ER Asia

Am I Beautiful?

June 17, 2019

By Walt Walkowski, ER Global Impact Coordinator Last month while in Manila to help Ravenna Baptist Church sponsor a youth sports camp, I was approached by one of the girls who asked me something in Tagalog (Filipino language). A co-worker interpreted. The girl asked, “Am I beautiful?” I told her, “Yes, absolutely, you are beautiful!” And she […]

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Overcomers: Girls Learn Life Skills

June 2, 2019

  Last month 11 at-risk girls learned basic sewing at the second Golden Hands Sewing Camp near Manila. The camp provides the girls with life and job skills to help propel them forward. All the girls had to learn to cut patterns and sew, and then make a reversible bag. Here, they proudly show off […]

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Nepal Summit Inspires Leaders

May 24, 2019

Question: When a young organization is helping vulnerable people in distant, sometimes remote parts of the world, how do you make sure the work is sustainable? This is a real-life challenge faced by ER partner Xulon Project of Pokhara, Nepal and others in the region. Answer: The solution is to train the current and next […]

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Manila Trauma Training Benefits the Vulnerable

May 22, 2019

By Walt Walkowski, ER Global Impact Coordinator (May 23, 2019) How do you help a child learn when that child is dealing with the trauma of being abandoned by his parents? How do you help a woman with livelihood training when she is struggling with homelessness? Sadly, abandonment, abuse, hunger, thirst, shelter, deaths, typhoons, fires, flooding, […]

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What’s Cooking in Manila?

April 25, 2019

By John Coffey, IT Tender Team Leader (April 26, 2019) School is out for the summer in Manila, but the children are still hungry to learn. During the months of April and May, the learning continues at IT Tender with our summer projects and events. The temperature reaches almost 40 degrees celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), […]

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MCH Kids Embark on Right of Passage

March 11, 2019

Remember your teen years? If you’re like most people, you worked really hard to figure out who you were and where you were headed – all while filled with teenage angst and confusion. Now add to that mix that you live in a children’s home because of abandonment, abuse, neglect or a tragedy that left […]

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Nutrition is Helping Kids Fight Cancer

June 13, 2018

Imagine learning that your child has cancer and needs treatment at a hospital in a distant city, but you have no resources because you are poor. Out of love for your child, you travel from your home anyway and hope for the best. Many families in the Philippines face this nightmarish situation and become hopeless […]

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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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Malnourished Mel Overcomes the Odds

February 20, 2017

By John and Gela Basiwa, Manila Children’s Home When Mel* was rescued from the streets at age nine, he was underweight and had severe health issues. Having spent years on the street with his family, he was diagnosed with primary complex disease, a precursor to tuberculosis. Mel’s outlook was bleak. The third of four children, […]

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Toto’s Redemption

February 10, 2017

By John and Gela Basiwa, Manila Children’s Home Ten-year-old Toto* was angry when he showed up at the Manila Children’s Home (MCH) three years ago. So angry, in fact, that he fought with the other boys and even his own siblings. At one point, Toto got ahold of a knife and threatened another boy. Then, […]

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