Our Partners


Most of our partners are part of E3’s Church and Community Transformation programme.

It provides training and mentorship so pastors can minister in their churches and communities, and lead effective responses to the needs around them. We help small grassroots churches ensure that good ideas for community projects become reality and are run on a sustainable basis. Our partners bring hope to people in their communities through HIV and AIDS support and microfinance to improve livelihoods.



Mountaineers for Christ (MFC) works in Mokhotlong district in Lesotho where 23% of people are living with HIV. The majority of people are living on less than $2 a day. MFC involves local churches and the wider community in its activities so that everyone can play a part in making life better for people affected by HIV.

Lack of knowledge and understanding of HIV is a major problem amongst most pastors. After E3 training in Church and Community Transformation, Mountaineers for Christ, which is chaired by Pastor Obed Ntsimane, started projects to respond to people’s needs. E3’s partnership:

  • Provides 14,000 nutritious meals each year to people on HIV treatment at one hospital and three clinics. Most walk long distances to access treatment each month.
  • Helped fund the building of the boarding home at Harvesters Christian School so 40 orphaned children have a safe and comfortable home as well as academic and emotional support while they are at school during the week. The home is now self-sustaining because it is part funded by the Church’s mortuary business and part funded by fees from paying students.
  • Supports 13 orphaned children through payment of school fees and uniform at Harvesters Christian School.
  • Helped MFC complete the roofing on the community’s first burial home so people can be buried with dignity and the home will generate a small income to support Pastor Obed and MFC’s ministry.
  • Enabled MFC to start hosting short term mission trips bi-monthly, which is generating a sustainable income to help fund the Ministry.
  • Budget: £10,200


Ecumenical Counselling Centre (ECC) promotes HIV testing and counselling for vulnerable people in rural communities on the outskirts around Lilongwe, Malawi.

Most people, especially men, find it difficult to visit a clinic and get tested to know their status. ECC trains church leaders in counselling so they can give pastoral care and psychosocial counselling, especially to people living with HIV, children, women, the disabled and the elderly. ECC also promotes socio-economic empowerment for those people. It currently works with 50 local churches.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has relatively high HIV infection rates. There is a high rate of teenage pregnancy and many young girls are forced into early marriage. Disabled people are often victims of sexual abuse in rural communities and are therefore prone to sexually transmitted diseases.

Led by Kizito Chilunga, ECC works to support the most vulnerable in the community, and E3’s partnership involves:

  • Counselling and testing for 1,200 people living with HIV.
  • Community training on HIV and support groups, reaching 2,000 people.
  • Empowering women through microfinance groups and small businesses – the aim is to reach 2,000 women in the next three years.
  • Budget: £5,000

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Glad Tidings Orphan Centre (GTOC) provides health services to improve the health and well-being of people living in Salima, a rural fishing community in Malawi. It is about 105km from the main capital city Lilongwe. Salima has a high rate of teenage pregnancies, early marriages of young girls and higher HIV infection rates. The majority of people in Salima are unable to access affordable healthcare. Public transport to the nearest Government hospital (over 12km away) costs more than a day’s wages so people tend to delay seeking medical attention until their condition worsens and sometimes becomes life threatening.

The project is led by Mary Mabassa. E3’s partnership is helping fund:

  • Clinics for vulnerable children whose families are unable to afford it.
  • Antenatal care, family planning, under 5’s health, malaria clinic, HIV counselling/testing, children’s physiotherapy and ART (Antiretroviral Therapy).
  • The development of income-generating micro businesses. This includes sanitary pad production (to reduce absenteeism amongst 300 teenage girls and enable the women who make them to earn a sustainable living) and a small holding, which grows food for the open market employing local people and mobilising their skills and knowledge.
  • Budget: £5,000

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Sunrise Ministries provides HIV testing and counselling services and reaches out to street children in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. The HIV prevalence rate is 10% and in 2014 it was estimated that 1.1 million Malawians were living with HIV and 34,000 new infections occurred. Many people who are at risk have not yet been tested for HIV. There are also many children living on the streets because their parents have died from AIDS-related illnesses or they are victims of sexual abuse.

Sunrise Ministries is led by Pastor Andrew Mkwaila, assisted by Gloria Nsona. E3’s partnership:

  • Provides HIV testing and counselling in the city and in the rural area so people can find out their status and receive the support they need.
  • Helps reduce the spread of HIV through awareness meetings in local communities, training on healthy living for people infected by HIV and meetings to equip church leaders with knowledge about HIV and how they can help change behaviour.
  • Facilitate economic empowerment through credit-savings groups so that 166 people living with HIV can access training and loans to set up small businesses to earn a sustainable income.
  • Helped rescue 5 street children so they can receive the support they need to cope with their situation and return to their communities to families who will care for them. School fees are being paid for 3 former street children of secondary school age.
  • Helped to build a health clinic for under-fives so they no longer have to travel over 25km to the nearest specialist clinic. Around 5,000 children will be treated for malnutrition, HIV, Malaria, TB and common tropical diseases each year.
  • Budget: £6,000 and £7,000 for credit-savings groups

South Africa


Abrina Esther House provides a safe haven for women who have been victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking survivors, and helps them rebuild their lives. Based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, it welcomes all women regardless of background and many are referred by other agencies. June and Ivan Grindley-Ferris oversee the project and Nokuthula Mcunu is the General Manager.

It is home to up to 140 women and their children each year, but many more are turned away because there isn’t any space. According to Lifeline, a local NGO who refers women: “AEH is the best facility available to women in this area”. AEH is also the only designated shelter for Human Trafficking Victims endorsed by the Department of Social Development.

E3 helps AEH to provide secure, temporary accommodation for the women (and their children) for 6 months, and the support they need to look to the future with hope. Many have never had the chance to attend school and those that have are unlikely to have finished their education. Most come from child-headed or grandmother-headed households, having lost their parents to HIV and AIDS and poverty.

E3 funding helps provide:

  • Nutritious meals – about 80% of the guests are HIV-positive so this is vital to ensure their Antiretroviral medication works and keeps them well.
  • Compulsory counselling by fully trained staff and a Social Worker, and access to a psychologist and medical advice.
  • Skills training and income generating activities, which bring in a sustainable income for the Shelter and equip the women to earn a living when they leave so they are not dependent on others.
  • Opportunities for self-development such as life skills and Bible studies to strengthen women emotionally and spiritually.
  • Budget: £4,500

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ESSA Christian AIDS Programme (ECAP) works to mobilise local communities in South Africa to fight the HIV, TB and STI pandemics and improve the quality of life for those infected and affected. ECAP’s work involves recruiting and training communities, through local churches and Christian organisations, to effectively respond to Tuberculosis, STIs and HIV and AIDS with a passion to improve the quality of life for people affected and infected in various communities.

Molly Kubheka leads ECAP. She has committed her life to be an advocate for the rights of people living with HIV and to address the problem of stigma in local churches and communities. Her passion is to see HIV and AIDS awareness programmes in schools, local churches, and township communities.

This year, E3 funding will enable ECAP to:

  • Conduct 6 HIV and AIDS workshops with a maximum of 25 church leaders in different townships in Pietermaritzburg where HIV and AIDS stigma is still a huge problem.
  • Identify 50 of the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children who will be part of Back to School.
  • Encourage people to adhere to their HIV treatment and provide spiritual support to people living with HIV in 30 support groups.
  • Conduct 25 church-based trainings on HIV stigma with the aim to reach 1,450 people.
  • Budget: £5,500

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 Fathers Heart Pastor Collin Naidoo

Father’s Heart Ministries is a local Church based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It reaches out to people living in poverty through acts of kindness and in particular to orphaned children and families affected and infected by HIV and living in extreme poverty. Pastor Colin Naidoo leads the project.

Families live in extreme poverty with very few earning an income. AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among adults, leaving many children not only without parents, but with little or no extended family. Grandmothers are often caring for several of their grandchildren and in some families older siblings look after the younger ones.

E3’s partnership is enabling Father’s Heart Ministries to bring hope to children at Umsilinga Primary School by:

  • Providing uniforms, shoes and other school necessities to 150 children through the Back to School programme, as well as biblical Life Skills workshops.
  • Funding a much-needed vehicle through a one-off grant so Father’s Heart can easily access the school to provide ongoing support.
  • Running a feeding scheme once a week at the school for 1,271 orphaned and vulnerable children who would not otherwise have a good meal.
  • Budget: £5,700

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Inceboyenkosi Community Foundation is in a small village called Swayimane, 62km from Pietermaritzburg. The problems of poverty and teenage pregnancy are huge. Many young girls have babies in order to access small social welfare grants and Inceboyenkosi wants to show them that there are other choices.

Thanda Phakathi who leads the project knows from personal experience what it is like to be a vulnerable child. Her mother struggled to make ends meet and Thanda remembers often going to school and to bed on an empty stomach. After her mother died (from a disease and hunger), a distant relative helped her complete her studies and many other people have helped her along the way. Now she wants to give other children that same chance. E3’s partnership is:

  • Supporting 150 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School programme. Six community women visit the children to support, pray with them and help with homework.
  • Strengthening teenagers (unemployed and young parents) and helping them achieve their potential through the Youth Academy, which provides training in cookery, basic agriculture, how to apply for a job, HIV awareness and mentoring.
  • Providing computer classes at the Youth Academy, which young people pay for and the fees help fund other aspects of Inceboyenkosi’s work.
  • Running Life Skills workshops for the Back to School children and teenagers to help them make the right choices for their future, including education on the dangers and consequences of teenage pregnancy.
  • Budget: £5,700

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Isibani Sethemba empowers local communities affected by HIV and AIDS in Ingwavuma, a rural community in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Poverty is a huge issue. Unemployment is estimated at 60% and 49% of families have no income at all. 35% of households still don’t have access to water and sanitation. The HIV infection rate is estimated at nearly 41%. AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among adults, leaving many children not only without parents, but with little or no extended family. Grandmothers are often caring for several of their grandchildren.

This context results in many children not attending school and instead being employed for child labour. In the last three years, most regions in South Africa have experienced drought and Ingwavuma is one of the areas that has been most affected. This has worsened the extreme poverty and misery that people face.

Kenneth Macheri is the Director. E3 has supported this work for a number of years and is partnering in:

  • Supporting 450 orphaned and vulnerable children and in particular grandmother-headed households. This includes creating community food gardens to help families provide for themselves in a sustainable way.
  • Church strengthening activities, including income generating activities for 136 local pastors so they can earn a living and provide for their families, as well as marriage counselling and training.
  • Educating 594 women who look after orphaned and vulnerable children to save part of their government social grant to help with education costs in the future for those children.
  • Supplying of Bibles to 37 pastors with another 99 pastors waiting for a copy of the Bible.
  • Budget: £6,800

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Jabulani Foundation is based in Zithulele Village in the Eastern Cape Province. It runs the JumpStart programme for young adults who have already left secondary school, but have not gained access to further education or employment. With an often poor secondary education and almost no job prospects, young adults in this area have extremely limited opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty. With a bleak outlook for the future, many begin to abuse alcohol and other drugs, commit petty crime, and even end up in jail. John Young is the project leader.

JumpStart  enables eight young men at a time to follow a 9 month course. They learn important values and life skills, receive support from positive role models and develop a belief in themselves and their ability to create change in their own lives and their community. It includes practical training, outdoor pursuits, community service and an Alpha course so the programme covers practical, emotional and spiritual development. E3’s partnership with Jabulani:

  • Empowers 9 young people to work at the antiretroviral clinic to pack medicines and help with dispensation. This helps more than 6,000 people living with HIV to take their medication regularly and gives these young people responsibility and a purpose.
  • Runs an Alpha course for the young men on the JumpStart programme.
  • Bought wet suits for outdoor pursuits and computers for IT training.
  • Funds ongoing support for the computers for IT training, which helps equip young people to go to university.
  • Budget: £5,700

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Kings Community Church
 in Pietermaritzburg is partnering with E3 on the Back to School programme. It works in Sweetwaters Township and in particular with orphaned children and the grandmothers who care for them. It is a struggle to feed, clothe and house the many grandchildren in their care. The need in those communities is huge.

Sweetwaters is an informal settlement about 33km from Pietermaritzburg. Its residents are affected by high levels of poverty, TB and HIV and AIDS. They live in mud houses without proper sanitation and other utilities. Most people are without work, and crime and teenage pregnancy rates are high.

Pastor Fred and Marian Lammas oversee the project and Magloire Marango leads the project. The partnership with E3 is:

  • Supporting 100 orphaned and vulnerable children at Nobanda Primary School through the Back to School programme.
  • Giving 81 children a nutritious meal twice a week at Nobanda Primary School.
  • Giving warm winter coats to 70 of the grandmothers.
  • Budget: £5,700

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Lulisandla Kumntwana gives practical, emotional and spiritual support to over 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Unemployment is 80% in the area and there is a high number of orphaned children because of the HIV crisis. Many of them are living with extended family so Lulisandla Kumntwana works to support those families. Many are now teenagers and young adults so it also empowers unemployed youth through Life Skills and helping them attend further education. It uses volunteers from local churches and employs a team of professional social workers, counsellors and youth workers.

Rachel Fredlund is the Project Director and E3’s partnership is helping enable:

  • Psycho-social support to help orphaned and vulnerable children cope with their situations.
  • After-school clubs giving help with homework, running games and crafts and sharing Bible stories, all of which increase the children’s self-esteem and improve their school work.
  • Life skills courses to improve the prospects of unemployed young people.
  • Helping with education costs, food, school uniforms, clothing and house building.
  • Raising awareness of children’s rights.
  • Support groups for teenagers living with HIV to help them cope and live positively despite their status.
  • A preschool aimed at expats and professionals to generate a sustainable income to help fund the work.
  • Budget: £6,800

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Truevine Community Church believes its members should live out their faith by serving in the local community and reaching out to people in need in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Its focus is on children and older people.

A high number of children drop out of school because of HIV infection, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and lack of financial and emotional support at home. Meanwhile, older people are often abandoned by their families and suffer greatly at the weakest time in their lives. Led by Pastor Vuyani Dlamini, Truevine is:

  • Supporting 100 orphaned children with school materials and life skills classes through Back to School.
  • Supporting senior citizens through home visits, medication screening, cleaning, exercise and taking them out for lunch for special occasions.
  • Running a chicken farm to supply affordable quality meat to the local community. It has created jobs for 5 church women and will provide sustainable support for children on the Back to School programme. Truevine is also looking at other income-generating activities to create sustainable jobs for local people.
  • Providing career guidance to young people in Grade 11/12 and who have left school.
  • Budget: £5,700

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E3’s Back to School programme is working directly with 100 orphaned and vulnerable children at Mdutshini Primary School in Elandskop, an isolated rural township, 62km outside of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. HIV is one of the leading causes of death and suffering. Parents are unemployed because there is no work nearby, no opportunity to travel for work and most are uneducated. Many children are orphaned and are being cared for by elderly grandparents and relatives. Grandparents receive a very small state pension, which is not sufficient to afford enough food let alone pay for school uniform and shoes. Families live in poverty and children struggle to attend school regularly. Some children walk as far as 4km from home without breakfast and look forward to a school meal, which is provided every day.

It is not just about giving a uniform and shoes. Going to school gives the children and their families hope for the future and shows that someone cares about their situation. Sinatra Matimelo (E3 CEO) and E3 Office Manager, Sharon Swartz, are managing this project. E3’s partnership:

  • Provides school uniform, shoes and books to the 100 children.
  • Runs biblical life skills workshops at the school to help the Back to School children cope with their situations, look to the future with hope and make good choices in life.
  • Built a new school kitchen where 120 meals are prepared every day for pupils at the school – for many it is their only meal of the day!
  • Built a Jungle Gym so the children have a safe and fun place to play at break times.
  • Is setting up a vegetable garden to grow fresh produce for school meals.
  • Budget: £4,500

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Anglican Church Diocese of Northern Zambia (ACD) helps people who are living below the poverty line. Despite Zambia’s positive economic growth in recent years, life has not improved for those who are most vulnerable. In the Copper-belt Province where the mines have closed, families are too poor to afford food, let alone pay for school fees. These children are less likely to complete school and many girls are forced into early marriages. Church leaders in the area are struggling to respond to the extreme needs around them.

Archbishop Albert Chama heads up this project and E3’s partnership is enabling ACD to:

  • Support 35 children whose parents and guardians are unskilled and unemployed by paying for school fees, uniforms, shoes and stationery.
  • Provide food parcels so that those children can have at least one good meal a day to help their development and concentration at school.
  • Start skills training and economic empowerment activities for parents and guardians to enable them to earn a sustainable living to support their families in the future.
  • Budget: £4,000

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Centre for Christian Missions, based in Kitwe, Zambia, works to “glorify God by equipping Christians to know, love, and serve God biblically in the Church and world”. The Centre trains pastors in theology and social outreach programmes so they can effectively respond to HIV and AIDS, poverty and other issues in their communities. Pastor Bennett Ndelemeti oversees the project. The outreach programmes include:

  • The Back to school programme, which has so far enabled 192 orphaned children to go to school by providing uniforms, extra lessons in Maths and English and sporting activities to build children’s confidence and self-esteem. E3 is delighted that several children in recent years passed their high school entry exams and are now at local high schools.
  • Pastors’ Economic Strengthening Project, which works with 49 local church pastors to run small businesses so they can support their families while they serve in ministry.
  • Hosting a conference for 40 E3 partner project leaders in spring 2018.
  • Budget: £10,000

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Samaritan Community School teaches more than 920 orphaned and vulnerable children in a makeshift building in Kitwe, Zambia. The children come from various slum communities affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy, crime and drug abuse. The teachers are all volunteers and Mr Sydney Chileshe is the Head Teacher. Without this free school, the children would miss out on an education. They cannot go to government or private schools because their families cannot afford school uniforms, fees, etc. E3 Initiative is providing funds to:

  • Help some of the children by buying them school uniform.
  • Pay a monthly stipend to 10 volunteer teachers who previously were totally unpaid.
  • Budget: £4,000  


Family Life Projects Trust helps people out of poverty in Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries in Africa. A staggering 80% of people are unemployed and living costs are relatively high, so people face a daily struggle to survive. Many families are split up with parents living in different countries to find work, whilst the children are left behind In Zimbabwe. Many children have been orphaned by the HIV and AIDS pandemic and are left caring for younger siblings or living on the streets.

That’s why our partnership with Family Life in the City of Bulawayo is so important. The project is run by Pastor Mkhululi Sihlola and his wife Naomi. The need is huge and we will be starting to make a difference by:

  • Helping 30 women and other vulnerable groups in Charlett village to earn a living through sustainable agriculture.
  • Supporting 110 orphaned and vulnerable children with uniform and shoes and biblical Life Skills workshops through our Back to School programme.
  • Training 25 Pastors to address HIV and AIDS stigma in local churches and to also implement Pastors Economic Empowerment so they can support their ministries and families.
  • Mentoring Good Hope Mother Community Centre where more than 120 children are provided with meals before going to school every day.
  • Budget: £6,000 and £4,000 for the Pastors’ Empowerment Programme

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Scripture Union Zimbabwe (SUZ) is working to reduce the number of children living and working on the streets of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, through the Thuthuka Project (meaning “to rise up”). SUZ estimates that 90% of these children have lost one or both parents, indicating that being an orphan is still one of the major reasons children resort to street life.

E3’s support is helping SUZ to transform the lives of these children, who are struggling to survive and are vulnerable to abuse and illegal activities. The project leader is Skholiwe Ncube. Through partnership with E3, SUZ is:

  • Reaching out to 150 children in 2018, through day and night street visits to build relationships and providing basic rights (health/medication, play, education, psycho-social support, shelter, food and clothing).
  • Caring for 17 children who were very vulnerable and were living on the streets.
  • Facilitating reunification and reintegration of children living on the streets with their families.
  • Advocating for the rights of more than 400 children living on the streets.
  • Budget: £7,000

Democratic Republic of Congo

Action Missionnaire au Congo (AMC) equips local churches to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs in their community. Pastor Jules Wazeng is the Project Leader.

Most church pastors are untrained in Theology and Mission, and overwhelmed by the needs around them. Around 55% of people live on less than a dollar a day and malnutrition is widespread. Life is a struggle and pastors literally don’t know where to start. And given that their church members all live in poverty, there is no money to fund the ministry. In response, AMC provides training and education in Theology, Mission and Leadership. Within 10 years, AMC has trained more than 450 leaders, all of whom are now very active in evangelism, discipleship, church planting and training others.

E3’s partnership with AMC:

  • Helps 40 pastors and 25 widows in their care to earn a sustainable living through microfinance. Small businesses include breeding rabbits, chickens and pigs. A similar project has already made a huge difference to a group of widows who make cleaning detergent and can now afford food, shelter and school uniforms for their children from the income they earn, as well as helping support their local churches.
  • Supports 100 orphaned and vulnerable children by providing school books and paying school fees for some.
  • Trains local pastors and their churches on HIV and AIDS.
  • Funded a minibus to facilitate visits to pastors in distant communities and the running of the income-generating projects.
  • Budget: £6,000


Word Alive Commission for Relief and Development (Word Alive) is part of Word Alive Ministries International Church in Lilongwe, Malawi. E3 is partnering with Word Alive to equip 306 girls at Mitundu Primary School to develop the skills that motivate them to focus on school and avoid early marriage. The target is to enable 95% of them to stay at school this year.

Led by Petros Abbas, the project provides practical, emotional and spiritual support for Grade 6, 7 and 8 female pupils who are over-age for their Grade. They are more likely to drop out of school due to late entry, repetition of Grades, lack of support from parents and responsibilities at home. The drop-out rate has improved in the last two years, but this year Word Alive will also start to tackle the economic needs of families so girls are not forced to leave school, as well as child protection issues. 40% of the target girls are experiencing some form of child abuse and most cases go unreported.

E3’s partnership helps fund:

  • Weekly “Girl Power Clubs” and an annual conference with input from positive role models who came from a similar background and escaped the cycle of poverty.
  • Mentoring from female Christian university students who meet with the girls regularly to share the Gospel, encourage and support them.
  • Skills and entrepreneurship training for parents, most of whom live in extreme poverty and some are widows. Through the training they will be able to provide for their children and their young girls will not be at risk of prostitution.
  • Train 10 women to sew sanitary pads and provide them to more than 500 girls so they don’t have to miss school each month.
  • Engage pastors in child protection so they become change agents in their churches and take their rightful positions to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and the impact of HIV and AIDS.
  • Support groups for the girls and their parents, which will include Bible studies and Life Skills.
  • Budget: £6,000

South Africa


African United National Baptist Church (AUNBC) works in three rural communities – Harding, Durban and Peacevalley – near its headquarters in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Those communities face the effects of HIV and AIDS and poverty. Revd Sipho Radebe, the project leader, wants to help needy people to overcome poverty and build a more stable future. AUNBC empowers them economically so they can earn a living and not simply receive government social grants or handouts from charities. In partnership with E3, AUNBC is:

  • Training more than 36 pastors and their wives through E3’s Church and Community Transformation programme, which helps identify needs in the community and how the church can respond.
  • Supporting 150 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School programme.
  • Running a large-scale vegetable garden and starting three chicken farming projects this year to supply residents in Harding with affordable food and generate a sustainable income to help fund the ministry.
  • Computer classes for township children. The computers are part of the donation from the E3 team in the US.
  • Budget: £6,800

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Insika Rural Development Trust is based in Empangeni, a small farming town in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal. It gives people the knowledge and practical tools to have confidence to farm and be self-reliant so they can afford nutritious food, medical bills and send their children to school. Most people in rural areas feel entitled to free services and grants, but Insika is working to reverse this mentality of entitlement through training and support. It is a partnership between Christians from different denominations, led by Revd Amos Ndebele.

E3 partnered with Insika for three years (2014-2016) to enable small-scale corn and chicken farmers to earn a living from their land.

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Key Ministry International Church (KMIC) in Pietermaritzburg is committed to sharing God’s love and responding to the many spiritual, social and economic challenges faced by refugees, who are mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda.

It was founded by Rev. Samson Matabaro, who is himself a refugee from Burundi. Samson’s daughter, Lidia, now manages the project, as well as working part-time as E3’s Back to School Manager. As refugees they moved from country to country to flee for their lives. Even when they eventually found a home in South Africa, life seemed impossible. Lidia remembers what it was like to go hungry every day and to wear plastic bags on her feet. Yet they saw God do amazing things, and now through Key Ministry, Samson and Lidia are focusing their lives on helping people in the same situation. Imagine what it would look like for every orphan and refugee they are working with now to carry that same heart in the future.

E3 is partnering in:

  • Microfinance projects so refugees and South Africans living in poverty can set up small businesses and afford to put food on the table, send their children to school and pay medical bills.
  • The Back to School programme, which helps 150 children attend school and find hope for the future.
  • Hosting 2 workshops on xenophobia with more than 85 church pastors and community leaders.
  • Funding Pastor Samson’s visits to 156 refugee families each year, to give spiritual support, counselling and help with renewing refugee documents and small business plans.
  • Budget: £6,800

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Paran Christian Church in Durban reaches out to refugees, mainly from the Great Lakes Region. At the request of Pastor Eugene Muganga, Senior Pastor, E3 provided training in HIV and AIDS prevention and management and microfinance, in order to give refugees a means to provide for their families without engaging in risky behaviour.

When refugees arrive in South Africa, life is extremely tough. Finding work so they can provide for their families is almost impossible because lending institutions do not cater for refugees because of documentation issues and for the same reason employers won’t recruit them. Microfinance training and being part of a group enables them to save and access loans so they can set up small businesses and earn a living. E3 is working with Paran on expanding its community ministry by:

  • Running microfinance groups for needy refugee families in Durban and Cape Town – 95 families so far have been empowered to set up small businesses.
  • Launching a “Youth Financial Literacy Programme” to teach young people about saving and sensible spending.
  • Supporting 100 refugee children through the Back to School programme.
  • Running a crèche to provide affordable day care so parents can work to provide for their families and to generate a sustainable income to help support Paran’s ministry into the future.
  • Budget: £6,800

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Zimele Wethu uses Self-Help Groups to empower rural people and especially women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to build a better future for themselves and their communities. People living in abject poverty work together in groups where they receive training and then save money and access loans from the savings. They also work as a group to start social initiatives such as home-based care projects, crèches for local children or agricultural activities.

Self-Help Groups (SHGs) give poor people the power to transform lives and support each other. Benefits include food security, improved and sustainable incomes, growth of local businesses, support systems when families are going through a difficult time and breaking the power of illegal loan businesses and the exorbitant interest rates charged for those loans.

Zimele Wethu works in five extremely poor rural communities, where women are the most affected because they continue to suffer male dominance in decision making processes and inequality in accessing assets such as land, well-paying jobs or influential leadership roles. The impact of the AIDS pandemic over the last decade has greatly exacerbated the burden of poverty and the survival of poor rural households often depends on the economic contributions of the women.

Zimele Wethu is led by Audrey Matimelo and the partnership with E3 is helping:

  • Involve 872 women in Self-Help Groups, including training in savings and loans management, planning, communication, conflict resolution and basic business skills. The target for 2018 is to mobilise 1,900 new beneficiaries into 125 SHGs, bringing the total number of people in SHGs to 4,750 by December 2018.
  • Running Bible Studies and prayer sessions in the groups to encourage spiritual growth.
  • Buy four computers for a SHG-run computer school in Durban, which will enhance young people’s skills in a community where there is no college.
  • Provide tools and equipment to 14 women who are running a block-making business.
  • Fund travel costs for the Programme Manager and the Community Liaison officer who travel to conduct training and Bible studies in the five communities.
  • Budget: £6,800

Kingdom of eSwatini


Acts of Faith improves the quality of life of local people and empowers churches and communities to cope with the challenges of poverty, unemployment and HIV in Manzini, the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Over half the population are aged 15 to 30 years old and young people struggle with unmet physical needs, unfinished education and depression and may become involved in crime or substance abuse. Ms Hlobisile Nxumalo is the Project Director and Pastor Jabulani Yande helps to lead it.

E3’s partnership with Acts of Faith:

  • Facilitates 19 home-based care support groups, reaching 190 people. Volunteers go to people’s homes and care for them when they are ill.
  • Trains and encourages 76 church leaders to understand and effectively respond to the spiritual and social needs in their communities through regular workshops.
  • Provides meals for the 10 orphaned children living at Shammah Family Centre. Before this funding from E3, Pastor Salatia who runs the Centre was using all of her pension money to provide for the children.
  • Supports 55 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School Programme and mobilises local churches and women’s groups to help these children instead of only receiving donations from outside the community or from overseas. A two-day psychosocial workshop during the school holidays will help children build self-esteem and confidence.
  • Runs a two-day business skills workshop for people in the support groups and three church projects so they can set up small businesses to earn a sustainable living and provide for their families.
  • Provided a much-needed vehicle to take the sick to hospital and deliver food parcels and make home visits to orphaned and vulnerable children and people living with HIV.
  • Budget £7,500

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 Pastors Forum Network AARON SWAZILAND

Pastors’ Forum Network was formed in response to E3’s Church and Community Transformation training in 2012. Two local churches in Manzini, the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), started income-generating projects, which are overseen by E3 partner, Acts of Faith. The partnership with E3 has enabled:

  • Ten women at Lubhaceni Church in Zion have started a peanut butter making business so they can provide for their families and support their Church. Their vision is to supply the whole of Swaziland so peanut butter is no longer imported. Already the business has enabled the women to buy electricity for their Church and provide food for their families.
  • Nine women are involved in a sewing project at Maya Church, making church gowns and uniforms so local people no longer travel long distances to buy these items and the income generated helps support the church and the women involved.
  • Metropolitan Church to start a savings group to help people set up small businesses. E3 has already funded a bore hole, which enabled church members to set up a block-making business.
  • Budget: £6,800


MMM Florence Kaniki centre

Mobile Mission Maintenance (MMM) in Ndola, Kitwe, trains orphaned and vulnerable young people in practical skills so they can earn a living. Most have never been to school because of circumstances beyond their control. Training from MMM gives them hope, dignity and practical help to turn their lives around. MMM is accredited by the government training department so the exams they take at the end of the course enable them to find jobs easily.

Training includes brick-laying, plastering, carpentry and tailoring. As a Christian organisation, MMM is also able to share God’s love with the students and runs biblical studies alongside the practical training. It is hard to fund the necessary tools, machinery and materials, because students are not in a position to pay fees. Florence Kaniki leads the project.

E3 is helping support the Local Empowerment Skills Project, which provides training in churches in the rural areas with:

  • 19 fully-funded orphaned young people being trained at the main centre.
  • 3 training courses in bricklaying and tailoring with an average of 60 students in each at the satellite centres in churches.
  • Funding for a much-needed vehicle to enable project staff to travel around the rural areas where access is difficult.
  • Feeding 250 orphaned and vulnerable children each week day, many of whom are living with HIV and would otherwise not have a decent meal. Nutritious food is vitally important to the effectiveness of antiretroviral medication.
  • Budget: £11,000

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Pastors’ Economic Empowerment Project in Zambia is working with E3 partner, Centre for Christian Missions. In communities where everyone is living in poverty, it is impossible for churches to support their pastors financially. Although church members give generously from the little they have, it is not enough and pastors struggle to support their own families whilst serving in these churches.

Following E3 Church and Community Transformation training in 2014, 40 pastors started a chicken farming project to earn money to support their families and ministries. Some pastors started other small businesses including a mechanic workshop and selling stationery.

Pastor Bennett Ndelemeti is the chairperson and there is an elected committee to help him. We were very excited that in 2018, this project achieved self-sustainability so E3 no longer needs to provide financial support. Pastors will continue to borrow and pay back loans and as the fund grows, new pastors can join.