What is Poverty?
According to the UN, “poverty entails more than the lack of income and productive resources to ensure sustainable livelihoods. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.” Today, more than 780 million people live below the international poverty line. This means that more than 11% of the world population is living in extreme poverty and struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation. More than 160 million children are at risk of continuing to live in this extreme poverty by 2030.
Extreme Response exists to minister to these people, who awaken each day to lives of despair and hopelessness. We seek to meet them at the point of their need and invite them into mutually encouraging relationship and community. We provide them with tools and resources that enable them to embark on new pathways of hope and change. In other words – we invest in human futures. Because we believe that true and lasting life-change occurs in relationship with Jesus Christ, all of our programs are rooted in the presentation of the Gospel, Bible study and discipleship.
The combination of time, labor, funds and love invested by hundreds of supporters is changing futures. As you look at the “ER Case for Impact” brochure (above left) and three impact program highlights (right), remember these statistics represent individual lives. It’s people like you who are providing the resources that build these pathways of hope.
Extreme Response International empowers people living in challenging circumstances to disrupt the cycle of generational poverty.
Golden Hands Livelihood
Nearly 100 women/girls have gained sewing and livelihood skills through ER’s Golden Hands program.
South Africa Dream Center
40+ children received 3,078 hours of education instruction and 1,500 meals in one quarter alone this year.
Quito Dream Center Kids
The 40+ kids (more on the waiting list) in our after-school program receive approximately 7,500 hot lunches annually.