After-School Programs

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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Interns and Short-Term Volunteers Thrive

January 8, 2018

Gapper Thrives in South Africa ER volunteer Shelby Watson discovered the benefits  of taking a “gap year” between high school and college to volunteer to help kids and experience adventure at the same time. “I found out about the Global Gap Year Fellowship (GGYF) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The […]

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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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A Life Changed by Love

September 15, 2017

Mackie Custodio leads Youth Mobilization, an ER partner in Makati City, a suburb of Manila. Below is his account of a transformed life that speaks to the power of investing in people with love and encouragement. Stephanie Dua was only 11 years old when she started coming to our Love Impact outreach. She was one of […]

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Filipino Family Rallies Around Pig Business

August 25, 2017

(Aug. 25, 2017 Update) The Algang Nanay piggery project run by ER partner Batang Matinik continues to produce inspiring stories of changed lives in Quezon City, Philippines. Originally launched to help women generate income by raising pigs (see below), Algang Nanay (Mother’s Care) has helped turn one Filipino father’s life around as well. Kuya Erning […]

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Scholarship Fund Delivers Priceless Payoffs

July 28, 2017

By Amy Townsend, ER Dream Centre Three years ago, Olivia Hoppen from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, traveled to South Africa with a team to serve ER’s South African partners. God’s Little Lighthouse greatly benefited from their work, which included painting and spending time with the children. As the team left, Olivia remembers thinking she […]

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Listening Ears Lead to Joy for Jandry

May 16, 2017

By Robbie Murdoch, Quito Dump Program From the beginning, we struggled with Jandry in our Quito After-School Program. If he did something to get into trouble, he would often compound the problem with rather explosive behavior. He used to shout over any teacher who stopped to correct him. If he was asked to be quiet for a […]

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‘Big Dreams Require Hard Work’

March 16, 2017

We’ve learned something while launching the South Africa Dream Centre: It takes incredible effort to change to course of a child’s life. Sure, we knew tutoring, homework help and nutrition would be foundational to giving these kids a good chance of succeeding in their lives. But we’ve seen that engaging them in activities is equally powerful for […]

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Sophia’s Choice: Finding the Right Path

March 15, 2017

Path Project is a long-time ER partner headquartered in Snellville, GA. The organization operates after-school programs in several mobile home parks in Georgia and Tennessee. Co-founder Melinda Hollandsworth shared the story of Sophia in Path Project’s most recent newsletter. It’s a great example of how after-school programs can make a huge difference in the child’s […]

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The Comeback Kid

May 30, 2016

Jason left home at a young age, deciding that Manila street life was preferable to living with an abusive and negligent father. He scavenged garbage for recyclers and sold illegally acquired tickets to sporting events and concerts. He had not been to school since he was in fifth grade, but deep down, he had a […]

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