I've been volunteering at Every Child Ministries for over 30 years now! This is a ministry that's given its all to share the gospel with children who would otherwise be looked over, or pushed aside. This ministry is super frugal with every dollar that is donated, so you don't have to worry about how your donations are spent. No fancy offices with beautiful furniture, no huge salaries to meet, just plain, honest people who love Jesus and the children of Africa!
Incredible nonprofit that is truly changing children's lives in Africa with an amazing focus on sustainability and helping empower communities to become self-sustaining!
My children and I used to volunteer at ECM every Friday, and it was a great learning and growing experience for them. They could see how much they truly have and learn to share both time and resources with others. The staff are amazing, too!
We have supported ECM for over 20 years. Whenever we have a little extra money we try to send it to one of their current projects. We have met the American staff and visited the office. It is unbelievable how these few humble individuals can make the lives of so many children in Africa better in a tangible way, and teach them about Jesus. 93 cents of every dollar is used for the ministry of the poorest African children. They are able to do this because of the many, many volunteers who help in a myriad of ways. But also because the staff is always looking for ways to cut unnecessary costs starting with their own small salaries and humble office. I invite and challenge you to peruse their website and you will be amazed at the many areas where they are impacting the lowliest of forgotten children. You will also recognize the efficiency and clarity they have in addressing projects, people and needs. But most of all, the staff, the volunteers, and the many, many workers in Africa pray all the time and God answers for His children. Every part of the ministry that you see on their website, really happens. It is an amazing ministry.
I have been donating to ECM, and volunteering when possible for over 20 years. We all have many opportunities to support very worthy causes. I choose to send any extra money I have to ECM for these reasons:
Over several decades of serving forgotten children they have been able to use 94%+ of the donations directly for the needs of the children. (Only 6% is used for salaries and administrative costs) They are able to do this because they rely very heavily on volunteers to do the work in the states; short-term missionaries who raise their own support to go to Africa and minister; and in the African countries the programs are all run by local churches, pastors, people who have grown up in the area and know the people and culture.
Secondly ECM is incredibly transparent and open about all the ministries they are working in. Their website is easy to use and they answer questions immediately if you call their office. When the workers in Africa encounter emergencies like a throw away child, or a child with immediate medical issues, ECM lets you know of the opportunity to become involved in even a very small way in meeting that specific need. You also see the results. They send out newsletters, with pictures, and stories of the children, not statistics - so you are able to pray for faces with names and feel connected with their needs and success stories.
We sponsor one of the children who lives at Haven of Hope and is educated in their school. We exchange letters and pictures with him; are aware of the issues he faces; and feel like we are a part of his life. We receive reports from his teachers and the orphanage, so we know how to pray for him and how to write to him.
We recently helped pack a sea container to go to Africa. It was packed by volunteers. The boxes were different sizes because they were all boxes that had been repurposed and filled with donations gathered and packed by individuals - things like textbooks, medical supplies, toothpaste, sunglasses for the albino children, repurposed tables and chairs for the school. ECM repackages old Sunday School lessons with relevant BIble lessons, pictures of black children and plaques with BIble verses made from old greeting cards for the children to hang on their barren walls. It is amazing how ECM repurposes the castoffs of our society to meet very real needs of forgotten children in Africa.
The founders, directors, and very few paid employees of ECM are not earning their living, working in a non-profit organization. They are passionate about the forgotten children of Africa, donating back to the organization themselves, and taking the smallest salaries possible. The ministry is truly awesome and you feel like a part of a team of caring people
My husband and I had the privilege of serving for two weeks with ECM in Uganda with the Afayo Project. Seeing firsthand the work that is being done there was so encouraging . I appreciated the true caring and concern demonstrated by ECM staff for each person, whether it be a child in the school or an adult in the community. I appreciated the relationships being built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect.This takes lots of time and lots of listening, and does not happen overnight! I appreciated the focus on sustainability, and the flexibility within the organization to meet needs as they arise. ECM is the real deal!
The folks of this organization truly care for people. Whether it's the orphaned children of AIDS, the adult women who have been entrapped into the Tracosi (not sure of the spelling) slave trade or the sick from all the diseases of their area, ECM will do whatever they can to help out. They love them all and let them know it.
But their overriding goal and main objective is bringing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all these people. They know that no matter what else they do, if they don't point them to Christ all will be in vain.
And every dollar that comes in, they stretch to go as far as possible, but there are always projects waiting for the funds to come in. They make do with a very small salary so that more can be available for the work. Their volunteers are very dedicated and faithful.
But they are suffering from the same malady so many organizations are, new, younger volunteers are not forthcoming and they may have to begin paying for some of the work that volunteers have traditionally done.
I have traveled to Africa and seen the work in Ghana. They really help the children spiritually and education and with health. There are other ministries of ECM that I visited such as women freed from ritual servitude. Lorella really knows the customs and so on to help take care of political and legal aspects of the ministry. No money is wasted. They are very frugal, and I do not worry that any donations will be wasted.
Every Child Ministries maintains integrity by focusing on the Lord and His work in Africa. The staff is small and volunteers have huge hearts! I love ECM!
I spent four months in Ghana as a teaching volunteer with Every Child Ministries. What a wonderful organization it is! I love that ECM works toward employing the native people to help spread the ministry and make it effective in helping the people of the country. Teaching teams included one Ghanaian and one American, orphanage moms were women from the same area, and most local offices were staffed by Ghanaians. ECM is a great organization to support!
Every Child Ministries does an amazing work in reaching out to the forgotten children in Africa. My family has know John and Lorella Rouster, the founders of ECM for many years. It is amazing to me that this couple began as missionaries to the people of Congo and have grown to serve children and adults in Congo, Ghana and Uganda. When others in Uganda were trying to reach out to the refugee children, many who had been forced to become child soldiers, they went to John and Lorella for advise. ECM has many ministries serving street children, orphans, training Sunday school workers, helping women released from slavery. It is interesting and worth reading about their different ministries. Each one started because John and Lorella saw a need; God touched their hearts and a new ministry was started. There are so many organizations trying to help those less fortunate. If you want to help desperate children, you can know that your money and support will be saving these "African Jewels"!
I have been a donor and a casual volunteer for Every Child MInistries for 20 years. Because of my personal involvement I can attest with authority and experience that the organization is rock solid. Their level of financial and personal integrity is beyond question. They operate a huge ministry with a skeletal paid staff here is in the US. Most of the administrative work is handled by volunteers, so that the money can go to the forgotten children and ministries in Africa.
As a child sponsor, I have a relationship with my child. I regularly receive pictures and reports on his school work and behavioral development. As soon as they are old enough they send pictures and letters to you. (English is taught in Ghana) I am currently corresponding with my 16 yr. old child on a regular basis, after 6 years of sponsorship.
I donate to several organizations, but I feel so strongly about the work ECM is accomplishing that anytime I have extra money I send it to ECM and trust them to use it where needed. I could go on and on, but I invite you to view their webpage. It will draw you in and you will be amazed at the things they are accomplishing, and the tremendous needs they are revealing. You will also feel their sincere heart to rescue children and help them grow to love the Lord and live strong independent lives giving back to others.