Educational Access

Educational Access Opens Doors to Escape Generational Poverty


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas

From the beginning, education has been instrumental in ER's strategy to help people living extreme circumstances. Our very first meetings in the Quito Dump were Kids Clubs, where the children of Dump recyclers were washed, fed and taught basic skills like coloring and storytelling.

Today we know that Educational Access - offering opportunities for struggling families to learn - is crucial to helping them escape generational poverty. Education builds self-esteem and confidence, while opening doors to employment, sustainable families and community leadership.

Unfortunately, many children from low-income families drop out of school because they lack school supplies, uniforms or nutrition. School pack drives, early childhood education, after-school programs and nutritious meals help overcome these challenges.

As a result, ER has made Educational Access a strategic initiative.

Some of our program that address Educational Access for children include the South Africa Dream Centre, the Manila Children's Home, the Quito Dump Child Development Center and the Quito After-School Program. In addition, many of our 30 partners operate programs that provide educational support for children.

While we focus heavily on children, we also address the educational needs of women and men.

In Quito, Ecuador, we operate a thriving Women's Program that attracts more than 60 women per week. In Manila, Philippines, we offer a year-long sewing and embroidery course through Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program. Graduates get a certificate and sewing machine to start their own businesses.

Our newest program, Pathway For Hope, is addressing educational needs in one at-risk Manila community.

ER also operates a Men's Program in Quito, where men learn carpentry, electrical and life skills in a workshop on the ground of the Quito Dump.

We see tremendous potential in the people we serve, just waiting to be unleashed so they can live dynamic and fulfilling lives.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – Buckminster Fuller

There are many ways you can get involved in our Educational Access Initiative.

  • Serve as a short-term volunteer or on a team that travels to our programs to teach, instruct, lead field trips or operate sports camps.
  • Support our "Educational Access" initiative. Donations are vital to operating our programs.
  • Participate in our annual summer School Pack Drive to help assure that children from struggling families have supplies and uniforms necessary to attend their schools.

We need help in our educational programming. If you are interested, email us at