Extreme Response grew out of a small children’s club in the garbage dump in Quito, Ecuador. In June 1997, ER’s founders began working with the 300-plus people who lived and worked among the trash. Back then, the children and babies were next to their moms, picking through the trash. While these families continue to battle fiercely against poverty, much has changed, including that most of the recycling children now attend school. Thanks to ER, they now have a safe place to bask in hope and pursue new dreams.
The Quito Dream Center provides a safe and nurturing environment for these vulnerable kids. We currently have 40+ children enrolled and succeeding in their schoolwork.
Every Monday through Thursday, the kids come to the center before or after school (depending on their school schedules) and receive a nutritious meal, homework help, specialized tutoring and basic life skills training. Scholarship money helps cover the cost of operating the Dream Center, food, reading materials and school supplies.