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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I have been a contributor to Edpowerment for the past two years. I have known the founder of this group as a colleague and a friend. Her commitment to educating the "whole" person has been transferred from a competitive all girls' high school in NJ, to the children of Tanzania. From digging a well for water to computer education, much has been achieved in a short period of time,
due to her commitment, perseverance and dedication. Her passion has encouraged others to join her as volunteers and partners in this very worthwhile endeavor.

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This nonprofit was started by a close friend from college whom I admire enormously. Her commitment to women and education is boundless and what she's been able to accomplish awes me. I am proud to be a major donor and also provide matching funds from my company.

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Over the past year, I have been a proud supporter of EdPowerment Inc. through District 117 Interact Club. I have helped with numerous fundraising projects in order to help EdPowerment and everything it does for Tanzania. The education they provide for students who don't have access to everyday necessities is outstanding. Many students from the Interact Club have gone to help the cause and come back with positive feedback that can inspire many and change lives forever. The work they do internationally spreads to our local causes and motivates many people to make a difference in the world. The program managers of EdPowerment have committed their lives to making a change. I have never met more inspiring people than the ones who are involved in EdPowerment.

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EdPowerment is committed to not only helping students obtain the education they require, but to empowering and educating the community. This allows the organization's efforts to be widespread and its impact lasting. Much care is taken in ensuring that students receive the support they need to work through the educational stages towards completion.

I was able to see first hand how the population in Moshi, Tanzania is directly served by EdPowerment's programs. Textbooks appeared for the first time in the small Kilimahewa school. Real teachers were hired. Curriculum was developed. A lunch program was started to provide nourishment and allow students to focus on learning. Students with impossible living situations were placed in boarding schools. Community awareness programs were offered for parents and neighbors. A well was dug to provide clean water... The best part is that even the smallest donations make a huge impact.

With these accomplishments and more over just a few years, I believe that
EdPowerment's impact, progress, and transparency make it an organization worth supporting.

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Duplicate it and place it in other regions requiring similar services to Moshi, TZ.

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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 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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