Our Partners

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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.

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Mountaineers for Christ (MFC) works in Mokhotlong district in Lesotho where 23% of people are living with HIV. 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 three key projects to respond to people’s needs:

  • Providing 14,000 nutritious meals to people on HIV treatment at one hospital and three clinics. Most walk long distances to access treatment each month.
  • Running the new 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. E3 helped fund the construction, water tank and furniture for the home.
  • Supporting 13 orphaned children through payment of school fees and uniform at Harvesters Christian School.
  • Helping 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.
  • Budget: £10,000

Malawi

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 Gloria Nsona. E3’s partnership is helping:

  • Provide 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.
  • Reduce the spread of HIV through awareness meetings in local communities, training on healthy living for people living with HIV and meetings to equip church leaders with knowledge about HIV and how they can help change behaviour.
  • Rescue 5 street children so they can receive the help they need to cope with their situation and return to their communities to families who will care for them. School fees will be paid for 3 former street children of secondary school age.
  • Provide a much-needed ambulance to help Sunrise Ministries support those in their care through a one-off additional grant from E3.
  • Budget: £10,000

South Africa

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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 Zwane is the General Manager.

Since it opened in 2001, it has served over 5,000 women, 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.

AEH provides secure, temporary accommodation for them (and their children) for 6 months, and the support they need to look to the future with hope:

  • Nutritious meals – about 80% of the guests are HIV-positive so this is vital to ensure their antiretroviral medication works and keeps them well.
  • Shared responsibility as they live in community: the women keep their rooms in order, do their laundry and help with general cleaning.
  • Compulsory counselling by fully trained staff and a Social Worker, and access to a psychologist and medical advice.
  • Basic skills training and opportunities for self-development such as life skills and Bible studies to strengthen women emotionally and spiritually.
  • Budget: £3,500

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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.

Poverty is a huge issue in that area and 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:

  • Run a feeding scheme in Umsilinga Primary School, where 1,260 orphaned and vulnerable children would not otherwise have a decent lunch. This helps them concentrate on their learning and ensures they have at least one good meal a day.
  • Provide uniforms, shoes and other school necessities to some of the children so they can attend school.
  • Provide 400 weekend food parcels to orphan-headed households over the year.
  • Access the school easily and transport the food for the meals by funding a much-needed vehicle through a one-off grant.
  • Budget: £11,400

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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.

  • Supporting 100 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School programme.
  • 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.
  • Setting up an Internet facility for the Youth Academy.
  • 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: £13,800

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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 with unemployment estimated at 60% and the HIV infection rate 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 Acting Director. E3 has supported this work for a number of years and is partnering in:

  • Supporting grandmother-headed households and orphaned and vulnerable children, including the creation of community food gardens to help families provide for themselves in a sustainable way.
  • Training on HIV and AIDS for local pastors so their churches can respond to social issues through poverty alleviation and responses to HIV.
  • Budget: £7,000

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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. Through E3’s partnership Jabulani is:

  • Empowering 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.
  • Running an Alpha course for the young men on the JumpStart programme.
  • Receiving additional funding from E3 this year to buy wet suits for outdoor pursuits and computers for IT training.
  • Budget: £5,000

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Kings Community Church
 in Pietermaritzburg is partnering with E3 on the Back to School programme. It works in Sweet-Waters and Imbali Townships 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.

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

  • Supporting 70 orphaned and vulnerable children at Nobande Primary School and Gateway Christian School through the Back to School programme.
  • Giving 50 children a nutritious meal twice a week at Nobande Primary School.
  • Giving warm winter coats to 70 of the grandmothers.
  • Budget: £5,800

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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. 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 activities include:

  • Working with orphaned and vulnerable children in the community and through schools
  • Psycho-social support to help them cope with their situations
  • Three 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
  • Budget: £9,400

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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 30 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.
  • Starting a chicken farm to supply affordable quality meat to the local community. It will create jobs for 5 church women and will provide sustainable support for children on the Back to School programme.
  • Budget: £10,000

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E3’s Back to School programme is working directly with 50 orphaned and vulnerable children at Mdutshini Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. 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 his assistant, Sharon Swartz are managing this project.

  • Providing school uniform, shoes and books to the children.
  • 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!
  • Running life skills workshops at the school.
  • Budget: £3,500

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Zambia

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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 will enable ACD to:

  • Support 70 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.
  • Budget: £3,000

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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 passed their high school entry exams in 2015 and 2016 and are now at local high schools.
  • Kitwe 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.
  • Budget: £6,000

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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 Pastor Fanwell Kiboboka 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  

Zimbabwe

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/Ntabazinduna village to earn a living through sustainable agriculture.
  • Enabling 60 orphaned and vulnerable children to go to school by December 2017.
  • 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: £7,000

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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. 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 80 children in 2017, through day and night street visits to build relationships and providing basic rights (health/medication, play, education, psychosocial support, shelter, food, 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 250 children living on the streets.
  • Budget: £6,000

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Action Missionaire 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 established 5 training centres in DR Congo and has trained more than 450 leaders. All are now very active in evangelism, discipleship, church planting and training others.

Through partnership with E3, AMC will:

  • Continue the training for on HIV and AIDS for local pastors and their churches.
  • Help 40 pastors and 20 widows in their care to earn a sustainable living by 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.
  • Budget: £6,000

Malawi

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

Led by Petros Abbas, the project is providing practical, emotional and spiritual support for Grade 6 female pupils who are over-age for their Grade because 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 current drop-out rate between Grade 6 and 7 is 54%!

  • Activities include “Girl Power Clubs”, mentoring from female university students, Life Skills and support for parents.
  • Budget: £4,000

South Africa

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African United Baptist Church (AUBC) 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. AUBC empowers them economically so they can earn a living and not simply receive government social grants or handouts from charities. In partnership with E3, AUBC 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 204 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School programme.
  • Running a large-scale vegetable garden to supply residents in Harding.
  • Computer classes for township children. The computers are part of the donation from the E3 team in the US.
  • Budget: £7,000

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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 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, manages the project. 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. A thousand Lidias would really transform a city. E3 is partnering in:

  • Microfinance projects so refugees 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 will help 90 children attend school and find hope for the future.
  • Hosting 2 workshops on xenophobia with more than 85 church pastors and community leaders.
  • Budget: £7,000

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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 Magana, 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 and finding work so they can provide for their families is almost impossible. 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 – 80 families so far have been empowered to set up small businesses.
  • Expanding the microfinance programme to Cape Town where Paran’s sister church is located.
  • Supporting refugee children with school uniform through the Back to School programme.
  • Budget: £12,900

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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 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 is led by Audrey Matimelo and the partnership with E3 is:

  • Involving women in Self-Help Groups. They are trained in savings and loans management, planning, communication, conflict resolution and basic business skills. The target for 2016 was to involve 1,000 women, but amazingly by December 2016, 1,370 women were members of Self-Help Groups. The target is 2,850 women by the end of 2017.
  • Helping 60 of those women to start running 2 crèches, 2 orphan care projects and a home based care project.
  • Running Bible Studies and prayer sessions in the groups to encourage spiritual growth.
  • Budget: £5,800

Swaziland

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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 Swaziland. Plus, over half the population are aged 15 to 30 years 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 is:

  • Facilitating 19 HIV home-based care support groups so volunteers go to people’s homes and care for them when they are ill.
  • Training and encouraging 76 church leaders to understand and effectively respond to the social needs in their communities.
  • Providing 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.
  • Supporting 46 orphaned and vulnerable children through the Back to School Programme and mobilising local churches and women’s groups to help these children instead of only receiving donations from outside the community or from overseas.
  • Providing 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 £11,700

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In response to E3’s Church and Community Transformation training in 2012, two local churches in Manzini, Swaziland, started income-generating projects, which are overseen by 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.
  • Budget: £7,000

Zambia

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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.
  • Budget: £11,000

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Pastors’ Economic Empowerment Project in Zambia is working with E3 partner, Centre for Christian Missions. Following Church and Community Transformation training in 2014, 40 pastors have started a chicken farming project to earn money to support their families and ministries. It is hoped that this project will grow to help support other pastors. 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.

Pastor Bennett Ndelemeti is the chairperson and there is an elected committee to help him. The partnership with E3 includes:

  • Chicken farming to earn income to support the pastors.
  • Expecting the project to be self-sustaining in 2018. The income it will generate will allow it to grow so more and more pastors can be helped into the future.
  • Budget: £2,000