Progress with Sastra Dana for South African Prisons

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Hemant and Aditi: Dear Devotees
please accept our humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

According to statistics, during 2010/2011, more than 2 million cases of serious crime were registered in South Africa. This is one of the highest crime rates per capita in the world. The Government is doing its part to provide the necessary systems to reprimand and rectify these criminals. There are approximately 190,000 prisoners in nearly 250 Prisons in South Africa.

BBT Africa is driving a Sastra Dana project to place Srila Prabhupada’s books in 242 prison libraries throughout South Africa. We have the full support of the government for this initiative, however with a lack of funds, they will not be able to purchase the books from BBT. The Sastra Dana team is seeking donations for sets to be placed in these libraries. Thus far we have received donations for 75 prison libraries. Our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful devotees who have sponsored these sets of books.

Each library will be receiving a Medium Set of books (containing 20 of the key individual books, Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Krishna book, SSR, Veda book and other smaller books). For each book sponsored a sponsor note will be inserted honoring the donor/ the donation. A Medium Set may be sponsored for US$45. Donations can be made via paypal (to sastradana@bbtafrica.co.za).

These inmates will have access to Srila Prabhupada’s books and the opportunity to practice Krishna Consciousness. This service is very pleasing and encouraging to Srila Prabhupada:

“…This distribution of books to the libraries is very encouraging. Please expand this program all over India. In one library carrying my books, hundreds of people will be able to read…” (SPL to Abhinanda and Gopesvara, August 17th,1975)….in this case hundreds of prisoners will be able to read His books.

thank you very much. Hare Krishna


Your humble servants
Hemant and Aditi
The BBT Africa Sastra Dana Team

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