Sustainable Business Development

Empowered: 20 Women Graduate Sewing Training Courses

April 2, 2019

By Anne Benavidez, Director, Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program (March 29, 2019) March was a huge month for women’s empowerment in Manila. First, on March 15, seven women graduated from the Golden Hands Livelihood program’s 2018-19 Sewing and Pattern Making Class. This course started in June 2018 and the women persevered for eight months of weekly […]

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Women Gain New Skills

March 29, 2019

(March 28, 2019) For more than a year, ER has invested into a greater-Manila community with the goal of helping empower women – and entire families – so they can live sustainable and fulfilling lives. After extensive research, interviews and analysis, our staff and volunteers have been pouring into the community in several ways. Now […]

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First Living Room Furniture Delivered!

February 18, 2019

Story update: Fast forward less than one year, and the guys in the Quito Dump Community Men’s program are producing some stellar furniture. Check out this set below. Notice the recycled pallet wood. How awesome is this? ER’s Pete Emery shares: “We delivered our first living room set that the guys have been working hard […]

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Family Evicted from the Sidewalk

October 19, 2018

While ER helps hundreds of vulnerable women annually, we focus our blogs on just a few so readers can follow their journeys. The following story updates Gina’s journey, which we introduced in fall 2017.  By Anne Benavidez, ER Asia (Oct. 19, 2018) Gina Tublag was one of the Golden Hands third class of graduates last […]

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A Skilled GirlForce

October 11, 2018

October 11 marks an important day of recognition. The United Nations has declared it “The Day of the Girl“ – a time to reflect on the challenges facing young women worldwide and pursue solutions. Here’s what the UN is sharing: “Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being […]

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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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Directors Inspire, Challenge Extreme Response

January 31, 2018

By Tim Fausch, ER Communications Last month, Extreme Response updated our board profiles. In doing so, we realized how important our board has become to ER’s continued growth and impact. We are blessed with creative, talented, compassionate and dedicated board members. The board keeps ER leadership accountable, offers strategic input and challenges us to think […]

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Elegant Fashions Helping Trafficked Girls

October 5, 2017

Many people are angry at the injustice of human trafficking. Katie Martinez is doing something awesome in response. By Tim Fausch, ER Communications As a farm girl in Iowa, Katie Martinez didn’t set out to help human trafficking victims. Inspired to pursue fashion by watching her mom sew, her life was planned out. In 2005 […]

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Sewing Sally Shares Her Infectious Joy

February 25, 2017

By Anne Benevidez, ER Asia Sally is one of the second batch of trainees of the Golden Hands Basic Sewing Class. She is among the faithful volunteer workers of Batang Matinik, one of ER Asia’s partner in the Philippines. The Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program is run by ER Asia in a effort to help women […]

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Gracious, Glamorous Golden Grads

April 7, 2016

By Anne Benavidez, Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program Director Like caterpillars emerging as beautiful butterflies from their cocoons, eight members of the Golden Hands Livelihood Education Program celebrated being the program’s very first graduates. Each of the women wore dresses they made themselves and enjoyed a time of recognition, glamour and thankfulness. The graduation ceremony was […]

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