Fountain of Life Prison Ministry, a South African organization led by Franklyn Cupido, is spreading hope throughout communities in Cape Town. The group aims to inspire and educate young people to make positive decisions and to provide resources for those struggling with addiction and gangsterism.
A Message of Recovery
On Human Rights Day, a peaceful march through the streets of Factreton was set up by the Fountain of Life Prison Ministry. Cupido and other former gang members led the parade. They were wearing orange prison jumpsuits with chains around their hands and feet.
Cupido explained that the chains represented drug addiction and gangsterism and that the march showed people involved in these things that there was a way out. “We are testaments that you can recover,” he said. “There is a life after drugs and gangsterism. We want to show them proof that there is hope for them.”
The Fountain of Life Prison Ministry also operates within jails, where people talk about their experiences with gangs, drugs, and being clean. To increase awareness among young people, the group picks neighborhoods in the city where there are a lot of drugs, alcohol, and gangs.
Cupido explained that most young people do not have role models, and the Fountain of Life Prison Ministry hopes to warn children of the dangers of getting involved in gangsterism and drugs. In addition, the group’s testimonies aim to motivate young people to make better decisions.
Representatives from the provincial departments of cultural affairs, sports, and social development attended the Human Rights Day march to give people relevant information on rehabilitation clinics.
Fountain of Life Prison Ministry is facing a resource shortage and constantly seeking donations. Cupido urges individuals and groups to step forward and contribute to the cause. In addition, the organization is seeking assistance from local communities to participate in forthcoming fund events.
Cupido also asked the local government to help and said he wanted to make connections with churches in the areas where the outreach programs are run.
Through its outreach programs, the Fountain of Life Prison Ministry hopes to provide hope for a brighter future in Cape Town. With the support of local communities, the group aims to empower young people to make positive choices and overcome the challenges of addiction and gangsterism.