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About Us

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The Ephraim Project is a 501 (c)3 private foundation (EIN# 20-4149806), headquartered in Royal Oak, MI (USA). We were established in July 2005 to “serve the poorest among us” in an active demonstration of Christ’s love. 


In partnership with House of Israel International (HIIM), The Ephraim Project employed Ethiopian nationals to dig 17 fresh water wells to serve Ethiopian Jews, Coptic Christians, and Muslims in the mountainous regions surrounding Gondar, Ethiopia, and to bring “water recipients” the good news of Jesus Christ, the Living Water.  We also brought other humanitarian aid (e.g., cash, medical equipment, clothing, shoes, blankets, school supplies, toys, etc.) to these impoverished Jewish families.


The Ephraim Project also shipped containers filled with all manner of humanitarian aid (e.g., medical supplies, generators, food, water, furniture, clothing, shoes, blankets, electronics, bikes, school supplies, books, computers, toys, etc.) to Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and several other island nations in the West Indies.

2007 - 2020


In partnership with Emmanuel’s Kitchen and several local churches (e.g., St. George Orthodox Church, First Alliance, Downtown Baptist Church, St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church), as well as local businesses (e.g., Bontan Medical, Black Diamond), and thousands of volunteers, The Ephraim Project fed tens of thousands of homeless men, women, and children weekly in 17 cities throughout Central and South Florida.

We also provided clothing, shoes, blankets, housing assistance, job assistance, transportation assistance, medical assistance—whatever was needed—to help individuals and families begin again, to get off the streets and on their feet.  Sometimes this meant relocating an individual or family to another city where we could confirm a job or housing was waiting. We provided shelter—temporary, transitional, and permanent housing—for hundreds of families living on the streets of Orlando.

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In partnership with Blessing the Children International (BCI), The Ephraim Project serves orphans [and widows] in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia, a resort city of roughly 350,000 residents, located an hour outside the capital city of Addis Ababa.  Blessing the Children runs two academies in Debre Zeyit, serving 2,500 children.  Our team of social workers seeks to place the children in individual homes, where they can become part of a family unit.  We may place a child with a grandmother, an aunt, a cousin, an older sibling—even a neighbor.  Many of our guardians are single mothers and/or widows. 


At school, not only do our children receive a first-rate education, but they also received two meals a day, so we know they are fed. Our social workers work to help the families become stabilized—providing whatever is needed (e.g., shelter, beds, food, clothing, uniforms, school supplies, medical attention)—to help ensure the child is living in an environment where he or she can thrive.

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"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure
and faultless is this: to look after orphans
and widows in their distress ..."

JAMES 1:27

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Many BCI graduates go on to earn advanced degrees and enjoy success in their chosen fields, often returning to our campuses to pour into and inspire the next generation of BCI students. 

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