.


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

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Bibles for Grade 7 learners

  

Project top 4

 
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 nearly 900 000 Grade 7 learners in schools in South Africa, some 871 000 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 especially impressionable. 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 2017, 24 611 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?

In 2018, R1 000 000 is needed to present a Bible and a copy of a booklet Help! How should I read my Bible? to Grade 7 learners who cannot afford one of their own.


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

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