NGOs for parolees

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Qinisela: Trains parolees through projects using skills they have learnt in prison – skills like sowing, gardening, soup kitchens and school awareness campaigns. Contact: Nonhlanhla Tshabalala 083 316 1155 or Bongani Ngwenya on 074 235 3426

Tsosoloso: Primarily gives support to families of parolees who have no employed relatives. Support is given through food, clothing, blankets and grants collections. They reintegrate parolees into their former churches and conduct programmes in the different prisons. They offer administrative skills and life skills to prepare parolees for the positives and negatives of the outside world. Contact: Josephine Mhlongo on 083 596 7092

Sekwanele: This is the Ex-convict Integration Association of South Africa. Organises crime awareness campaigns, social and behavioural change programmes in schools, prisons and communities. Their aim is to create behavioural change in people who are either committing crime or at risk of entering a life of crime by training former prisoners to be leaders, entrepreneurs and responsible citizens in communities. Contact: Fana Majola on 011 339 2136

The Salvation Army: Services include Bible correspondence courses, pre-release job-training programmes, employment opportunities in co-operation with parole personnel, material aid, and spiritual guidance to prisoners and their families. Worship services in prisons. Counselling and assistance for crime victims. Contact: 011 953 1291

Dream Team Foundation: An ex-convict association against bullying, gangsterism, substance abuse, crime, violence. It also deals with teenage pregnancy and school dropouts. Contact: Julia Mashele 082 721 1118

The Way to Happiness: Parolees are taught to change their lifestyle from within. “They often have trouble surviving on the straight and narrow so we improve them through training to be trustworthy, competent individuals,” said Gabisile Ngwenya. Contact: Ngwenya on 072 145 2489


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