Help Extreme Response Rescue More Kids in 2015

At the Quito Family Resource Center, kids of Dump workers receive after school tutoring and a meal.
At the Quito Family Resource Center, kids of Dump workers receive after school tutoring and a meal.

Extreme Conditions Require…an Extreme Response

By Jerry Carnill, ER President and CEO

I write this blog feeling immensely inspired and challenged. On one hand, ER is helping more people in more places than at any time in our 17-year history. We’re seeing tremendous success in changing the lives of people living in great poverty. See our Impact Report for a few highlights.

Beaufort west gril team from july 2014 Feeding program
Kids in Africa are especially vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition. Feeding programs help change their futures.

On the other hand, we’ve encountered more extreme needs this year than we are able to meet. From the fragile families working for pennies in the Quito Dump to street boys in the Manila Children’s Home to victims of the Nepal earthquakes, we’ve stretched ourselves across 10 countries and three continents to provide hope and help.

As we approach the halfway point in 2015, we are facing a budget shortfall of $150,000. We simply don’t have enough funds to help all the people, especially the children, who we set out to help this year. Yet, we are not discouraged because we’ve seen incredible generosity among ER supporters time and again as we’ve made needs known.

Dan McCann, an ER volunteer and supporter, outlined our challenge this way:

“It’s no secret that children bear the brunt of poverty. From abuse to abandonment to hunger to human trafficking, children are just plain vulnerable. I’ve personally witnessed kids in the Quito Dump go from dirty, sick and hungry to clean, healthy and thriving. I’ve seen Filipino street kids who are embraced and loved at the Manila Children’s Home be restored and reunited with their families. 

“I’ve also visited some of the bleakest slums in Africa – where kids are living in deplorable conditions, and Nepal – where girls are being lured into human trafficking. The good news is ER and its partners are giving these kids hope for the future. But there is much more to do, which is why I’m personally invested in ER’s growth.”

Zambiza girl face painted
ER’s Extreme Teams bring nutrition, education, recreation, health and Christmas to kids in poverty.

Dan and I are inviting you to join us in helping ER change the destinies of a generation of children. We can turn their lives from desperate and dire to hopeful and inspired.

Would you consider making a generous donation to ER in the next 30 days to help us meet these needs? With your help, we can rescue many more kids this year.

To help, please visit ER’s secure Website: www.extremeresponse.org/take-action/make-a-donation. Or, you can send a donation to Extreme Response International at P.O. Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078-0345 in the U.S. and Extreme Response Canada at P.O. Box 1013, Simcoe, ON N3Y 5B3. Please designate your donation “Mid-Year Gift”.

During the next 30 days, we’ll post updates on our Facebook page so you can see how these needs are being met. Thank you for caring about at-risk kids and for supporting Extreme Response!

Please contact me to discuss any of our programs, projects or relationships. I would love to share the way we are changing lives and how you can make a difference!

Serving Together,

Jerry

Jerry Carnill, Extreme ResponseJerry Carnill co-founded Extreme Response in 1997 and now serves as President and CEO. Contact Jerry at jcarnill@extremeresponse.org.

Jericho Goes Back to School

Jericho family

Sponsorship Program Rescues Filipino Youngster from a Life of Begging on the Streets

NapacorIn the suburbs just south of Manila, Philippines, lies Napacor, a community of shanties with no electricity or running water. Ironically, Napacor is built around an electricity tower and is named for the power company that owns it.

ER partner IT Tender (http://tender.iteams.ca) runs a “drop-in” community center adjacent to Napacor and serves the community’s approximately 70 families with the goal of empowering children to become educated and responsible leaders.

One of those children, Jericho, has been part of IT Tender’s weekly Night Life program since it was launched in 2013. Night Life allows children living in local squatter communities to visit the drop-in center, bathe and Jerichoenjoy a hot, healthy meal.

IT Tender staffers were aware that Jericho wasn’t attending school. They also knew he was begging on jeepneys, the ubiquitous buses of Manila’s public transportation system, and using a lovely singing voice to boost his cause. (This YouTube video, posted by a jeepney passenger, has garnered more than 200,000 views: http://youtu.be/awMQm4Fp9PA) IT Tender discourages children from begging, but couldn’t help being impressed by Jericho’s resourcefulness – he begged, he explained, so he could buy clothes that his family couldn’t otherwise afford.

IT Tender uses Night Life to refer children on to another one of its programs, Sponsor-A-Child Now (SACN). SACN helps children like Jericho return to school by covering the costs of uniforms, supplies, transportation and lunches, and providing extracurricular activities such as educational field trips and family retreats.

This year, thanks to a new sponsor, Jericho was able to enter the SACN program and enroll in grade 6. He graduated from elementary school in April, is no longer begging and dreams of becoming a doctor. As long as he remains committed to the program, his sponsorship is expected to continue through his high school years.

“I am grateful because I was chosen to be a sponsored child,” Jericho recently told IT Tender staff. “I hope I will learn so much from you and the program. May God bless you.”

Learn more about IT Tender at http://www.extremeresponse.org/our-partners/asia#b2. If you are interested in sponsoring a child to go to school, your support can be set up through Extreme Response by contacting IT Tender’s John Coffey at john.coffey@iteams.ca.