EDPOWERMENT INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 10 Coldstream Ln % Moira G Madonia U Saddle Riv NJ 07458 USA

Mission: Recognizing that governments and communities often cannot or fail to provide the poorest of families with educational opportunities, EdPowerment seeks to fill this gap. 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.
Results: Currently we have 30 students in our Long Term Sponsorship Program. 4 of which are in University programs, 6 which just graduated from secondary school, and the rest in other secondary school levels. 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.
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been blessed to have been able to work with Edpowerment for several weeks each summer for the past two years in Tanzania. It has been amazing to work with the students of Kilimanjaro School, work alongside many sponsored students, and with the sweet 'special needs' kids at the Gabriella Center.
One of the many things that especially stood out to me was the love for learning the kids displayed and the effort they put into learning as much as they could despite their poverty and other circumstances. I am amazed at how the programs have grown in one short year. The number of students learning and becoming productive members of society is astounding and heart warming.
It has been a blessing to me to work with all four of the founders of Edpowerment and see their involvement with the students, the schools and the community. Their love and commitment is never ending. My husband and I financially support Edpowerment and will continue to do so. I encourage others looking for an NGO to support that really makes a difference in the lives of so many others to get involved and support Edpowerment.

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Life-changing

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2013

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After a short four years of activity in the Moshe district of Tanzania, EdPowerment has an impressive list of successes to its name. Its very first scholarship student, sponsored after being cut off from the limited local educational opportunities, will obtain his B.S. degree this autumn. Another will shortly be entering her first year of medical school. A third has just completed her first year of law studies. In addition to scholarships such as these, EdPowerment supports the Kilimahewa Educational Center, providing teachers, books, supplies, and one meal a day to the fifty or so teenage students who walk sometimes three miles each way to attend. Actively engaged not only with the school but with the local population, EdPowerment has funded a well to provide safe water to both, has hosted seminars to raise awareness of Aids/HIV and has created Autism Connects Tanzania (ACT) to educate families about the disability and to protect children who have it. On limited funding from donors such as me, it has done extraordinary work. With more, it will only do better. I urge you to donate, volunteer, help in any way you can.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my three weeks in TZ with EdPowerment... so much so, in fact, that I joined two other volunteers in starting a fundraising board. This organization is not only thorough, it truly cares about the people it helps. EdPowerment thrives on connecting with the students it supports. EdPowerment seeks out the necessities of those it supports, and finds the most efficient way of providing these services and materials. EdPowerment also makes an effort to educate the communities it influences, not just the students.
The only aspect missing from EdPowerment is enough funding to accomplish as much as it hopes to. I highly recommend that people not only look into volunteering with EdPowerment, but also ltry to find ways of financially supporting its programs.

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Life-changing

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2013

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As a volunteer with Edpowerment I was able to see their operations firsthand. Too often there is a lack of transparency and accountability with nonprofit organizations. Edpowerment is remarkable in it's ability to provide donors with a clear sense of where their money is going. The projects are reasonable, sustainable, and they always benefit a population in need.

Moira and her staff have made it a priority to keep Edpowerment donors informed with up-to-date information through Facebook, blogs, newsletters, and the website. Updates are consistent, detailed, and exciting. As a result, many donors feel as though they are part of a much larger 'family'.

EdPowerment is an organization with clear goals and authentic motives. I have seen, with my own eyes, the remarkable effectiveness of the organization and it's programs. It is for this reason I would highly reccommend Edpowerment.

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2012

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I have been a part of this foundation since its inception. I have watched its growth and the devotion and energy that has been expended by its founders. As I read the accomplishments that have and are occurring amazes me at the amount of time, finances and devotion that is ongoing.

Please assist this great foundation in continuing their goal of educating these students and assisting the families in so many ways.

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I've watched EdPowerment grow since its foundation, and it's been both exciting and refreshing. What sets EdPowerment apart from other NGOs is that its ideas come from the local community and are often championed by local individuals who are passionate to see change. With a long-term support and guidance provided by individuals like Kerri, Jillian, and Grace, the services provided are high quality, designed to have maximum impact and, most importantly of all, are tailored specifically to be sensitive to the local community. Programmes powered by local individuals and supported by individuals all over the world, EdPowerment is a model organization - the world needs more organizations like these guys!

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I was able to volunteer with Edpowerment at a special needs awareness conference in the summer of 2012. I was thoroughly impressed with the organization of Kerri, Jillian and Grace (the facilitators). They were able to bring parents, teachers, religious leaders and social workers together to network and talk about the issues facing the special education community in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The topics that they discussed were current and solution oriented. You can tell that they really care about their cause and are passionate about bringing people together to do what is best for the special needs children in the community. I could not be happier with my experience with Edpowerment.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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