GREEN EMPOWERMENT

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

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Location: 140 SW Yamhill Street Portland OR 97204 USA

Mission: Green Empowerment provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and sustainable solutions.
Results: Major program accomplishments include: 192,834-- Patients served by electrified health clinics 6,148-- People with clean water at home 24,140-- Households that have electric lighting
Geographic areas served: In Latin America we have worked in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. For Southeast Asia, there are completed projects in Malaysia, the Philippines, and along the Thailand/Burma border. In Africa, we coordinated projects in Madagascar and Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began working with Green Empowerment through their service learning trips. I traveled with them to Nicaragua (solar water pump) and Philippines (microhydro). They have a great, sustainable strategy and are incredibly efficient - working with local groups and fundraising from a variety of sources. They are also wonderful to work with. Check them out!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization which has been recognized as doing so very much with very little. Clean water and rural electrification are critical to improved conditions for impoverished communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am continually amazed at how much the organization does to bring electricty and water infrastructure to the most marginalized communities in the world.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have been involved with Green Empowerment from the start and am always amazed how much we do to further electrification and potable water, as well as watershed restoration in the most impoverished sections and communities in the world, subsistence or under $1/day in income. Green Empowerment itself is a medium size NGO- 8 staff, 15 regular volunteers, 8 Board members. But the model for Green Empowerment is to work with and through technical NGO partner organizations in the countries in which we work. This is key to Green Empowerment's values of sustainability, local leadership and social justice. As our partners in the various countries have a collective 400-500 staff, it means that Green Empowerment can have an outsize impact. It is not a surprise the Portland Monthly recently chose Green Empowerment as the NGO able to do the most with the least.

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I have functioned as staff, ED, volunteer, and Board director over the years

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Give it several million dollars and encourage it to do more of the same.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I like about Green Empowerment is that it is lean and mean. It does a lot with a little, meaning most of the donated funds go to the work in the field. They believe in capacity building of local partners and networking partners for sharing experiences and technology. Renewable energy is not only green, but it is sometimes the only choice rural communities have for power generation. The staff are wonderful - hardworking, passionate and dedicated. I feel privileged to be part of this organization.

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I read the reports, I talk to the staff, I see the beneficiary statements, and I like what I see.

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Find ways to increase their donor base so they can expand their excellent work to other areas.

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