Quito Dump

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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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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Celebrating ER’s Child Center Relocation

March 6, 2017

In March 2016, ER was told by local authorities we needed to move the Daycare out of the Quito Dump to comply with new safety regulations. While this wasn’t in our plans, we embraced the challenge and found a new location, which turned out to be even better for the kids. One year later, we […]

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Caro: Growing Up in the Dump Community

September 14, 2016

Written By Dawn Carnill Caro was born just days after our daycare center opened in the Quito garbage dump. Her mother had been working there since she was a child herself– gleaning things she could use and mining for recyclables to sell. Caro’s two older sisters spent their toddler and preschool years with their mother […]

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Fast Track: Sebastian Learns To Read

June 9, 2016

ER’s Robbie Murdock shares this story about how one boy’s life will be changed forever because of the work that takes in the After-School Program at the Quito Family Resource Center. Sebastian has been part of our after school program since September of 2014 when he started first grade. This year we started to notice […]

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Teenager Turnaround: Michelle’s Story

October 31, 2015

By Robyn Wallace Sorting trash for recycling has long been a meager source of income for residents at the Quito Dump. ER’s Quito After School Program is trying to break that cycle by improving kids’ chances to complete their education and, ultimately, earn a better living. Michelle is one teenager who has benefitted from the […]

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Panty Project To Help Women in Poverty

September 1, 2015

By Kelly McClelland, ER Director of Women’s Advocacy Imagine digging through the garbage on a daily basis for recyclable items likes plastic, cardboard, glass and metal to earn your living. Now imagine surviving off of what you uncover in the garbage by selling what you find, eating leftover food, and reusing any goods you find, […]

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Helping Dump Families Thrive One Home at a Time

June 27, 2015

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications Director “We used to pray to God that he wouldn’t send the rain because we had a dirt floor. Rain was our biggest fear.” It’s bad enough being dirt poor, but when even the dirt turns against you, you’ve reached the bottom. That was the situation that confronted one family […]

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Providing Hope to the Littlest Ones at the Dump

June 5, 2015

Extreme Response has worked in the Quito Dump since 1997, starting with a focus helping kids living in extreme poverty. Our commitment to kids has only intensified over the years. Today, ER staff provide strategic programming that allows these kids to catch up to their peers. They do this by supplying nutritious meals and snacks, teaching […]

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Family Overcomes Hardships, Helps Quito Dump Kids

April 21, 2015

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications Director At one point, Carrie and Josh Bower dreamed about moving to a foreign country and working to change the lives of people living in extreme conditions. The future seemed wide open for the couple, who reside in northwest Indiana. Their first daughter, Maddie, was born in 2005. But their dream […]

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