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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

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been sponsoring a child through ECM for many years. Our experience has been consistently positive through the years. They are dedicated and conscientious. They truly care about the kids they sponsor, the slaves they're freeing, and the education and housing they provide to homeless children. The little girl we started sponsoring many years ago is now 16 and passed her high school exams! We are so proud of her and so glad she has a home with Christian caregivers and educators who support her.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been helping to support Every Child Ministries for years. Throughout these many years Every Child Ministries has been consistently trustworthy, sincere, accountable, and appreciative. We are honored to support their work in Africa and have seen the results of our donations as our sponsored child has grown into a healthy, vibrant young lady. I can't recommend them highly enough!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer and as a child and staff sponsor for 25 years. They do a lot with a little and I wholeheartedly recommend Every Child Ministries if you want to be sure your donation dollars are truly making a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this ministry for 25 years, first as a short-term missionary, and as a donor ever since, sponsoring both a pastor and a child, as well as helping with special projects from time to time. This is a ministry that does a LOT with a LITTLE. I always know my gifts are making a difference.

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Ronald21

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a child sponsor and have gone on short term mission trips with Every Child Ministries. They are top notch and use all funds wisely. I highly recommend them to anyone. They use Indigenous staff and integrate well with western volunteers and missionaries. The children that are sponsored are well taken care of and are given quality educations. ECM deserves the highest ratings

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor for about 12 years now. It is very fulfilling to know I'm changing the lives of children by helping them with their education. This is an outstanding organization that truly cares about all children. In a country where there can be such turmoil & poverty, ECM is a beacon of hope and safety. It has been inspiring watching ECM expand their reach as they have grown their ministry. I highly recommend this nonprofit. They are excellent stewards with the monies they receive.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the updates on the projects that they have going and the different ways to give, either time, funds or specific items. Their diligence and simplicity truly make me feel like I am partnering with them and making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor with this nonprofit for about three years. They help provide for Children that are homeless in Africa and provide schooling so they can learn skills to improve their lifestyle. The child I sponsor, Titus writes me from time to time and the charity keeps me informed about how he is doing in his schoolwork. My funds enable him to attend the school. I am impressed with the sincerity, efficiency and caring that this charity exhibits.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting two children thru ECM, one child for over 10 years now. I like ECM because I get regular reports on my childrens' progress and ECM is very easy to reach out to if I have specific needs or concerns. They are very conscientious of the money they are entrusted with to help improve poor and desperate childrens lives in Africa.

Linda422

Donor

Rating: 5

Making a difference to 'the least of these' is what ECM so clearly does. Being not just 'good' but GREAT stewards of the monies entrusted to them reveals where the leadership's heart in this ministry's is really focused. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells of how God has placed eternity in the hearts of men. Eternity will only tell of how compassionately and diligently the work being done thru this ministry has drawn many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ thru meeting human needs. We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you ever want to get involved with an organization that helps children and families, honors the Lord, and uses your contributions to further this work of the Lord; ECM is what you have been looking for. I support 3 children, and have been extremely grateful to have been a part of this organization for over 10 years. I know where my money is going; to help children in need. And by supporting these kids, or even just donating a sum of money for the work, I know that things are accomplished in the Lord' s name and for the furtherance of His gospel. Women and children who were enslaved in the temples have been freed. Families get much needed food and supplies to help them live and work. But most of all, people are hearing about Jesus and getting saved!! May God bless this work. And may God bless all the ones who are involved with this special ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting several children for years now, and am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful ministry. I know that my support is used to help these children in their everyday lives. They hear the Gospel, are fed, and have someone who shows them love and takes care of them when circumstances are too hard for their families, or they don't have a family to take care of them. Children are taken off the streets; adults and children are freed from temple slavery; but the best thing is that they hear about how Jesus loves them. For anyone who is wanting to help and know that their support is going for a good cause, this is the cause to support. I receive letters from my kids, and watch them grow through these letters and pictures. When a child "graduates" from the program, I pick up another one. I'm so thankful that John and Lorella listened to the Lord when He gave them a heart for this ministry. The organization has done SO much good. Praise goes to the Lord!

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Marciakay

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughters have volunteered at ECM, and we have supported children in Africa through them for about 6 years. They are the real deal, and every dollar they receive is carefully and wisely invested in the future of women, children and families in Africa. God bless ECM!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries uses every penny wisely, and once people get involved with them, they can see just how much they are really accomplishing for women, children, and families in Africa. My daughters have done volunteer work for them for almost 2 years now, and it is a wonderful organization.

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