Phoenix Zululand is a non-profit, non-government, donor-funded organisation based in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal.
For 15 years, with the cooperation of the Department of Correctional Services, Phoenix Zululand has offered programme work to inmates in 10 prisons in Zululand, to prepare inmates for re-integration into family, community and society.
Phoenix Zululand was first established in 2003, with headquarters in Eshowe, KZN, as a Quaker-led initiative, in association with other societal interest groups, especially the Anglican Church of South Africa. Over the years, the organisation has developed a strong partnership with the Department of Correctional Affairs in strengthening their prisoner rehabilitation capacities, and in modelling processes of healing through restorative justice.
The Phoenix Bird
In ancient Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a bird that dies by its own act in a fire and then rises again from the ashes.
Who are the Quakers?
Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a faith group rooted in the Christian tradition. Also known as ‘Friends’, Quakers arose in England 350 years ago during a period of religious turmoil. Today Quakers exist in groups or ‘meetings’ around the world. In South Africa Quakers are active in groups around the country.
Quakers believe that there is something of God in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth and equal value. They have worked consistently to fight injustice, notably in the movement to abolish slavery and, in South Africa, the movement to end apartheid.
Quakers often engage in social movements to promote peace, equality and justice. They are particularly active in working for prison reform and enabling prisoner rehabilitation, both within South Africa and internationally.