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Empowerment International Inc

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Address:

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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3 people found this review helpful

I've been a donor with Empowerment International for almost two years now. My husband and I sponsor two fantastic kids and I'm grateful to also have met them both in person, not once but twice. I also met the mother of one, and get to see their home and chat with her.

As a photography teacher I've also had the chance to go on photo walks with the photography group kids (one of which is Guadalupe who we sponsor). They are enthusiastic, have some great natural talent, and love to learn. I communicate best I can with my limited Spanish and we have a great time learning from each other! As well the new gallery is amazing and is a great way to showcase the kids' photography.

I have seen first hand the difference EI is making in these kids lives. They are uplifted, supported and are given hope. They aspire to bigger things than they or their parents thought possible, and are achieving them. This is something that many of the other kids in the barrio (neighborhood) don't get and I'd love to see every single kid in the area with a sponsor. This is how to make a difference not only in these kids lives, but their families as well. This is how to really make a change to poverty. I leave each time I'm with them a little more humble, a little more grateful and a little inspired.

 
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Hi, i am an ex-intern but beneficiary of Empowerment International.
I was student of architecture. I met Katy when just was a girl and to me age it interests a lot what to by the children of my community.
Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana, they have improved level of life. Today 90% children and adolescent ranging wing school and many collegue wing. The foundation supported not only childrens but also parents, house monitor for home is very important.
Thanks wing foundation now poverty is not an obstacle on our roads, because we have been taught that education is very important to improve our standard of living and we should strive to achieve a future.

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and donors for believing in Empowerment International. Thank you very much and never stop believing. :-)

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week with the good people at Empowerment International. The things they are doing for their community and their children are nothing short of life-changing. The students are amazing and motivated to learn and they are led by a humble and selfless staff who made me feel right at home and part of their family. As an educator myself, I am encouraged and impressed by their efforts to help their students and give them every opportunity to be successful. I will never forget my time spent with them and hope that they continue to change lives in Granada and abroad with people like me. Thank you!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I am an intern and beneficiary of Empowerment. I am a university student studying law and I have belonged to this organization for the past ten years. During these years Empowerment has supported these two comunities Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana; not only has it been concerned with educating us it has also been offering us emotional support and to our families and has provided recreational activities, sports, and photography.
Empowerment is interested in the welfare of all the persons in the organization therefore attaing a high percentage of motivated and persevering students to achieve our goal. Thank you to Empowerment for meeting the goal of breaking the cycle or poverty and for promoting education in all its aspects.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

After spending a week in Nicaragua with Empowerment International, I saw first hand how wonderful this organization is! They are truly making an impact on the children that they serve to stay in school thru enrichment programs. In my eyes, this shows me that these children have something to focus on and will stay in school. With education, they have a chance to break the cycle of poverty!

 
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As someone who has previously managed a non-profit in South America, and volunteered and worked for one in Asia, I feel qualified to form an opinion on the work of Empowerment International in Granada - and that opinion is all good! I was truly impressed by the success of their programmes.
The key to their success, I believe, is their close involvement in the barrios where their children live, and their personal and supportive connections with the families of those children.
I volunteered for a week recently, mentoring the young adults in their photography programme. This programme is a prime example of EI's success. What started as a fun, learning activity for the kids has turned into a profitable business, with the kids even developing the business plan for the gallery they now operate where they sell their fine photographic work.
I am a sincere supporter of EI and plan on going back to visit again as soon as I can.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I spent a week with Empowerment International and I was blown away by this organization and the awesome staff that makes it "go" . Not only does this organization help the kids in the community it serves but it also helps the parents that are a vital key in keeping the kids in school and breaking the cycle of poverty. The staff is very caring and are fulay engaged with the success and well being of every child in the program. In addition to helping the kids with education, they offer special interest programs such as photography and mountain biking to expose the kid's to hobbies and further build their self esteem and confidence. I'm.a huge supporter of this organization and and am in awe of how they serve the community.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a contributor to this wonderful, and wonderfully well-run, organization for years now, and can't say enough good things about it. I know the founder personally and can attest to her commitment and diligence in achieving her thoughtful goal of working with underprivileged families to keep their kids in school, and insisting on the cooperation of families and students in doing so.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We have sponsored a child with EI for many years and have taken a few trips to Nicaragua to see the wonderful work EI is doing to help and support children in Nicaragua to attend and stay in school. We are thrilled to be both donors and volunteers of this amazing non-profit.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We have sponsored children in the Empowerment International program for many years, always confident that they and their families are receiving the personal attention and support that is EI's mission. The most exciting recent development is the number of graduates who have returned to help as tutors and mentors to younger children.

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5 people found this review helpful

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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