Beauty for Ashes
Beauty for Ashes (RF) NPC is a registered
non-profit organisation (NPO) working with female offenders while in prison as well as after their release. Beauty for Ashes works in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services to secure successful reintegration after incarceration.
Busi, Miriam and Bianca's story
I found comfort while being at Beauty for Ashes and acceptance and forgiveness in the church. I am so grateful to have received training so I can work, I am so grateful to be connected to God again through going to church. I am thankful to Sunshade too for helping me.’
I am not a learned person. I do not have any qualifications. I was accepted in the church like they are my own family.
They gave me part-time work at the church and they opened doors for me to work in other people’s homes – people who love and trust me. They taught me to love God and I do love him. I am so happy.
I made a mistake in my life – one I will regret forever. Being at Beauty for Ashes helped me know that it is not over for me, that I can study a different career and that I can have a good future. I love going to church as it further helped me to understand forgiveness and the love of God.
A note from Stephanie van Wyk, Founding Director...
The initiative opened a Halfway House Project in 2003 that focuses on the successful reintegration of female offenders into society by offering them a temporary place to stay after their release from prison. Their stay in the halfway house consists of various forms of assistance in order to reach the desired goal of reintegration and rehabilitation. Beauty for Ashes has two
halfway houses in Observatory and has operated throughout the years under the covering of Jubilee Community Church.
During the year 2019 we accommodated 13 women residents. They built better relationships with their children and family during their time with us, while pursuing a deeper relationship with God. Four of the women studied Cosmetology, one completed an NQF learnership in the textile and clothing industry, two trained in nail technology, one obtained work as a child carer, and another procured employment part time at the Jubilee Community church.
We experienced some challenges in 2019. These included financial constraints and number of other setbacks. For the first time in 18 years of ministry we had a burglary! Although this was devastating, we received a generous donation and were able to replace all stolen items and even more. We have been intentional in choosing to focus on the excellent results we have had in the past and are experiencing with our residents right now, and not on the disappointment.