Every Child Ministries

Rating: 4.92 stars   178 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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been child sponsors through Every Child Ministries for about five years now, and we appreciate the fact that this nonprofit squeezes every penny out of every dollar given for the various areas of ministry ECM touches. Their administration overhead costs are VERY LOW, and that allows more donation dollars to be used for ministering to the lives of people they serve in the field. The efficient use of a dedicated core of veteran volunteers at their international headquarters is the primary reason for this high ratio of donor dollars to the field versus admin costs. I highly recommend Every Child Ministries as one of the unsung heroes in the not-for-profit world!

 
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As a professional who has worked for another nonprofit for nearly 30-years, I am continually amazed by the impact Every Child Ministries is making with what many would consider to be a modest budget. My wife and I have been regular donors to ECM for about five years now, primarily as a sponsor of a young child's education at the school they own and operate in Accra, Ghana in West Africa. We appreciate the feedback we receive on how our child is doing in school and we can see how he has been progressing in his education and development because of the investment we are making in this ministry.

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

I would try to let more people know about the impact ECM is making in Africa, by reaching out to the "least of these" and those whom others may have forgotten. I would challenge those on the sidelines to take a closer look at ECM and consider how they might partner with them to help them to help more of the children of Africa!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I served with this agency on the mission field and have continued to be an active prayer partner and supporter. The work they do in Africa touches not just the spiritual souls of those they serve but also the actual lives they live by working to make the living conditions better. The former directors were passionate about their ministry and they have been diligent in finding a replacement director who is equally as passionate. They are excellent stewards of the agency funds and through prayer and creativity can stretch a dollar further than even my very frugal mother of six was able to do. Having seen and lived the work of this agency, I recommend this agency to anyone looking invest in the lives of African children, women and men.

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

Duplicate their passion and abilities to manage money into other agencies

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a social worker, I have been impressed again and again how ECM succeeds at helping people thrive by addressing needs from a holistic approach. They are my favorite non-profit to support and as a sponsor, I enjoy how very personal the communications are. They're great at engaging their supporters. I trust them in regards to how they manage the money I send them and find them overall inspiring in their care for people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I have sponsored two children through Every Child Ministries and my experience has been fantastic. ECM does exemplary work in reaching out to people in marginalized segments of society and with children in poverty who would otherwise be forgotten. I admire the work they have done with homeless street children, freeing and rehabilitating temple slaves, and making gains against sex trafficking in Africa. They look at people holistically and strive to meet basic, legal, educational, and spiritual needs. Additionally, they excel at communicating with sponsors, sending letters from children, frequent updates, and I even recevied a DVD which showed work at the school my child was living at and I got to see my child drumming and dancing. As a social worker, I have experience with many non-profit organizations and ECM recevies my highest commendation. I trust them implicitly with my donations and am grateful to play a small part in the valuable work they are doing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The best thing about Every Child Ministries is that they are constantly reaching out to those in need. The directors, John & Lorella Rouster, are eager to help whomever they can, all in the name of Christ. They operate on a small budget, but their service has great consequences. By working with the nationals in Ghana, the Congo, and Uganda, they have helped those most vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment. I personally support their ministry and have encouraged my church family to do so, for over 10 years.

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

Somehow get the word about it into the lives of more young people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Lorella (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks so much, Pastor O'Neil, for your kind & encouraging report. We appreciate your taking time to do this & for all the prayers you & the good folk at Mt. Hope have sent up on our behalf. Blessings, Lorella at ECM

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I went to Ghana on a mission trip in the summer of 2008 with ECM and spent my time at Haven of Hope. When I went to Haven of Hope, my eyes were opened to how God loves and takes care of the "least of these." through the people who contribute to and work for ECM. ECM loves these children with all their hearts. The children are loved, cared for, appreciated, cherished and taught the good news and hope of Jesus. I saw it. I experienced it. It was real. I met incredible and resilient children who have been through the worst experiences, yet they sing of their heavenly father and praise His name constantly. When I went to HOH, I was expecting to teach the children about God through VBS. Wow - did God show me that I was the one who needed to learn something through these children. These children are simply amazing. My time at Haven of Hope was an experience I will never forget. I sponsor one of the children I met at HOH. She wants to be a nurse. They send me her report cards and pictures that she has colored for me. What an amazing organization. ECM is making a difference. I've seen it. God is good. Thank you ECM!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I served as chairman of the missions committee in a medium sized church. One of my jobs was to evaluate our effectiveness in our giving. I evaluated 20 missionaries, and 10 organizations. Every Child Ministries came out to be the number 1 organizations as far as effectiveness, and low cost of administration. EMC, I tip my hat to you. You are the best. Dave LaBerge

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

I have watched their effectiveness in chainging lives in Africa

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

Can't think of a thing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

This organization has such a inpact in the lives of so many poor, sick, and enslaved women and children in Africa. All of this at such a low administration cost.

 
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