Every Child Ministries (ECM) offers new hope to the children of Africa by showing them the love of Jesus in practical ways and working to enhance their total well being--physical and spiritual. ECM encourages and empowers African churches to teach the youth of their continent.
In Every Child Ministries, American and African Christians of many backgrounds partner together. We train teachers and leaders to bring hope to African youth. Some of our very successful programs are Sunday school for children, Bible classes in public schools, rebuilding broken lives of homeless street children and former slave children, fighting child slavery, children's home for former street and slave children and accompanying school, help to orphan children and children affected by war, and public health centers. We often cooperate with other national & international groups in projects.
The ECM logo with the two clearly black children (a boy and girl) are very reminiscent of the hair of pickaninny symbols. I spent 8 months in Ghana and Togo and have yet to see the hairstyles depicted in the ECM logo.
As an African-American Christian, I expected more from a Christian organization whose goal is to promote the total well being of African children.
In accordance with American history, the pickaninny symbol was used to demean, disrespect, promote racial subjugation, and dehumanize African/African-American children, peoples of African descent stolen from Africa and used as slaves to build America. A quick search on Google(reviewing the images) should be sufficient if ECM a 35yr organization was unaware of the common pickaninny figure that has long plagued American history. I would have volunteered with ECM, however I cannot stand behind blatant disrespect, for both the African/African-American experience, by what are supposed to be fellow Christian brothers and sisters.
by Clarissa G. from TRASKWOOD, AR(October 28, 2011)
The craft project is simple and fun for the whole family to do. The kids in Africa get these as rewards in school. This organization has many other opportunities as well such as sponsoring which I am also blessed to do. This organization uses the sponsoring money wisely.
Good communication! I hate volunteering for places where you feel like you the organization you are working for doesn't ackknowledge your help. Good organization. Friendly staff. Would like to volunteer for this group again!
As a Christian, I want to encourage and support others who need the loving hands of Our Lord in their lives. The contact response was very quick; the directions were very easy to follow; the templates to use came quickly as well. My friends were eager to help send me all their cards -- at last a place to get rid of them as well as a place for the ones coming in. The project requires some organization, but is quite easy to do. I encourage any person and/or group to get involved in this rewarding project.