Khulisa’s programmes have been introduced in over 35 correctional facilities around South Africa. Over 25,000 ex-offenders have directly benefited from Khulisa’s programmes. Over 20,000 prisoners have benefited from Khulisa In-Prison Peer Education Programme.
Khulisa’s Restorative Justice Programmes are viewed as one of South Africa’s Best Practice Models. A minimum of 800 restorative justice cases have been mediated by Khulisa staff in various provinces over the past 4 years.
The organisation has introduced its MIB Programme to 25 areas nationally. The 500 youth leaders developed through the programme have, in turn, worked with over 135,000 members of their respective communities. Khulisa’s MIB Programme has been sighted as a Best Practice Model by the UNODC with a
Khulisa’s MIB Programme has been sighted as a Best Practice Model by the UNODC with a publication of 20 South African youth initiatives being released in late 2006.
Diversion programmes are running in 18 areas in 4 provinces. Through these programmes over 6,000 children have been successfully diverted from the criminal justice system since the programme’s inception in 2001. The success rate is over 90%.
Khulisa has developed an integrated approach to restorative justice which has been acknowledged internationally as a Best Practice Model focusing specifically on serious and violent crimes.
During the former part of 2006, through the implementation of community crime prevention training in KwaZulu Natal, over 20,000 members of the community were involved in training in order to participate in crime prevention programmes, at a community level.
Khulisa’s programmes have been accredited by the Department of Correctional Services Quality Assurance Management Team.
Future expansions currently under review include opportunities in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, the UK and other Southern African countries.
Lesley Ann van Selm appeared in the fifth edition of the prestigious Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2009/2010, in association with Nedbank.
Both Khulisa and its programme beneficiaries have been nominated for and have won a number of awards. These include:
2012: NOMS PSO4350 (Effective Regime Interventions) – Silence the Violence
2015: Milestones Mentoring has Approved Provider Standard&; from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation
2015: Outstanding contribution to promoting the strategic aims of the Criminal Justice Alliance;
2016: Face It is listed on the Youth Justice Board&# Library of Effective Practice (renewed)