Restore hopes to challenge those within the prison and outside that a different way of thinking about crime is needed. Recognising survivor, offender and community all have needs and have a voice on the journey of healing in South Africa.
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Describe in detail what your Organisation does:
Restore is a charity set up in South Africa in 2012 to deliver Restorative Justice courses for young offenders in Cape Town’s Pollsmoor Prison. After many years of voluntary prison work the founders decided a consistent and systematic program would best tackle the challenges of these young offenders and so Restore was born. Both feel restorative justice encapsulates the gospel message of restoration and reconciliation and their faith is at the centre of their work. Bible parables are often used for drama’s within the programme too. A holistic approach is adopted within the time in prison. Restore has also grown into running leadership and entrepreneurial classes. Another exciting project called Inside Out was started by the inmates, making educational toys to give back to communities. Re-intergration back into society is also part of the work.
How long has your Organisation been operational?
In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?
Working within the bureaucracy of “the system” of prison and the challenge of re-integration when labels still remain on many of our graduates coming out.
Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:
Justice, healing, hope.
Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?
Yes we do. We try and place our graduates in further training and skills development when they come out.
If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?
For shared collaborative office space (part time) where we can meet with the graduates and their families on the outside.
In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?
Fundraising and collaboration.
Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?
Live your dream and don’t give up when obstacles arise.
If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?
Funding. We would love to be more self sufficient and sustainable in funding ideas and generating income.
Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:
There is a great cause out there changing mindsets on prisoner re-integration called the Message Trust. They have a brand called “Gangster” and are changing perceptions and offering those coming out of prison work and hope.
Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?
Courageous, tenacity, love