Caring for At-Risk Kids

First Impressions From SA: New Friends

October 3, 2018

By Mary Veltman  (Oct. 1, 2018) Mary Veltman is a short-term volunteer from Michigan who recently arrived in South Africa where she is serving at ER’s South Africa Dream Centre near Cape Town. Read her blog titled “New Friends”. I can’t believe it’s already been a full week since landing in South Africa. I have […]

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Quito Kids: This Generation is Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

June 29, 2018

Extreme Response has been serving the recycling community in the Quito Dump (AKA Zambiza Garbage Transfer Station) since 1997. We’re excited by the impact we’re witnessing, especially in the next generation. We’re seeing a huge change in self-esteem, educational achievement and entrepreneurialism. Positivity pulses through a community that was once hopeless, boosted mightily through the […]

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Short-Term Volunteers Needed in S. Africa

May 8, 2018

ER is expanding our after-school program in South Africa and has openings for short-term volunteers/interns. This opportunity involves instructing kids from local settlements who are in need of homework help and extracurricular activities. Volunteers would join our staff at the ER Dream Centre facility in Cape Town. Typically, volunteers commit to three months to one […]

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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 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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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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Accreditation Boosts Kid’s Home Impact

December 9, 2016

Since opening almost three years ago, Extreme Response Asia’s Manila Children’s Home (MCH) has provided exceptional care for neglected and abandoned boys. Late last year the MCH has achieved a new level of accreditation that will allow it to serve these vulnerable youngsters even more effectively. MCH Executive Director John Basiwa (pictured at right) and […]

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Fanning the Flame

July 31, 2016

By Dawn Carnill   Mrs. Zione Maloni is a widowed mother of eight from a small village in Malawi. She’s also a beneficiary of the Kindle Orphan Outreach Kolezani program. Kolezani means “kindle a fire” and comes from the idea of fanning a small spark into a brightly burning fire. Kindle wants to do just […]

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African Hope Trust Fulfills Cape Town Kids’ Need for Love

July 31, 2016

Alyssa Carrel recently returned from a brief stint as a volunteer with ER partner African Hope Trust. Here she details its work with vulnerable children and its plans to build a new safe house. My time at African Hope Trust was brief, but oh how refreshing. I struggle to adequately describe what it felt like […]

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