Extreme Poverty

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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Destroyed Bakery Now Thriving

December 20, 2017

Hurricane Matthew, a cat 5 storm that devastated Haiti on Oct. 4-5, 2016, claimed 546 lives and produced $1.9 billion (U.S.) in damages. When we shared that ER partner Lemuel’s community was hit by the hurricane, many ER supporters stepped up to help by donating to a relief fund. The community asked for help rebuilding […]

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Lighthouse Gets Bathroom Makeovers

October 6, 2017

So many kids, so few bathroom options. That’s been the case for years at God’s Little Lighthouse (GLL), a pre-school that serves the families from local squatter communities. More than once, the situation has led to less-than-hygienic results. No more. Thanks to the hard work of ER staff, volunteers and donors, GLL is getting new […]

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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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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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Joy in the Moment, and in Dreams for Tomorrow

May 2, 2016

By Alyssa Carrel ER Volunteer to South Africa Children are known for their wild imaginations, the stories they create, the way they dream. But for a child growing up in poverty, dreams are a luxury they typically can’t afford. That’s why the South Africa Dream Centre is so important to children like Kayleen. This adorable […]

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From Green Home to Dream Home

August 25, 2015

Every day, Miguel and Jane, their daughter Patricia, their sons Luis, Edison, Miguel and Jefferson, plus two more extend family members, squeezed into their tiny home that featured green paneling near the entrance. Built with scavenged boards, the dilapidated house was all they had. In some countries, the little structure would have been condemned and the family would be out on […]

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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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Volunteers Help 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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Dawn with Masi Girl

Bringing Hope to People in Africa, Asia & Latin America

November 23, 2014

By Jerry Carnill, President & CEO , Extreme Response International I’d like to share a personal experience that shook me to my core, an event so powerful that I think about it often. During my first visit to Malawi I met with potential Extreme Response partners. Malawi was in the midst of severe drought and famine, […]

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