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 Emerging Leaders 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.
- Grant: £7,200
- Sustainability loan of £2,000: AUNBC is opening a food shop in the community to improve access to affordable food and generate an income to help fund its work, once the E3 loan has been repaid.