Back to School

Change a child’s future through education

Back to School 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 help a precious child to complete school, thrive and look to the future with hope.

Ready to sign up? Please fill in our Back to School form and we will send you details of the community you will be supporting and how to donate.

More about Back to School

Although 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 and live in poor conditions. Those who care for them are usually uneducated themselves so they cannot provide the encouragement needed to succeed at school. That’s why as well as giving children school supplies, your support also helps them cope with their situation, develop emotionally and make wise choices in life through ongoing support, counselling and life skills workshops. We also provide sanitary pads to the girls so they don’t have to miss school. 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.

 

How your support helps

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

  • Uniform
  • School shoes and socks
  • Exercise books
  • Bi-monthly Life Skills workshops run by E3 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.

In return, we will send you two reports each year by email about how Back to School is changing lives in the community you are supporting. 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

Peter’s mother died when he was born, so his disabled grandmother looks after him. His teacher says: “You cannot tell Peter is an orphan because he looks so neat in his uniform. He is growing in confidence every day and is able to smile and pose for the camera, which he didn’t used to do. He is well behaved and is achieving high grades in all his subjects. He likes to play soccer.”

Sarah’s mother died due to a domestic violence incident involving her dad. The emotional support she received through Back to School has really helped her cope and find hope. “My home life is good with my grandmother. I love my family. I appreciate the uniform you gave me. May God bless you.” Her teacher says: “Sarah is a good girl and a hard worker. She works well with other pupils and is excelling in English, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.”

John‘s family are refugees from the DR Congo and he has four siblings. His parents struggle to provide for them. His mother is a street vendor and John helps sell sweets after school. Relatives have joined them from DR Congo, increasing their number to fifteen in a one-room flat. Despite these challenges, John continues to excel at school. His teacher says: “He works consistently and has produced excellent results.”

Get involved

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.

You can also give a one-off donation to help a child through Back to School:

If you are in the UK, visit www.give.net/e3initiative_backtoschool

If you are in the US, go to the online giving form and select ‘Back to School’ (make a donation via PayPal)

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU4zAG574u4 for a short video about Back to School.

Download the Back to School brochure