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Phone: 206-329-6244
1685 Grandview Place
Washington 98248

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Target demographics: Residents and communities of the Brazilian Amazon

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3990

Geographic areas served: Brazilian Amazon

Programs: Jua Community-based eco-tourism program
Entrepreneur's Program
Couro Ecologico Rubber products

The Community Empowerment Network (CEN), which was incorporated in 2004, was founded to pursue the community development efforts started by Acumen International, founded in 1994. CEN grew out the need to more fully realize the potential of Information Technology to help isolated communities throughout the world to derive more benefits from the global economy, to end the cycle of dependency on governments and other organizations and to successfully direct their own development priorities and community objectives. CEN does this by helping individuals and communities develop a wide range of skills, attitudes and social and physical resources needed to pursue their objectives.
Building self reliance doesn't happen overnight. Until now, CEN has primarily focused on creating the tools for building strong foundation for development by strengthening basic skills and habits of a small group of participants in three communities in the Brazilian Amazon. We are addressing one of the root causes of poverty and not just the symptoms.

One of the most significant accomplishments of our work to-date is the development of our comprehensive approach to building self reliance in communities, as well as our unique learning approach called PRATICAR, which sets CEN apart from the work done by many other development organizations. Our pilot project in the Amazon has succeeded and more than a year after it ended, community members are still using the skills they developed during the pilot.

For more details on specific impact of our work, please visit: http://www.endruralpoverty.org/what-we-do/our-impact

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I have worked as an english-portuguese translator . I have translated articles of practical interest to residents in the communities served by CEN. I have also donated money to CEN. I was a member of the first group of tourists to travel with CEN to the communities served by CEN. We stayed in ... more »
I am a former board member (2006-2010) and volunteer of CEN. In 2007 I visited the communities in the Brazilian Amazon where CEN works. I believe that CEN’s emphasis on self-reliance is critical for these communities to break out of poverty. I am excited to see the evolution of CEN’s PRATICAR ... more »
As a fundraising volunteer, I have found myself in a great position to tell people about our organization and the work being down in Brazil. Normally, people are very interested in the work but do not know how to help, which is why fundraising is such an important part of the work. We can engage ... more »
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