Back to School

Change a child’s future through education

E3’s Back to School programme is changing the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in some of the most impoverished rural communities and slums in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. You can be part of this story by giving just £7 / $10 / R100 a month to support a child through school.

Although the local schools are free, the children must have uniform and shoes. Their elderly grandparents or foster parents cannot afford these so the children either cannot attend or wear broken shoes and old ripped uniforms.

All of them have a very difficult home life. They struggle with many issues and live in poor conditions. Those who care for them are usually uneducated themselves so they cannot provide the encouragement that children need to be successful at school. That’s why as well as giving children school supplies, your support also helps them develop emotionally and make wise choices in life through ongoing support, counselling and life-skills workshops. Once children join Back to School, support is available to them each year until they finish school.

family-5A gift of just £7 / $10 / R100 a month can support one child in South Africa to attend school and complete their education.

You will be supporting a child in a specific community and we would love for you to commit to give and pray regularly. You may like to support more than one child in that community. Giving annually minimises administration costs.

Benefits to the child

Your monthly or annual donation will provide the following to a child each school year:

  • Two sets of uniform
  • School shoes and socks
  • Exercise books
  • Two one-day workshops and one camp each year run by E3 to teach biblical life-skills to help emotional and spiritual development
  • A heart warmed through knowing that people they have never met care enough to support them. You can send a letter to the school once a year to encourage the Back to School children.

Elizabeth (aged 14) lost both her parents 5 years ago. She desperately wanted to continue her schooling and had been working hard selling fruit in the market before school. She explains the difference support from E3 has made: “I can now concentrate on completing school. I will become a nurse one day so I can help others.”

And, there are also benefits for you too!

  • You will be giving children the chance to complete school, find ways to cope with past experiences, difficult home situations and the poverty around them, and look to the future with hope.
  • We will send you two reports each year by email about how Back to School is changing lives in the community you are supporting.
  • 100% of donations to E3 go to the work on the ground because E3 Trustees cover the running costs of the organisation.
  • We are committed to managing all funds and the administration of the project with integrity and transparency.

Children’s lives are already changing for the better

We have already seen how Back to School can turn children’s lives around.

passed Grade 2 in December 2015. When she joined Back to School in January 2015, her teacher said she needed moral and emotional support and was struggling to stay focused at school. Her mid-year report said that she had shown improvement in her school work. By the end of the year her teacher reported: “Anele is doing well. She is making good progress in Maths, IsiZulu, English and Life Skills. Keep up the good work!”


Kwanele_webKwanele passed Grade 2 in December 2015. He achieved 90% in IsiZulu, 74% in Life Skills (PE, Arts and Social and Personal Wellbeing), 58% in Maths and 47% in English. His teacher said: “Kwanele is trying hard and looks very smart and clean. There has been a marked difference in his work and appearance since he joined the Back to School programme – he is working hard to do his best!”


passed Grade 4 in December 2015. Her teacher reports: “She is working hard and is doing well at school. Her home life is more difficult than ever because her grandmother has died and she doesn’t have anyone to care for her. She continues to have regular counselling and the Back to School programme is making a real positive difference in her life.”


E3 partners have already enabled over 560 children in Southern Africa to attend school and take steps towards making their career dreams a reality. But, there are so many more children waiting for that opportunity.

What Back to School supporters say

“When I got the profile about the school I support I couldn’t believe the privilege I felt in being involved. Every member of my family now supports a child through Back to School. We look at the school photos every day on our fridge, pray for them and feel love for them, even though we’ve never met. We know their story has been changed because of our small monthly contribution. It brings me to tears when I think of it.”  Tori Sheppard, Northern Ireland

“I enjoy supporting a child through the Back to School Program. I like knowing that I am helping someone through education to help themselves and make this world a better place. I enjoy the updates and the smiles on the children’s faces. They brighten my day.” Paula Glynn-Jaros, USA

“My husband and I live in South Africa, and we have seen first-hand what Back to School means to the children. Their smiles as they receive their uniform are enough to make you want to see every child in South Africa have the same opportunity. The reports and photos make it very personal to us and it’s a big privilege to help in this way.” Marian and Fred Lammas, South Africa

Get involved

Visit for a short video about Back to School.

Please fill in our Back to School form.. We will then send information about a community that needs your support and details of how to give. Thank you so much for helping change a child’s future through education. Please note that if you can give your support annually this minimises administration costs.

Download the Back to School brochure