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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

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195 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.

1 Bob_105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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.

Cynthia116

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Every Child Ministries for 4 years and feel blessed by everything these great Ministries are doing! So many hungry fed, deprived helped, and sick treated and saved! God bless you for all you do for the forgotten children of Africa!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I began to sponsor a homeless, deserted boy that ECM got off the streets at age 3. This month we learned that he has graduated from the Haven of Hope facility run by ECM. PTL! This young man now has hope, confidence and a Christian education with which to begin his young adult life. No telling what he may accomplish for his community and the kingdom because of ECM!
We have known and supported ECM for three decades and know them to be vigilant and determined in their love of God and their sensitivity to His will in their ministry. One can easily see God's blessing on this ministry and the praise He receives as a result.

Donor

Rating: 5

A visit to their offices. A visit with their staff. Humility, frugality, a sincere love and appreciation for their supporters, a deep felt love for the forgotten (truly forgotten) children of Africa, and most of all a sincere appreciation of the gospel and how it relates to them and to the children they serve, is evident. Every Child Ministries is deserving of your support-they have ours.

Jim and Marit Wallin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ECM has captured our hearts because of their love for unwanted children and because they seek to discover and resolve some of the root problems be it the church, the family, the community, or in some cases outside forces. God wants us to be cheerful givers. To ECM we are cheerful givers.

Jim and Marit Wallin

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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.