Everything we do is in partnership with local churches and organisations, who share our vision. We build strong relationships with them and design and develop high impact projects together.
Our partners bring a wealth of experience, local knowledge and relationships to the table. We work with them through training, sharing expertise, grants, prayer, visits, resources and insights from other projects. We help them find ways to become sustainable and resilient so they are no longer dependent on outside help, giving dignity to all involved and setting an example to show that a hand up rather than a hand out of poverty can change things forever and help a community stand on its own two feet. It also means the projects are protected from changes in funding in the future.
With years of experience of working in a grassroots context, our application and monitoring and evaluation processes are transparent, straightforward and designed to guide and shape project development. Partners are required to have transparent bookkeeping systems in place prior to funding and once a partnership is established, regular reporting and site visits ensure that the money continues to be well used.
For E3, being small is a virtue, enabling us to connect with smaller churches and organisations right at the grassroots. We often develop lasting relationships with our partners, some of whom we have partnered with for well over a decade.
E3 is unashamedly Christian and works with partners whose activities are holistic in reaching people in practical and spiritual ways.
E3 works hard to minimise the running costs of the charity so more of our income can go to the work. In 2019, 92.5% of expenditure was spent on our charitable activities on the ground in Southern Africa. We spent only 7.5% of our expenditure on running costs (marketing, fundraising, admin and governance costs).
We minimise our marketing and fundraising costs because our Communications and Fundraising Manager only works a day a week and our active trustees also fundraise and build support as volunteers. E3 communications focus on email, Facebook and networking so we do not spend money on mass fundraising mailings by post and similar activities adopted by other charities.
Christ came to proclaim “good news to the poor” – the sick and the suffering, the marginalised, and the oppressed. He did this through what he said and through his actions, so that people would experience the power of the living and loving God and experience new life in Him.
Our name, “E3 Initiative” is inspired by Ephesians 3, which explains how the local church is God’s agent in this work. Our three foundational values – Engaging churches, empowering leaders and entrusting the process of transformation – are centred on verse 10 of that chapter: “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…”