Every Child Ministries

Rating: 4.92 stars   177 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, International, Religion

Location: Box 810 875 S State Rd. 2 Hebron IN 46341 USA

Mission: The lives of millions of African children have been devastated by war, disease, poverty and injustice. Every Child Ministries seeks to accomplish its purpose by providing direct compassionate aid to abandoned and needy children, working for the release and rehabilitation of child slaves, providing training and teaching materials to African churches, enabling them to establish and strengthen Sunday schools and other youth ministries, offering Bible teaching in the schools, and providing assistance to war-affected children. At the discretion of the local churches who know the needs of their community best, the Sunday schools may teach practical subjects like health, nutrition and literacy in addition to character building stories from the Bible. Our goal, as God enables us, is to help every village or neighborhood in Africa that desires to start or strengthen such a ministry.

Every Child Ministries was founded in 1985 after John and Lorella Rouster saw children forcibly expelled from churches because there was insufficient room to seat children and adults at the same time, and because the churches had no idea how to teach the children separately. Our programs have expanded to meet many needs of African children, who will be the future leaders of the continent. ECM is especially committed to children normally marginalized by society.
Results: This year we were able to free 52 victims of ritual servitude in Ghana and offered two vocational training seminars to help these start new lives. We are also sending 2 of them to longer term vocational training, and we started a boutique to help them sell survivor-made goods in Ghana. In Uganda we helped 75 displaced families resettle and expand their agricultural work to better feed their families. We are also expanding our educational capacity at Haven of Hope Academy in Ghana, building a junior high school. 47 children now find safety, shelter and love at Haven of Hope Children's home in Ghana. In Uganda we expanded a project to help a child who had been ritually abused and then discarded in a sack and began a program to help Karimojong beggar children in Kampala.
Target demographics: Orphans and vulnerable children and youth (birth to 20 years) in Africa, especially in Ghana, Togo, Benin, DR Congo, Uganda, and New (southern) Sudan. Some of our programs encompass families. We seek to help outcast children who are rejected, forgotten or neglected by society at large.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 221.901
Geographic areas served: DR Congo, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Uganda, New Sudan
Programs: Haven of Hope Home for Children & Academy Street Children Initiatives vs. Child Trafficking, Child Slavery, Child Prostitution, Ritual Sacrifice Child sponsorship for education of vulnerable children Vocational training for street youth & former slaves Character Building from the Bible lessons for schools Training of national leadership for children & youth Child prisoners ministry Ministry to war-displaced children Ministry to African children with albinism The Way Home--forever families for orphans Grannies program-aid to grandmothers single-handedly raising orphans

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECM was founded by my Aunt and Uncle many years ago. Uncle John and Aunt Lorella have dedicated their lives to ECM. It is amazing how it has grown over the years. It is also amazing all of the great things happening because of the ministry. Keep up the good work!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their newsletters, and personal contact with the founders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband & I support 2 children. I have been very impressed with the person attention to each child and donor. The children faithfully send reports of their progress and pictures they draw for us. I live close to the ECM office so I go to the office and see the operation first hand. They are doing a very good job of loving the forgotten and unloved children in Africa. I am very happy to be involved with this ministry, and I know the Lord is pleased.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The two children we support are doing well. Our boy has recently accepted Christ as his savior. That makes it all worth while.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECM is my favorite non-profit ministry. I love that they support the children of Africa and provide orphanages for those on the streets. They are also involved in freeing slaves and stopping trafficking. The newsletters are so down-to earth and real and the reader gets a genuine sense of what is going on there. I feel as though they are very resourceful with the money that is donated and that it goes a long way. I trust ECM and feel that they use donated money wisely. They are also trying to help the families there to be successful in a trade that can be self-supporting.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their newsletter and prayer calendar are very informative

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them get more money so they can continue the work in Africa that they have been doing so well

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Sunday School class became involved with ECM by sponsoring a child. The feedback we received was awesome. We received newsletters and individual letters from our child. We also received report cards and other updates from his teachers and caregivers. We were able to send notes to our child and received notes back from him so we know they were delivered quickly half a world away. ECM is serious about caring for children and they do an incredible job preparing them for their world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Incredible feedback from the organization on ways I could help and how the sponsored child was getting help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more money so they can better serve the children of Africa

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

From members of my church

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became interested in ECM's ministry because my church and I very much support the work this ministry is doing in Ghana, Africa. We support the Driscoll's , 2 missionaries in this organization, with prayer support and financial support.The Driscoll's were at our church in early January and showed us videos of the school that has been completed and many of the children they are working with. I feel very strongly in their efforts to free the Trokosi slaves, educating the people about this
practice and educating the children , as well as meeting physical needs. I am excitedly awaiting my trip to Ghana the end of July to work as a volunteer!
I know any money they receive is put to good use.I feel like they are very worthy of any monies your organization could reward them with!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My church is in constantly updated on the work of this ministry through correspondence with John andCarolyn Driscoll ,visits from them when in the states,and slides/videos.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know of any.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the board at ECM for a number of years. John and Lorella are outstanding directors. They are very organized and very thrifty in everything they do. They give of their time and talents 24/7. They are always available. We sponsor a child at Haven of Hope and it has been a joy joy to watch her learn and grow. We write letters to each other and ECM sends us her report cards. I also volunteer one day a week and do a variety of things. There is a lot of volunteer work to be done. Won't you come and help us? ? ?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

John and Lorella are outstanding directors. They are very organized and thrifty in everything they do. They give of their time and talents 24/7. They are always available. We sponsor a child at Haven of Hope and it has been a joy to watch her grow and learn. We write letters to each other and ECM sends us her report cards. I also volunteer one day a week and do a variety of different things. There is a lot of volunteer work to be done. Won't you come and help us ? ?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization I would suggest that John and Lorella have at least one day a week for themselves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every Child Ministries offers hope to children who have lived without hope and the expectation of ever having any of their dreams come true. I personally have been to Uganda with ECM and have been so impressed with the National staff and most certainly with the founders of this ministry! While they are fully committed to improving the physical well being of children, John & Lorella Rouster are people who realize that children who learn about God, who He is and commit their lives to Jesus Christ have a hope that even the most horrific conditions will never be able to destroy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As I have traveled to Uganda with Lorella Rouster and seen the National staff at work in the IDP camp and school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes I would make in this ministry.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECM has been an amazing ministry for my family. We have a child (Denis) that we support through them. They are very upfront about the costs and where the money goes and how it helps. I have very consistent reports and messages that come back from Denis, along with pictures, report cards, and notes from him. My family LOVES what we do for him, and feel he's a part of our family. I'm also encouraged by everything the ministry does. Connecting these kids to Christ is priority #1, but not just in words...in actions too. Digging wells for fresh water, raising schools, providing essentials, and more. All of it shows their heart and more. May God bless all their efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our time with ECM has helped us to think of others more and ourselves less. Sometimes we are more concerned about the things we want, but when we think of Denis our problems don't seem so big. Our kids think of Denis and pray for him every single day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. I'd like to see it promoted on a larger scale. Not to compare, but I think dollar for dollar they do as much if not more "good" that Compassion Int. Not to say Compassion isn't a great ministry, but they certainly have a larger audience. 2. I'd like to see the development (and maybe there is and I just don't know it) of the next John and Lorella. Rousters 2.0 for the next generation.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The seriousness of a need, and the ease in which we can help.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Feel compelled.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Top Notch and these people are making a difference in lives, every single day!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter visited ECM in Ghana, Africa in 2008. We got to hear and see the difference that ECM is making in the lives of the children there. This is the only ministry that I'm aware of that works toward freeing the Trokosi slaves! What a great work! Several shrines have liberated the slaves that were held there and a great many of them have come to the knowledge of a loving Savior through the efforts of ECM! We were so impressed that we have been sponsoring a little boy there ever since 2008. We have had the privilege of watching him grow and knowing that his life is much better due to ECM and our donations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching this child grow and become healthy and happy. Also, seeing the Trokosi slaves that have been liberated.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They just need more funding to be able to accomplish even more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every Child Ministries is people truly helping people who are in need and changing lives for the better.
We know the director and family on a personal basis from our church in Indiana and they have done a wonderful, sacrificial and loving job for a long time now!
We are supporters of a young lady in Africa who has written us personally and told us how ECM has helped her family and how thankful she is to our family for being a part of her life.
To read updates and receive the prayer requests from this group of people, you can see for yourself the amazing work they are doing! They truly are making a difference for people here and for eternity.
Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being touched by the work they are doing and to be a small part of it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. Amazing job already!

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