October 16, 2012
I went to Nicaragua in the summer or 2012. It was a life changing experience. I never had intentions of visiting Nicaragua, but I was introduced to Empowerment International (EI) through another organization called the Giving Lens. I wanted to go on a trip where photography and humanitarian work would be integrated, thus I signed up for Nicaragua. When I arrived, I immediately felt the grassroots, critical work being done by EI when we got to work with the children from the poor communities EI works with. As someone who has never visited poor countries, I've only experienced "poor" in the US. There is a drastic difference in being poor in Nicaragua. EI is doing fantastic work giving these children, and the communities they live in, the tools to succeed. I absolutely love the premise of EI, which is to give the kids the tools they need to succeed for the long term. They are not about handouts or "bandage" solutions, although they do help there as well when needed. What also amazes me about EI, is the dedication of the founder/director, the staff, the volunteers, and the kids. There is a passion that drives the organization. EI is a very small organization, and one I hope will grow to its full potential in the future. The world needs more non-profits like EI. The trip was a truly eye opening experience. I thought I would go and teach the kids about photography, but in the end, I was the one who was taught.
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