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Every Child Ministries

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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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