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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, International, International Human Rights, International Relief, Religion, Youth Development

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: In 2015, 347 children were supported by sponsors; a very large sea container full of supplies was shipped to Uganda; 76, 604 meals were provided to children; two new sponsorship projects were started in Uganda; a discipleship & training center was completed; 5 homes for grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren were completed; four classrooms and a toilet facility were completed; a shift toward sustainability projects took place with the first project, a poultry farm, being started; and over 3,000 volunteer hours were donated to the work of Every Child Ministries.

Target demographics: Orphans and vulnerable children and youth (birth to 20 years) in Africa, especially in Ghana, Benin, DR Congo, and Uganda. 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, Benin, Uganda

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, aid to grandmothers single-handedly raising orphans Afayo--community development, educational support & sponsorships

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David222

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Lorella 06/18/2013

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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