Educational Access

Investing Your Tax Refund in People

April 15, 2018

Getting a tax refund this year? If so, congratulations! Refunds are a huge help when paying bills, adding to savings or allowing for a little splurging. Hey, you work hard a deserve some fun. Maybe you’re planning to invest your refund. If so, have you considered investing in people? We have some impactful ideas, whether […]

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Brunsch Bunch on Epic Journey in Haiti

February 20, 2018

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications It sounded like fun. A friend was assembling a team of volunteers to “go somewhere in Haiti to help” following the devastating earthquake that rocked the country in 2010? Would he join the team? Brad Brunsch not only accepted that invitation, but went on nine more trips to Haiti over […]

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Quito Kids: Stronger Families Via Education

February 6, 2018

By Daniel Lopez, Quito Child Development Center Last fall we began creating greater engagement with the families of the children who attend the Quito Child Development Center (CDC). We received instruction from a professional in initial (early childhood) education who provided advice to both our teachers and the parents. The training also helped us evaluate […]

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Directors Inspire, Challenge Extreme Response

January 31, 2018

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications Last month, Extreme Response updated our board profiles. In doing so, we realized how important our board has become to ER’s continued growth and impact. We are blessed with creative, talented, compassionate and dedicated board members. The board keeps ER leadership accountable, offers strategic input and challenges us to think […]

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JT’s Breakthrough: 100 Books Read

November 15, 2017

By Amy Townsend, South Africa Dream Centre Amy and Ron Townsend oversee ER Africa’s South Africa Dream Center (DC). Here, Amy shares this heartfelt update about JT, a young student who attends our after-school program. At the beginning of this school year, he was going into grade 2 and didn’t recognize the alphabet. He couldn’t write […]

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Single Mother Fights for Kids’ Education

October 29, 2017

Jim Schutz and his wife, Tony Kay, are directors of Nuevos Amigos, an ER partner and fully accredited school for children ages 4-13 in Quito, Ecuador. Here Jim shares the story of a mother who was determined to ensure her children receive a quality education. When Silva Fiallos Vera’s husband left her in late 2016, […]

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ER Receives Inspiring Gift of AEDs

October 9, 2017

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications (Scroll to the bottom to read a brief update on this blog.) In 2016, ER’s Brian Wallace shared an important need. “Our Quito Dump Program is growing,” he said. “One day we’ll likely have to deal with a health incident.” Brian came to Ecuador with a medical background, knowing all […]

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1,000 School Packs to the Rescue

September 6, 2017

School Packs to the Rescue: Keeping Vulnerable Kids in School! There is a serious problem in many developing nations. Children drop out of school because their families cannot afford school supplies and uniforms. This lack of education practically guarantees a lifetime of poverty and a lack of hope. We have a plan to solve this […]

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David’s Journey: From Dump Diaper Duty to President of Linguava Interpreters

August 10, 2017

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications “‘The secret to living is giving’. That concept has really impacted my heart.” – David Brackett While in his early twenties, David Brackett traveled thousands of miles to change the diapers of infants and work in the Quito Dump Daycare. Diaper duty wasn’t highlighted in his short-term volunteer job description, but […]

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ER Welcomes Partners in South Africa

August 7, 2017

Extreme Response’s reach in South Africa is expanding, thanks to the addition of two new partners: Jabulani Africa (JAM) and MCM in South Africa. JAM is located in Llandudno, a suburb of Cape Town. Its mission is to train young leaders. It also welcomes short- and long-term volunteers and teams. To contact JAM, email to: info@jamafrica.co.za. MCM serves […]

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