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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, International, International Human Rights

Mission: Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty before it is transferred to yet another generation, by building more educated and productive communities.

Results: For the past 5 years our school retention rate has been over 94%! Currently we serve 320 children in two communities. We now have 8 children in the university and two will graduate end of 2013 and both have employment. The community has experienced a paradigm shift towards valuing education.

Target demographics: impoverished children, at risk youth, all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 320 children in Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana Communities.

Geographic areas served: Nicaragua

Programs: 1. Home Visits 2. Primary School Scholarships 3. Secondary School Scholarships 4. Trade School Scholarships 5. University Scholarships 5. Career counseling 3. Peer Tutoring 4. Enrichment programs (sports, photography, dance, biking and hiking) 5. Peer support groups 6. Parent mentoring and guidance 7. Medical Assistance 8. Individual and Family Counseling

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Anielka, i have been in Empowement International for eleven years and it has been amazing experience for me, i remember that i was in fifth grade of primary and the first thing that they did is give me all supplies to go to school. Empowerment International has been changing my life in different ways, the most important is that i been learning to believe in myself and believe in my dreams. I want to share that i am the first person in my family to go to university and finish the high school and that is a wonderful thing in my life.

Now i am in fourth grade in the university and i am studying business administration and also i had the opportunity to go to the United States and share my history with many people and trough this i could to be embassador for other kids and it was incredible for me.

Thanks to the people who are helping to this organization, because they are changing the life of many kids, families and communities.

3 Darlene32

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor with Empowerment International for almost two years now. My husband and I sponsor two fantastic kids and I'm grateful to also have met them both in person, not once but twice. I also met the mother of one, and get to see their home and chat with her.

As a photography teacher I've also had the chance to go on photo walks with the photography group kids (one of which is Guadalupe who we sponsor). They are enthusiastic, have some great natural talent, and love to learn. I communicate best I can with my limited Spanish and we have a great time learning from each other! As well the new gallery is amazing and is a great way to showcase the kids' photography.

I have seen first hand the difference EI is making in these kids lives. They are uplifted, supported and are given hope. They aspire to bigger things than they or their parents thought possible, and are achieving them. This is something that many of the other kids in the barrio (neighborhood) don't get and I'd love to see every single kid in the area with a sponsor. This is how to make a difference not only in these kids lives, but their families as well. This is how to really make a change to poverty. I leave each time I'm with them a little more humble, a little more grateful and a little inspired.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, i am an ex-intern but beneficiary of Empowerment International.
I was student of architecture. I met Katy when just was a girl and to me age it interests a lot what to by the children of my community.
Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana, they have improved level of life. Today 90% children and adolescent ranging wing school and many collegue wing. The foundation supported not only childrens but also parents, house monitor for home is very important.
Thanks wing foundation now poverty is not an obstacle on our roads, because we have been taught that education is very important to improve our standard of living and we should strive to achieve a future.

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and donors for believing in Empowerment International. Thank you very much and never stop believing. :-)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week with the good people at Empowerment International. The things they are doing for their community and their children are nothing short of life-changing. The students are amazing and motivated to learn and they are led by a humble and selfless staff who made me feel right at home and part of their family. As an educator myself, I am encouraged and impressed by their efforts to help their students and give them every opportunity to be successful. I will never forget my time spent with them and hope that they continue to change lives in Granada and abroad with people like me. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an intern and beneficiary of Empowerment. I am a university student studying law and I have belonged to this organization for the past ten years. During these years Empowerment has supported these two comunities Villa Esperanza and Santa Ana; not only has it been concerned with educating us it has also been offering us emotional support and to our families and has provided recreational activities, sports, and photography.
Empowerment is interested in the welfare of all the persons in the organization therefore attaing a high percentage of motivated and persevering students to achieve our goal. Thank you to Empowerment for meeting the goal of breaking the cycle or poverty and for promoting education in all its aspects.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending a week in Nicaragua with Empowerment International, I saw first hand how wonderful this organization is! They are truly making an impact on the children that they serve to stay in school thru enrichment programs. In my eyes, this shows me that these children have something to focus on and will stay in school. With education, they have a chance to break the cycle of poverty!

3 Annie I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has previously managed a non-profit in South America, and volunteered and worked for one in Asia, I feel qualified to form an opinion on the work of Empowerment International in Granada - and that opinion is all good! I was truly impressed by the success of their programmes.
The key to their success, I believe, is their close involvement in the barrios where their children live, and their personal and supportive connections with the families of those children.
I volunteered for a week recently, mentoring the young adults in their photography programme. This programme is a prime example of EI's success. What started as a fun, learning activity for the kids has turned into a profitable business, with the kids even developing the business plan for the gallery they now operate where they sell their fine photographic work.
I am a sincere supporter of EI and plan on going back to visit again as soon as I can.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I spent a week with Empowerment International and I was blown away by this organization and the awesome staff that makes it "go" . Not only does this organization help the kids in the community it serves but it also helps the parents that are a vital key in keeping the kids in school and breaking the cycle of poverty. The staff is very caring and are fulay engaged with the success and well being of every child in the program. In addition to helping the kids with education, they offer special interest programs such as photography and mountain biking to expose the kid's to hobbies and further build their self esteem and confidence. I'm.a huge supporter of this organization and and am in awe of how they serve the community.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a contributor to this wonderful, and wonderfully well-run, organization for years now, and can't say enough good things about it. I know the founder personally and can attest to her commitment and diligence in achieving her thoughtful goal of working with underprivileged families to keep their kids in school, and insisting on the cooperation of families and students in doing so.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We have sponsored a child with EI for many years and have taken a few trips to Nicaragua to see the wonderful work EI is doing to help and support children in Nicaragua to attend and stay in school. We are thrilled to be both donors and volunteers of this amazing non-profit.

2 A Olds

Donor

Rating: 5

We have sponsored children in the Empowerment International program for many years, always confident that they and their families are receiving the personal attention and support that is EI's mission. The most exciting recent development is the number of graduates who have returned to help as tutors and mentors to younger children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters of Empowerment International since its inception. And we have visited Nicaragua 3 times to see firsthand the work they do with children and the community. Their goal is simple -- work with students and their families to keep kids in school. We are proud to support the program and to sponsor children from the barrios served by EI.

1 Lovedy B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Empowerment International has come so far in their mission, and actual success's over and over again. Taking young people's lives and changing them for the better is an amazing feat. What is cool, it is the kids that do the actual changing, but it is the action, organization and creating an opportunity, that creates this opening. Without EI, this would not happen. ALL children matter in this world!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to meet some great Kids that have honestly benefited by the various programs Empowerment International offers in Nicaragua. The photography program is amazing. To see how some of these kids have evolved throughout the years is exciting. Great job

2 Lisa492

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EI helps children stay in school and even helps adults finish their high school educations! They have a program teaching children photography. As someone who sees how passionate EI is to work in educating their community, I must say it is an amazing nonprofit. I volunteered to assist in the summer of 2016 and can't wait to go!

2 Docroc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Granada and been involved as a sponsor (and proudly someone who added 17 sponsors to EI) for three years. The success stories of young adults who have progressed through the program are many; the potential success stories of hundreds of others exist. The organization is helping many and with a small staff are attempting continued contact ( from the kids you sponsor) with all donors so get on board!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Nicaragua and Empowerment International last year..I was so impressed with the organization, its purpose and most of all its success with those kids that I immediately chose to sponsor a child. And as a result , i will return next January with five friends who will visit EI and each sponsor a child. Gail Rachor, Santa Fe

1

Donor

Rating: 4

When I sponsored a child, I traveled to Nicaragua with three other women who also became sponsors--one in her third or fourth year. We visited the center where the children receive tutoring, have access to a computer lab and a library. I'm impressed with the program that encourages the older children to give back by continuing to serve at the center tutoring the younger students. We also visited our sponsored children in their homes, meeting their families. I hope my contact with my sponsored child improves, as I would like to know her progress. Helping one child at a time is empowering for sponsors and the community.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally visited Empowerment International's operation for 2 years and the work they do is nothing short of amazing. The founder, Kathy Adams, and her staff are extremely dedicated and the love they have for the kids are clearly evident. I am happy to become a new sponsor and am confident that they will continue their good works.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Empowerment International in 2009 and was so impressed with the work they are doing that I have my high school Spanish Honor Society students raise money each year to sponsor EI children. EI provides students the support they need to get the education that will help lift them and their families out of poverty. Kathy Adams has developed a great program.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

We sponsor a child with this organization to help him stay in school and get support. We have received photos and letters from our child and get regular updates. We will be visiting Nicaragua and have a chance to even meet him in person. This group is doing great things in the community of Granada to help children stay in school. We support them with donations (sponsorship) and will help out with some volunteer time if possible when we are there. We have seen their facility and met some of the kids and they are the REAL DEAL and care about these kids above everything else!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best non-profit I have ever contributed too. This organization has the best plan for dispensing contributions that I know of. I know the founder personally and can tell you that Kathy Adams is astounding at implementing the founding principles of this non-profit. The vision is to help underprivileged youngsters in Nicaragua gain self-assurance and a heads up on developing a worthwhile career through a strong educational background. I personally sponsor two children who are in the program and have seen first hand the progress they have made by way of their enrollment in Empowerment International.Org. Yes, 5 Stars in every category.