ETW Programs:


In 2007, Encouraging the World originated in the mind of its founder during a mountain hike in Cyprus. Since its conception, Encouraging the World (ETW) has worked in orphanages, juvenile homes, schools, and churches throughout the world.

ETW began in Bethlehem working with the Al-Harah Theater Group and Contacting the World. ETW choreographed and co-directed Facehook?!, currently touring the Middle East and Europe. This work aims to communicate the lives and struggles of Arab youth through music, dance, and drama.

ETW has launched several projects in the Philippines to serve orphan and juvenile communities, recruiting 50 volunteers from Thailand, Baltimore, Holland, and the Philippines. These projects included tree plantings, clothing drives, hosting a “Nutrition Month” for an elementary school, and feeding an indigenous community of 600 children and families.

In 2013, ETW was incorporated in Baltimore, Maryland and founded with a vision to offer youth volunteer community revitalization projects, awareness of global competence, international excursions, mentoring, youth leadership and conflict resolution programming.

In 2014, ETW Baltimore Youth served The Children's Light Ministries Orphanage and facilitated programming to support the build their home extension, hosted a youth sexual education workshop, and taught English to children 5 - 18 years old. ETW Baltimore Youth were empowered by facilitating and sharpening their leadership skills.

Encouraging the World was presented with:

2013 BMe Leadership Award

2014 Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation


ETW Youth Board
- ETWYB consist of 8-10 youth. Supports ETW with decision making, youth engagement, and programming.

ETW International Service Program
- ETW Youth Ambassadors engage in local community and youth development programming for 1 year.
- ETWYA travel abroad for a 2-week international service enrichment excursion, facilitating youth -led activities for parent-less children and receive leadership training.

ETW Time
- Safe space where youth and community can discuss, create, and form relationships. Produce media, art, speeches, and performance art related works about their lives. Monthly community chosen chats about social, economic, race, arts...


1. ETW Youth Board - To empower a selected group of youth to provide pathways for their peers to engage in positive relationships and opportunities.

2. ETW International Service Program - To expand and provide the ambassadors with a heighten awareness of global affairs and international economies by traveling.

3. ETW Time - To provide a safe space where youth and community can discuss, create, and form relationships. Produce media, art, speeches, and performance art related works about their lives.

Encouraging The World is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc..

Thursday, June 23, 2011

HIS Desires became MINE.

God placed his dreams on my heart from when I was a child in Junior High School. The desire, to look after orphans and serve the poor. The intense emotions would flood my body in a raging rapid, white water, no rest. I've always had this connection. In a moments thought, his desire is upon me.
God has desires and is using me to gather people all over the world for a purpose of unity and discovery. All the plans are there but, there is something else that is waiting that my eyes and fears start to tear.

I'm out on faith again. I left my job. I haven't settled into Maryland (MD). My room, unfinished, I sleep on the floor on a mat that I enjoy, I eat oatmeal and peanut butter- not on the American diet. I dream of freeing people and flying many places, I don't live on my salary, I saved it for HIS desire.

After I accepted my move to MD. Well, I had no choice. It was meant for me to move here or else I would have been a liar. It was a hard move. As the kidney stones had bleed through my body, I felt like I was being ripped from my hearts desire. I wasn't ready to leave NYC because the teens were my life and ministry to unite. I was being moved, like the kidney stones inside of me, I didn't choose. This was the last of 3 stones that started to pass from my journey in Israel to NYC to MD, and now free of it - I go to the Philippines.

I cried out to not allow my stones to stand in the way of the oatmeal and peanut butter savings. Broken from this news that I had to pay thousands of dollars revealed to me that the oatmeal and peanut butter savings is and was to be used on serving the abandoned and poor who have little to no food.

I cry out as I type because I haven't accomplished what my eyes set out to do. From very young, I told myself, use all your talents to have a million dollar bank account. Do I have one? I do now, to impact on a scale unmeasured because of the sponge God made me. I was told, I was a SPONGE. I have so much, my views have changed, blessed beyond the American dream, we are only a few.

HIS dream became MINE and now it's coming true.
What are you going to do?

Written to you by: Cir-Ron

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