Who We Are

Investing in Human Futures

Extreme Response is committed to investing in the lives of vulnerable people to help them break free from generational poverty.

Extreme Response exists to change the lives of people living in extreme situations. We are committed to investing in the lives of vulnerable people and to helping them break free from generational poverty. Our impact is strengthened through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations. This tactic is grounded in one of our core beliefs that while money changes circumstances, it’s through relationships that genuine life change takes place. ER strives to build and maintain meaningful relationships at every level, from those we serve to strategic partners to donors to volunteers. ER is a registered not-for-profit organization in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, the Philippines and South Africa.

Our programs and projects provide pathways of hope by focusing on these three pillars:

  • Education Reinforcement
  • Life Skills & Livelihood Training
  • Leadership Development

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Looking Back: Early Mission Defined

In the summer of 1997, an American family living in Quito, Ecuador felt the desire to help the children of parents living and working in the city’s garbage dump. They knew if those kids were given an opportunity and the right tools, they would have a brighter future. Our mission was simple: change the lives of those living in extreme, often life-threatening, situations through love, nutrition, shelter, health and hygiene.

ER has experienced significant growth. Since our founding in 2001 as an official 501(c)(3) international humanitarian organization serving only in Quito, Ecuador, we have grown to serve vulnerable people on four continents through the teamwork of 50+ staff, multiple national partners and hundreds of volunteers. Today, ER is focusing heavily on Investing In Human Futures by helping people escape generational poverty. Specifically, we are committed to creating opportunities for life change through education reinforcement, life skills training and leadership development.

Providing Skills, Hope and Opportunities

Here’s a snapshot of recent developments:

  • 2013: Launched the Quito Family Resource Center.
  • 2015: Opened a regional office in South Africa.
  • 2016: Opened the South Africa Dream Center to provide after-school help to at-risk kids.
  • 2018: Launched Pathway For Hope, a community development program serving in Manila.
  • 2019: Opened an expanded Dream Center in Fish Hoek
  • 2020: Provided emergency food, supplies and technology support during COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador, South Africa and the Philippines.
  • 2021: Launched the Limpopo Dream Center in partnership with Jabulani South Africa.
  • 2021: Launched L327-Fitness in South Africa to expand Life Skills Training for young men.
  • 2022: Planning to launch three  Dream Centers in Metro Manila.

Please join us as we build pathways of hope for vulnerable people. We’re excited to have you all along with us on this adventure!

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