History

THE ER FOUNDING STORY

For generations, struggling families in Quito, Ecuador built informal settlements in the city’s garbage dump, living off the limited resources around them. In the late 1990’s, Jerry & Dawn Carnill were serving as missionaries in Quito when they saw these families living and working in the dump. Driven by compassion and faith, they reached out to the community through informal kids clubs. The parents responded positively when they saw volunteers shower love and care upon their children.

As the clubs grew, so did support from friends and volunteers. It became clear that if the recycling families were given an opportunity – and the right tools – they would have a much brighter future. In 2001, generous support for the community allowed the Carnills, along with close friends Russ and Gina Cline, to formally establish Extreme Response International (ER). Today ER is a global humanitarian organization, headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Ecuador, The Philippines, and South Africa.

Sept. 2021

Sept. 2021

Limpopo Dream Center launched in South Africa

Aug. 2021

Aug. 2021

L327-Fitness launched to mentor youth in Fish Hoek

Feb. 2021

Feb. 2021

Brad McKenna joins ER as President & CEO

2020

2020

ER responds to COVID pandemic with computer labs & feeding programs

May 2020

May 2020

New logo launched with “Building Pathways of Hope” theme integrated into design

2018

2018

Pathway For Hope program launched near Manila

Dec. 2016

Dec. 2016

20th Anniversary of the Quito Dump Christmas party

Jan. 2016

Jan. 2016

Dream Center opens in South Africa

2015

2015

Golden Hands Livelihood launched for women in Manila

Jan. 2015

Jan. 2015

Africa Region Office opens in Fish Hoek, South Africa

Jan. 2014

Jan. 2014

Manila Children’s Home opens

June 2013

June 2013

Asia Region Office opens in Manila, Philippines

2013

2013

Quito Women’s Resource Center opens (now known as Quito Family Resource Center)

May 2010

May 2010

U.S. office opened in Snellville, GA

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas celebrations for 14,800 in Ecuador, SA, Philippines, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nepal

Dec. 2006

Dec. 2006

Medical Clinic opens at Dump location

2006

2006

ER Canada is established by Paul & Linda Cripps

April 2006

April 2006

Dump Daycare Center opens – one child (Veronica) first day – many to follow

2006

2006

Leader Mundial is formed by Russ Cline

2006

2006

ER buys building in North Quito – renovates for offices and work team space

Christmas 2004

Christmas 2004

Ron & Barb Cline lead the first ER Christmas team to South Africa. 6,100 people attend in Quito & Cape Town

Dec. 2002

Dec. 2002

Original Zambiza dump is closed – people scattered

Sept. 2001

Sept. 2001

First team to Living Hope to work on the clinic in Masi (Mike Carnill, Dale Meier & Jim Witt)

2001

2001

ER is registered as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Georgia, USA

Christmas 1997

Christmas 1997

First Annual Christmas Party at the Dump – 500 attend – put on by the Carnills, Clines, HCJB and Alliance volunteers

Nov. 1997

Nov. 1997

First Kids’ Club in Dump – Carnills, Beth Kinzel and high schoolers from Alliance Academy

June 1997

June 1997

The first team (At Any Cost from Sacramento, CA) and the Carnill family enter the dump and pass out fruit and bread

March 1997

March 1997

Jerry & team from Grace Fellowship Church, Lilburn GA stop to take a look at the people working and living in the Quito Dump in Zambiza

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