Lesley Ann van Selm established Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative in 1997.
Over the past three years the Organisation has “reinvented” itself, resulting in a name change to Khulisa Social Solutions.
With Khulisa’s new “social solution” approach, the Organisation’s key strategy is to merge their interests with other similarly mandated NGOs; resulting in strategies that will leverage greater impact.
A vital element of Khulisa’s work is based on the principles of restorative justice (RJ) with the Organisation having spearheaded a five-year process in KwaZulu Natal, which has resulted in an excess of 4000 cases being mediated with an average victim satisfaction of 80% and recidivism in the case of domestic violence being reduced to 45%.
As a passionate entrepreneur Lesley Ann started her own business at the age of 23 and has always focused on uplifting the disadvantaged and has since this era worked with millions of disadvantaged South Africans, particularly in fragile communities.
Over the past years she has presented papers on numerous topics related to social entrepreneurs and restorative justice and offender rehabilitation in Europe, Australia, Asia and other parts of Africa.
Lesley Ann has a long list of accolades, recognising her work at Khulisa.
- She has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2001.
- She won the Elizabeth Arden/Elle Magazine Visible Difference Award in 2002.
- She received the Southern Africa Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) Award (GIBS) in 2009.
- She was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.
- She received the Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award in the Good Neighbours Category in 2010.
Although Khulisa was established 15 years ago, her research and development work related to Khulisa spans over 20 years.