Kings Community Church

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.

Thabang Mathebula is the Project Leader. 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: £7,200

“It is amazing that the 27 Back to School children who failed the first two terms of last year, progressed enough in their work to pass the year and move up to the next Grade. The children come from very poor families and challenging home situations. Support through Back to School makes a huge difference in raising their self esteem, encouraging them to try their best and helping them succeed at school.” Head Teacher of Nobanda School