Sustainable Business Development

A Skilled GirlForce

October 11, 2018

October 11 marks an important day of recognition. The United Nations has declared it “The Day of the Girl“ – a time to reflect on the challenges facing young women worldwide and pursue solutions. Here’s what the UN is sharing: “Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being […]

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Summer Camp for Golden Girls

July 6, 2018

By Ann Benavidez, Director, Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program May was a busy month. For the first time we launched a Summer Sewing Camp for girls aging 7-12 years old. Nine girls attended a two-days-a-week class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for eight sessions. The girls learned hand sewing, basic stitches and how to use a […]

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Building Furniture, Relationships Transforms Recyclers

March 16, 2018

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications How do you inspire hope among men who recycle from the trash? Most of these recyclers grew up in abusive conditions at home and while recycling. What can be done to build trust and positively impact their lives? One exciting development is the growth of the Quito Dump Men’s program, […]

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Empowering Women: Pathway For Hope

February 26, 2018

ER is pleased to announce the launch of a new community development program that will focus on helping women and families extricate themselves from economic hardship, low education and a lack of opportunity. The program is called Pathway For Hope and seeks to provide a community in Manila, Philippines, with “holistic opportunities for people’s empowerment”. Pathway […]

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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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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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Empowering Women: ER Helps Gina Triumph Over Jeepney Accident

November 16, 2017

The following story is one of ER’s Empowering Women blogs that highlight the journeys of women overcoming extreme circumstances to become successful leaders in their families and communities. Early in 2017, an ER outreach team found 46-year-old Gina Tublog selling candies and cigarettes on the sidewalk from her wheelchair. Anne Benevidez, director of ER’s Golden […]

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Elegant Fashions Helping Trafficked Girls

October 5, 2017

Many people are angry at the injustice of human trafficking. Katie Martinez is doing something awesome in response. By Tim Fausch, ER Communications As a farm girl in Iowa, Katie Martinez didn’t set out to help human trafficking victims. Inspired to pursue fashion by watching her mom sew, her life was planned out. In 2005 […]

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Sewing Sally Shares Her Infectious Joy

February 25, 2017

By Anne Benevidez, ER Asia Sally is one of the second batch of trainees of the Golden Hands Basic Sewing Class. She is among the faithful volunteer workers of Batang Matinik, one of ER Asia’s partner in the Philippines. The Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program is run by ER Asia in a effort to help women […]

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Gracious, Glamorous Golden Grads

April 7, 2016

By Anne Benavidez, Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program Director Like caterpillars emerging as beautiful butterflies from their cocoons, eight members of the Golden Hands Livelihood Education Program celebrated being the program’s very first graduates. Each of the women wore dresses they made themselves and enjoyed a time of recognition, glamour and thankfulness. The graduation ceremony was […]

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