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EMPOWERMENT INTERNATIONAL INC
October 27, 2013

So where shall I begin? There is so much I want to say about this organization. I have been involved with domestic and international not-for-profits for a number of years now and there's no other organization that affects me as much as Empowerment. I grew up in rural China in the 70s and the living condition at that time was quite poor by any standard. However, when I visited Granada (where Empowerment is serving) in March 2013, I was shocked by the conditions there. There was extreme poverty in the areas served by Empowerment (which I was somewhat expecting but I was still surprised by the depth and ubiquitousness of it). Unexpectedly, I also sensed a lack of hope and aspirations. There are deep rooted issues in the culture and society that stand in the way of progress and upward mobility. So how would you address a tough problem like that? Most people would have shrugged and walked away but not the founder and staff of Empowerment. They believe in the kids and they believe that they can make a difference that's fundamental not only in the lives of the kids but also in the future of the families, communities and society that these kids live in and will serve in the future. Change and tipping point have to start somewhere and the founder and staff of Empowerment are living it. They devote themselves to a task that is at once noble, daunting, and personal. Instead of applying bandaids, they take a holistic approach to the problem. Through many trials and errors, they developed an effective program to keep the kids engaged and motivated. The kids in their program have excellent school retention rate. More importantly, through the help of Empowerment, the kids have developed self-confidence which will serve them well in becoming contributing citizens and role models in the future. We root for Empowerment, the kids and their families. It's our duty to help them succeed.

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I want to urge the founder and staff to consider sharing their insights and experiences with the rest of the world. There's a lot that others can learn from them. That could increase their impact many times over. A kickstarter campaign could help them get the project funded.

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