Women’s Advocacy

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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20 Ways To Engage With ER in 2019

January 2, 2019

Having grown up in Ecuador and experiencing ER’s outreach to the poorest of the poor first-hand, Rheanna Cline created the following list to encourage everyone to celebrate 20 years of ER Christmas parties in the Quito Dump. We’ve updated it slightly for 2019. (Posted Sept. 25, 2016, updated Dec. 26, 2018) By Rheanna Lea Cline […]

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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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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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Filipino Family Rallies Around Pig Business

August 25, 2017

(Aug. 25, 2017 Update) The Algang Nanay piggery project run by ER partner Batang Matinik continues to produce inspiring stories of changed lives in Quezon City, Philippines. Originally launched to help women generate income by raising pigs (see below), Algang Nanay (Mother’s Care) has helped turn one Filipino father’s life around as well. Kuya Erning […]

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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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Matching Funds Goal Exceeded!

January 2, 2017

(Jan. 2, 2017 Update) We Love Our Supporters We made it! Thanks to your generosity, ER was able to receive $200,000 in matching funds. Generous donors had offered to match up to $200,000 in donations given to ER as part of our year-end Love-Hope-Opportunity 2017 Impact Campaign. Many of you responded. ER exceeded the $200,000 threshold […]

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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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Sowing Hope While Sewing Clothes

March 15, 2016

By Pen Pen Bullo, Extreme Response Asia Staff In today’s short-cut society, there are “life hacks” that teach us quick and easy ways to fix things. But when it comes to lives broken by poverty, abuse, abandonment, oppression, human trafficking and neglect, there are no short cuts, no simple hacks to make things better. Faced […]

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