The mission of ECW is Children and Adults restored. By providing financial solutions, resources and trainings, we empower the local church, NGO’s, and institutions working with families that have children with disabilities to transform their lives, their futures and their communities.
Reaching people with disabilities for Christ.
We envision self-sustaining, indigenous support for orphans and children with disabilities through outreach, restoration, and the message of Jesus Christ.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 percent of the world, an estimated 1 billion people, live with disabilities. According to the World Bank, 20 percent of the world’s poorest people have some kind of disability. Children with disabilities are often unable to access their community, go to church, or receive any specialized care. In their communities, families of children with disabilities often become stigmatized, experience discrimination and become marginalized. The caregivers are mostly women. Because there is limited community-based support and care available, families may have no choice but to give up children with disabilities and be forced unnecessarily to put them into institutions. This form of “shame” keeps families hidden within the shadows of their communities and limits the opportunities for them to hear the Gospel and the amazing love of Jesus.
ECW understands that families, who bear the weight of the daily pressures of disability, need to find encouragement, support, and a place to relax. In addition, they need to be loved and encouraged to continue in God’s strength and appreciate their unique gifts.
Our goal is to utilize existing tools to provide best practice, cultural competence and evangelism within the contex of working with the local church and NGO’s to create movements that ensure that people with disabilities and their families be granted equality, access and the opportunity to find and follow Jesus. We fully believe that this unique method of support empowers the local Church and ministry partners to be active, not passive, participants in the ministering of their own community. This can increase the long term sustainability of projects by ensuring that policies, attitudes and behaviors are designed for success. Our proposed method, with an emphasis on training and capacity building, allows trainees and our local ministry partners to share the gospel creating an environment for long term ministry and promote inclusion in their society.
What We Offer
ECW offers not only exceptional services free of charge for children, their families and members of the community at large, but also supports the professionals who work with them.
You Can Help
Construction, operation and continued development are possible mainly through the generous support of its benefactors.
Your donations help to support the following programs. Click here to make a donation.
Activity Workshops / Youth Programs
• Family Retreats: Provide support to families of children with disabilities to preserve the family, prevent new placements, and allow full inclusion in community life, as well as expansion and replication of successful community-based models of care for children with disabilities and their families.
• Sports activities and youth programs to create a congenial atmosphere, enable and encourage children to form mutual friendships with peers.
• Computer training, art classes and a wide range of excursions, sponsored and provided by ECW, give young people with multiple disabilities not only opportunities for growth in self-confidence, creativity and general life skills, it also prepares and promotes attendees for their integration into society in general.
• ECW actively promotes and encourages programs that will assist young disabled people to realize their dreams and more importantly receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
Early Intervention & Child Development
• Social and informational support to families to encourage family retention.
• Training for parents and caregivers on basic skills for infants with disabilities
• Providing support in the development of individualized education plans for children living with disabilities
• Support opportunities for integrated education within the local school system
• Field trips to theatres, museums, galleries and zoo
Health and Rehab
Enhance capacity, building support, and access to quality essential health care services. Provide training to medical professionals, families and direct support staff in evidenced based approach treatments. Support to protect the health and safety of institutionalized children and adults;
• Training in therapeutic interventions that promotes the formation, development and restoration of gross, fine motor and vocational skills
• Training in self-care skills
• Provision of wheelchairs in partnership with GAIN and other special aids for mobility. The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities. Goal is to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for persons with disabilities. Providing wheelchairs that are appropriate, well-designed and fitted not only enhances mobility, but also opens up a world of education, work and social life for those in need of such support.