About Khulisa Australia
What do we do?
Khulisa comes from the Zulu language and means ‘to nurture’.
Khulisa’s aim is solve complex social problems, with the focus on prisoners, as their life has been the result of social disadvantaged, exclusion and crime. In order to break this negative cycle, Khulisa works with at-risk youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners to understand and tackle the root-cause of their violent and anti-social behaviours.
Khulisa Australia will launch Silence The Violence and Dare to Dream. We provide intensive therapeutic support and mentoring, which builds self-awareness and emotional resilience. By equipping people with the tools to choose alternatives to violence and crime, we provide a way out and a chance to feel safe and well. In doing so, we transform their lives and enable them and their communities to truly thrive and flourish.
Khulisa was founded in 1997 in South Africa and has been operating in the UK for over 10 years. Khulisa Australia was founded in February 2017 and will be operating in Uganda this year.
Over the last two decades Khulisa has developed programs for the local and international market, for government departments and international funders. Many of the programs are award winning and have been acclaimed as best practise models.
Sonja was born in Germany and has embarked on a rather adventurous life journey. Having had the lived experience of homelessness as a teenager, Sonja emphasises strongly with disadvantaged young people.
In order to make sense of this world Sonja has travelled extensively, lived in different parts on this planet and has developed a deep understanding of different cultures and customs. She has a deep passion for social justice and most of her work has had a focus on social justice and creating sustainable future.
Her journey with Khulisa started 20 years ago, when the South African Khulisa team came to Australia on a promotional tour, ‘Co-habitating in Harmony’ and ‘Bring Back the Story’. One of the main focus of this tour was to connect with Aboriginal people and compare Indigenous stories.