Women’s Advocacy

International Women’s Day: #BalanceforBetter

February 14, 2019

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 is #BalanceforBetter. At Extreme Response, we enthusiastically support helping women worldwide. According to the International Women’s Day Website, the event was first recognized in 1908 and is now a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We’ve witnessed first-hand […]

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Summer Camp for Golden Girls

July 6, 2018

By Ann Benavidez, Director, Golden Hands Livelihood Educational Program May was a busy month. For the first time we launched a Summer Sewing Camp for girls aging 7-12 years old. Nine girls attended a two-days-a-week class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for eight sessions. The girls learned hand sewing, basic stitches and how to use a […]

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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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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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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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Dunamis Helps Teen Mother Take Steps Toward Healing

January 18, 2016

In Quito, Ecuador, ER partner Dunamis seeks to restore the rights of young women and adolescents victimized by human trafficking. Here volunteer Rebekah Byrnes shares the story of how Dunamis touched the life of one of those young ladies – and how her own life was touched as well. The first day is always a little awkward. […]

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Panty Project To Help Women in Poverty

September 1, 2015

By Kelly McClelland, ER Director of Women’s Advocacy Imagine digging through the garbage on a daily basis for recyclable items likes plastic, cardboard, glass and metal to earn your living. Now imagine surviving off of what you uncover in the garbage by selling what you find, eating leftover food, and reusing any goods you find, […]

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Heartrending Stories, Radiant Beauty

August 29, 2015

By Kim Merrefield, Extreme Women’s Communications Writer Extreme Women volunteer Kim Merrefield recently returned from a visit with ER partners in South Africa. Here she describes her experiences meeting women of uncommon inner beauty. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the […]

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A Complex Land Made Simple Through Compassion

July 29, 2015

ER Director of Women’s Advocacy Kelly McClelland just returned from a trip to the Philippines to visit our ER Asia staff, including Regional Director Joshua Benevidez and his wife Anne. Kelly shares some of the impact she experienced. By Kelly McClelland Last week, I spent a day with several women living in deep poverty. For […]

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