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Welcome to
Beyond Bars
Welcome to
Beyond Bars
Second chances are not given to make things right but to prove we can be better even after a fall 


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Beyond Bars Akademia (BBA) fights the stigma surrounding people formerly incarcerated, by training and empowering women to live a successful career in hospitality and make the right choices in life.

With overcrowded prisons and a 50% youth unemployment rate in South Africa, it is difficult for female former-inmates to secure a sustainable income.

For many of these women, their life experience has been characterized by layer upon abuse, loss, financial and emotional isolation and damaged relationships. The cumulative effect of this context has limited their perceptions of the opportunities the world offers to them.

At Beyond Bars, we give these women hope and opportunities with our specialized, sponsored hospitality training.

This training gives them the qualifications they need to enter the job market, and equips them with the life skills they need to thrive as they re-enter society.