Emmanuel Foundation is a charity that exists to serve the poor in tangible ways. We desire to demonstrate compassion and love by sharing our resources to create hope for a better tomorrow for individuals, families, and communities of developing countries in the areas of their physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing. We do this by getting involved in 3 different areas.
We rescue decommissioned playgrounds that are destined for landfills. After refurbishing them, we send them to areas of the world where children do not have access to developmental play.
We have developed a Distribution Centre that exists to send goods and materials to organizations that are actively involved in sustainable community development. Emmanuel Foundation ships about 20 containers each year. These shipments of high quality and much-needed items include things like medical and educational equipment and resources that will contribute to the success of these organizations’ or community’s endeavors.
While on trips to build playgrounds, significant needs in many communities became apparent to us. Emmanuel Foundation has served some of these communities beyond providing goods and playgrounds through supporting initiatives such as safe water projects, school construction, and training.
Furthermore, they have partnered with Kids Around the World, and have provided meals necessary for healthy nutrition to give kids the chance to grow and flourish. Packaging these meals also provides a local opportunity for groups to serve those in need.
Sustainable Development: Our goal is to support projects that will help bring improvement and transformation that would be sustainable and have long-lasting benefits to a community.
Community Initiative: We seek initiatives to come from nationals and community leaders in order that there is increased ownership and community participation in each project.
Value of a Child: The welfare of children remains a primary motivation for our services. We believe that the life and potential of a child born in one place are just as valuable as that in another, no matter what the financial circumstances might be.
Green Stewardship: The needs that exist in much of the world and the amount of waste our society generates needs to come to a sustainable common ground. We seek to harness the surplus from our society to share from our abundance to serve our fellow man.
As Christ-followers, we desire to demonstrate God’s love by sharing our resources to create hope for a better tomorrow for individuals, families, and communities of developing countries in the areas of their physical, social and spiritual wellbeing.
Emmanuel Foundation was historically established as a society that was shaped and motivated by being ‘Christ-followers’. What does that mean to us?
It means that for us, faith in God specifically finds meaning through the life and person of Jesus Christ. God has revealed His [and our] nature and design through Jesus and informs us through His life much of our mission and purpose. This effects and shapes our values as a foundation in a number of ways:
Demonstrated Love: God revealed that He cares about us to the extent that through Jesus, He got involved in our lives to help. Thus, we use the term ‘Emmanuel’, which means ‘God with us’. This tangible expression of love takes us beyond a nebulous ‘we care about the children of the world’ to actually getting involved and demonstrating it in a concrete manner.
Respect: Jesus gave us an example of how to serve the poor and marginalized in a way that respected them and their culture. Therefore we want to communicate a message of respect – from the way we treat others to the quality of items we ship to how we implement community development projects. We want to be respectful of individuals, groups, and cultures in everything we do.
Generosity: A core value of the life Jesus taught and demonstrated was that life was lived most fully when it gave freely. We and our children have received much, so out of gratefulness, we want to be generous to others as well.
Serving: The posture of our society is informed by the posture of Jesus as a servant, “I did not come to be served but to serve…” This shapes our attitude as we go into communities. We do not want to serve our agendas or ourselves but to serve others.
Relationships: People are of the highest value. As we bring the benefits of developmental play to children in need, we remember that more important than our projects and plans, we exist to help people. Our relationships with each other and the communities we serve are influenced by the teaching and actions of Jesus in the way we treat others.