EMPOWERMENT INTERNATIONAL INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, International

Location: PO Box 1215 Lyons CO 80540 USA

Mission: Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty before it is transferred to yet another generation, by building more educated and productive communities.
Results: For the past 5 years our school retention rate has been over 94%! Currently we serve 320 children in two communities. We now have 8 children in the university and two will graduate end of 2013 and both have employment. The community has experienced a paradigm shift towards valuing education.
Target demographics: impoverished children, at risk youth, all ages
Direct beneficiaries per year: 320 children in Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana Communities.
Geographic areas served: Nicaragua
Programs: 1. Home Visits 2. Primary School Scholarships 3. Secondary School Scholarships 4. Trade School Scholarships 5. University Scholarships 5. Career counseling 3. Peer Tutoring 4. Enrichment programs (sports, photography, dance, biking and hiking) 5. Peer support groups 6. Parent mentoring and guidance 7. Medical Assistance 8. Individual and Family Counseling

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

We visited Empowerment International Inc. in Nicaragua in 2012 and were overwhelmed by the wonderful work the organization is doing to keep impoverished children in school and giving them a place to learn with other students in a group setting. The enthusiasm of the students was an amazing thing for us to witness. The success of the program in reaching out to oft-ignored children was made very clear in our visit as we witnessed former students who had graduated and were so happy with what Empowerment International did for them that they came back to help tutor the children now going through the program. We were pleased to sponsor one of the children so he would have the financial support he needed to buy books, supplies, and other necessities to stay in school. We think Empowerment International is an outstanding program.

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hope Empowerment International would receive more financial help to assist barrio children receive the education they will need to rise out of poverty and help advance their country. We have continued to send a check every month for your sponsored child.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have personally visited Empowerment International's operation for 2 years and the work they do is nothing short of amazing. The founder, Kathy Adams, and her staff are extremely dedicated and the love they have for the kids are clearly evident. I am happy to become a new sponsor and am confident that they will continue their good works.

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I visited Empowerment International in 2009 and was so impressed with the work they are doing that I have my high school Spanish Honor Society students raise money each year to sponsor EI children. EI provides students the support they need to get the education that will help lift them and their families out of poverty. Kathy Adams has developed a great program.

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Rating: 4 stars  

We sponsor a child with this organization to help him stay in school and get support. We have received photos and letters from our child and get regular updates. We will be visiting Nicaragua and have a chance to even meet him in person. This group is doing great things in the community of Granada to help children stay in school. We support them with donations (sponsorship) and will help out with some volunteer time if possible when we are there. We have seen their facility and met some of the kids and they are the REAL DEAL and care about these kids above everything else!

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Absolutely the best non-profit I have ever contributed too. This organization has the best plan for dispensing contributions that I know of. I know the founder personally and can tell you that Kathy Adams is astounding at implementing the founding principles of this non-profit. The vision is to help underprivileged youngsters in Nicaragua gain self-assurance and a heads up on developing a worthwhile career through a strong educational background. I personally sponsor two children who are in the program and have seen first hand the progress they have made by way of their enrollment in Empowerment International.Org. Yes, 5 Stars in every category.

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We have been supporters of Empowerment International since its inception. And we have visited Nicaragua 3 times to see firsthand the work they do with children and the community. Their goal is simple -- work with students and their families to keep kids in school. We are proud to support the program and to sponsor children from the barrios served by EI.

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Empowerment International it's the Foundation that it has helped me to overcome several fields in my life. in both personal and social.
Thanks to EI, I study What I Like, Photography and Graphic Design.
Also I lost the fear to socialize and the Foundation Keeps Helping me to Become a Professional.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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My wife and I visited with EI in 2012 and my daughter spent the summer volunteering with them. What makes them so special? In my view it is that they live up to their name....EMPOWERMENT! They run on a shoe-string budget so don't throw money at a problem. Instead they take that meager budget and empower the local community to help address the educational and social problems associate with an impoverished community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This small grassroots organization makes a huge impact in the communities it serves. I've had the pleasure and honor to see the work they do in Granada, Nicaragua. I continue to support them because this nonprofit truly lives up to its name; empowering the people in the communities and not just throwing money at a problem.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have volunteered with EI in some capacity since 2006. Having lived in Nicaragua for 3 years I know first hand what a terrific organization EI is. I am thrilled to still see the same children in the program every year I visit Nicaragua. The childrens self esteem is higher, they are doing better in school, and are growing to be confident individuals. It is great to see an organization that is teaching the older children skills like tutoring the younger children, photography, and mountain biking. The parents have also become much more involved in their children's lives and education.

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I believe in their program. The staff, the Founder and the children are commited to provide and receive education. There is a sense of pride in all they do, they visit the children families and know them by name, they know their stories, a kid is not a number is a child with a name, a story and a future. This organization helps children succeded. I will be forever grateful for the incredible work they do for my country.

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This organization is amazing! I love their vision and the way they conduct their program. The Founder is very involved and she loves these children. All volunteers go the extra mile to make sure all children excel at school and they do not give up on them. This organization means a lot to me as Granada is my hometown and I am very grateful an organization such as EI dedicates so much to our children.

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They definitely need to show other non profits their best practices. This organization truly stands for what they believe, sharing their ideas with others would make a great impact!

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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