History

In the summer of 1997, while living in Quito, Ecuador, Extreme Response founders Jerry and Dawn Carnill felt compassion 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 much brighter future. Together with friends, they began reaching out to the dump families through kids’ clubs.

During the next five years, support for this work grew, cumulating with Extreme Response launching as a 501(c)(3) international humanitarian organization serving in Ecuador. Today, we also operate programs in South Africa and the Philippines.

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

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

Nov. 1997

Nov. 1997

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

Christmas 1997

Christmas 1997

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

Christmas 1999

Christmas 1999

1,200 attend the Christmas party – blankets were handed out as gifts

2001

2001

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

Sept. 2001

Sept. 2001

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

Dec. 2002

Dec. 2002

Original Zambiza dump is closed – people scattered

Christmas 2003

Christmas 2003

More than 3,550 people attend Christmas parties at the Dump, Argelia Alta and with Living Hope in South Africa

Christmas 2004

Christmas 2004

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

2006

2006

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

2006

2006

Leader Mundial is formed by Russ Cline

April 2006

April 2006

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

2006

2006

ER Canada is established by Paul & Linda Cripps

Dec. 2006

Dec. 2006

Medical Clinic opens at Dump location

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008

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

May 2010

May 2010

U.S. office opened in Snellville, GA

2013

2013

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

June 2013

June 2013

Asia Region Office opens in Manila, Philippines

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Over 12,450 attend Christmas celebrations in Ecuador, Nepal, South Africa and Philippines

Jan. 2014

Jan. 2014

Manila Children’s Home opens

Jan. 2015

Jan. 2015

Africa Region Office opens in Fish Hoek, South Africa

Jan. 2016

Jan. 2016

Dream Center opens in South Africa

Dec. 2016

Dec. 2016

20th Anniversary of the Quito Dump Christmas party

2018

2018

Pathway For Hope program launched near Manila

July 2019

July 2019

2nd Dream Center campus opens in South Africa

May 2020

May 2020

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

2020

2020

ER responds to COVID pandemic with computer labs & feeding programs

Feb. 2021

Brad McKenna joins ER as President & CEO

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