EDPOWERMENT INC Overview
Target demographics: EdPowerment Inc. is an umbrella organization for several initiatives, all of which address the educational need of impoverished and educationally disadvantaged populations - who have little to no access to government or other support programs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: The children and community members of the Samburai Ward located in the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania.
-The families, children, teachers, caregivers and government leaders of Tanzania that are impacted by intellectual disabilities that attend our conferences and spread their knowledge to their villages.
Geographic areas served: Currently we target the Samburai Ward located in the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania.
Programs: EdPowerment Inc. is an umbrella organization for several initiatives, all of which address the educational need of impoverished and educationally disadvantaged populations - who have little to no access to government or other support programs.
Our main programs are:
Our LongTerm School Sponsorship program "sponsors" young people who otherwise would not be able to pursue formal education. For each individual that we support, we provide all school tuition, fees and other necessities for as long as he or she is able to progress in his or her course of studies. We thereby allow capable and determined young people to pursue the highest educational degrees possible for their career goals. In this way, today's disenfranchised youth will become tomorrow's community leaders.
We support and fund the Kilimahewa Women and Children’s Centre for Education which began as a community-based organization in Moshi, Tanzania, founded on September 28, 2006 by local citizens who made it their mission to help underprivileged students in the area. As of the 2011 school year, about 60 students, mostly ranging in age from 14 to 18 attend the school. These children are struggling to access a secondary education because of a variety of economic and social factors. At Kilimahewa they continue to learn and can potentially access post-secondary education through a qualifying test system.
Our third program Autism Connects Tanzania (ACT)’s educates Tanzanian families, organizations, and schools about intellectual disabilities, create a national network to better serve this special population and works to protect children with intellectual disabilities from harm.
Through personal involvement, local and global networking, and collaboration with other organizations, we seek to open educational channels for otherwise forgotten young people. Working closely with school administrators, community organizers and leaders of NGOs with common goals, EdPowerment provides:
-a variety of programs from classroom learning to private school sponsorships.
-long-term, comprehensive support required in order for each student to turn his or her education into an income-producing job or career.
-educational outreach programs to support young people struggling with disabilities or needing remedial help.
-support for students’ families in cases of extraordinary need.
We have 60 students at Kilimahewa Education Center receiving education from 4 Tanzanian professional educators and eating a nutritious meal each day as well as participating in enrichment activities.
We have built a well at the Kilimahewa Education Center that provides water to the school and the surrounding community.
We have hosted 4 educational workshops on Autism that served over 415 people and have built a network for families to go to for help.
We have built a playground for the Gabriella Children's Rehabilitation Center and brought in professionals in the field of Autism to educate center staff on best practices.
We have built a preschool classroom, teachers quarters, and new kitchen at a local primary school to ensure that children can eat lunch and preschoolers can come to school for much needed early childhood interventions.