Hello I am Larbaud.A burundian student.I just want to take a little time to express my gratitude to h2empower for supporting burundians students..I want to thank Helen and her staff for everything you are doing for burundians students..Thank you so much
Hello, i'm Gloria one of those who has been helped by h2 Empower to go to university. i'am grateful for what you have done to me, now i have bachelor's degree in statistics.God bless you
Hello!Im Pasteur and I'm one of Burundi refugees living in Rwanda.
I'm really thankful to h2 Empower, Inc for their precious support.
Burundi refugees living the Mahama refugee camp are truly benefiting so much from this helpful Organisation. We're now improving our Skills in English and many others are getting scholarship.
Hello! My name is Froduard one of Burundi refugees living in Rwanda. I'm kindly writing to appreciate each and every support provided by h2Empower for Burundi refugees.
Hi! Im Ghislaine Nishimwe one of Burundi refugees living in the Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda. Im also an active membre of MUELA. Im proudly writing to appreciate the h2Empower,Inc's works for Burundi refugees. May God bless Helen Boxwill for Her dedication.
Hello! I'm Olivier
I'm one of Burundi refugees living in Rwanda. I'm writing to express my gratefulness to h2Empower for each and everything they are doing for Burundi refugees.
Hello! I'm Kellia one of Burundi refugees living in the Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda. I would like to express my gratitude to h2Empower for their great support to Burundi refugees. I do appreciate all h2Empower's works towards refugees. May God bless Helen Boxwill with her staff members.
I thank h2 empower for the good actions that is doing for burundian refugees especially students. May the Grace of God be upon you forever
Hi! My name is Tharcisse from Burundi. I'm writing to appreciate everything h2 Empower is doing for Burundians especially refugees. May God bless Helen Boxwill with her staff abundantly.
I really appreciate the work of h2 empower for burundian refugees in mahama camp especially students. May God bless you
As Burundian refugee I am proud of you h2 empawer especially by The way your are working by supporting refugees .As I am concerned I thank u for your support you gave us in our association MUELA (Mahama United English Association ) the books and other materials you gave us was needed as students in secondary.We succeeded very well in national exam .For instance I got 91% but I am still at home because I missed schoolarship .So I take this occasion to ask you for scholarship so that I can fulfill my Universities studies.
Hi, My name is Jeanne d'Arc Inamahoro from Burundi but Im currently a refugee in Rwanda. Im please to acknwoledge that h2 Empower,Inc is dedicated to helping Burundi ans particularly refugees.
I traveled to Ethiopia with h2Empower to visit schools and libraries where they have worked and made an impact. I was impressed by the new water system they put into a large school that previously had no clean water, by the library and computer room they funded at another school, and by the enthusiasm of teachers they had trained. h2 Empower is making a direct impact on the education and well-being of countless students in the Hossaina area, which is very poor. Helen Boxwill, the Executive Director, is impressive in that she takes her cues for projects through collaboration with both the schools and with people who have good overviews about the structure of education in the area. She has a long history of working in this part of Ethiopia and was clearly well loved by the educators and administrators we met. I was moved to donate to this project and will continue to do so.
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Our small group of around 8 volunteers traveled with Helen Boxwill and visited urban and rural schools in Ethiopia South of the capital. Most of the group did teacher trainings while I lectured the Architecture school students and faculty at Wachemo University.
h2Empower has been visiting many of these schools over the past decade and a half providing books and learning materials, soccer balls, funds for replacing dung floors with cement, girls toilets, water and other physical needs presented by the parents and teachers. At each school we reviewed what had been accomplished and listened to the modest request for helping in the future.
As an Architect I was struck by how poorly lit the classrooms were. Low openings, we might call them windows but for the lack of glass, on one side provided the only light. The far side of the rooms were too dark to read or write. I suggested at a site under construction, that the windows be raised to above door height and that each classroom have transluscent fiberglass panels in place of some of the metal roofing panels. This was done on the spot and hopefully will set an example for other schools using their current technology without added cost.
I'm Amans SERUBEBE,Burundian refugee!I live in MAHAMA refugee camp precisely in Rwanda country!I 'm very grateful for h2empower,inc activities working as a non profit organization!
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the group traveling
to Ethiopia with h2Empower in February- March,2019. We visited many places
and I was able to see first hand the good work they are doing,and to participate
in a part of it. They brought books to a school library, saw a classroom being
built from the funds that h2 Empower provided. They brought water to a school
that had none.
I participated by co-presenting a worksop in English for school teachers , and visiting the local university to speak with the students.
Helen Boxwill is the founder of h2Empower and has been dedicated for 17 years
traveling to Ethiopia and Burundi and bringing people on tours to help out.
It was evident that the people we visited held her in high esteem. She has made
many contacts over those years.
We experienced the hospitality of the people and were invited into homes
to share conversation and meals.We got a glimpse into the culture.
Helen understands what and where the needs are and works on addressing them. h2Empower makes a big difference in the lives of people,a difference that
will last for a lifetime through generations. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity.
I'm Amans SERUBEBE and I'm a Burundian refugee in Rwanda precisely at the Mahama refugee camp. I'm happy to acknowledge that h2 empower,inc is a non profit organizationand is helping many people around the world . We are thankful to her for the support.
I am Juvenal Nduwimana and I am Burundian Refugee in Mahama Camp. l would like to congratulate h2 Empower,Inc for what they are doing for Burundi Refugees.
I'm David ndagijimana and I'm Burundian refugee in Rwanda.
I'm one of MUELA's members and I really appreciate h2Empower,Inc as nonprofit organization which is helping young Burundian refugees at the Mahama camp.
I'm Jean Claude and I'm a Burundi refugee in Rwanda precisely at the Mahama refugee camp. I'm happy to acknowledge that Helen Boxwill is helping Young Burundi refugees at the camp. We are thankful to her for the support.
h2Empower is one of the great NGOs I came across while working in the field of education and literacy development in Ethiopia.It is the voice of the voiceless and marginalised communities particularly in Hadiya zone of Southern Nations,Nationalities and Peoples Regional State.It has shown real contributions in changing the lives of these communities with varied needs.
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As far as I know, H2 Empower has provided school librarians training for more than 100 schools( primary and secondary) and the tertiary institutions librarians in Hosanna Zone, Ethiopia. This was in two rounds and H2 Empower has done this in a very innovative and interactive way. The other good thing that H2 Empower did is that it collaborates with other NGOs like Roots Ethiopia and the local sector offices. This is the best approach in facilitating to meet local needs.
Apart from that this NGO has provided the local libraries where the librarians were drawn from with additional books on a variety of contents so that the libraries have diverse collections to share with their readers. As an eye-witness, we found that the lack of resources was profound and it is not possible to have a good library program without many books to read. So, H2 Empower requested the assistance of many NGOs and individuals and got some books to give to these needy libraries.
Additionally H2 Empower is also doing its best to provide the best for needy schools and communities with its WASH activities. I have heard from the beneficiaries that this NGO was the first of its kind to approach the most marginalized communities and to meet their needs.
It is difficult to think of H2Empower without Helen Boxwill!
As a professional in the library field, I have had the joy of knowing and working with Helen for the last three and more years. Personally, I found Helen to be dedicated and determined to make the world a better place by reaching the unreached. As far as I know, she has been here in Ethiopia for more than 15 years working in the areas of literacy development, WASH activities and construction of classrooms for needy schools. She always dedicates here time and energy to raise funds and books to schools and community libraries. I had the chance to visit the beautiful library she built in Hosaena at Alemu Woldehanna Primary school. Fortunately, I did training for more than 100 school, college and prison librarians in this library and found it to be resourceful for both school children and adults. Helen is friendly in her approach to people from the all walks of life in her attempt to raise money and other resources such as books. She knows how to work and works closely with local officials and brings them onboard in owning projects and deliverables. I also found her possessing an all-round knowledge and to be a good trainer. She has the passion of working with children and adults and is well versed in what she plans to do.
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I have worked with h2empower as a consultant and as a trainer.The training programmes have empowered school,prison,college and university librarians from the Hadiya zone,Southern Nations and Nationalities Regional State in Ethiopia.In short,I can say that this organisation is voice of the voiceless.
H2empower is truly non-profit seeker organization which is dedicated to emtpower primary school teachers, to empower women,and to work extensively to expand reading habits with in the community.To advance the quality of education,h2 empower has been equiping liberaries in varities of reading materials. The organisation also built liberaries and equiped with computers and reading materials.The community ,where h2 empower works ,are being beneffited a lot from the organization.
Helen Boxwill, through her dedication and leadership, has done so much to make H2 Empower Inc a success. From building and stocking libraries, to training teachers, to empowering women and young girls, to helping provide clean running water and much more, H2 Empower has shown what can be done through the power of education and working with others.
My wife and I have traveled through several countries in Africa. We visited Ethiopia in 2017, and during our time there, came across H2Empower's work in the SNNPR. Speaking to teachers, they could say nothing but enormous and sincere praise on this organization's work. That's not something you see often, especially with non-local groups. I believe H2Empower is doing wonderful things and I hope they continue to do so in the future.
Schools, teachers, libraries, they fundamentally decide how successful a community can be.
I am proud to say that my family and I have supported H2Empower, for probably over a decade, by volunteering with the collection and loading of books for their library, assisting with card cataloging, computer work, creative assistance at fun-raisers, financial support and more. It's hard to imagine all the many ways H2Empower is helping to positively shape the future of individuals, especially young girls, their families and communities, and by extension, ourselves--since they are part of our global community. Piece by piece, this wonderful non-profit has dedicated itself to building literacy and education, water development, sustainable living practices, teachers, training, and other basics to those in dire need. I am also thrilled that my own daughter 's childhood was positively impacted by the many opportunities she had volunteering for this visionary organization.
My name is Feteh. I am an Ethiopian gender adviser in CARE Ethiopia. I have worked with Helen Boxwill and H2 Empower as a volunteer and a gender trainer.
I am always amazed at how much H2 Empower has helped children, girls and community in southern part of Ethiopia. I have seen what impacts the gender training brought in the schools that had their teachers trained and its effect on the girls.
I am also a first hand witness to the joy and benefit of the library H2 Empower established in this community. I remember my childhood and how I valued books in my elementary years. We had all kinds of books, most not children books. so, when I came across a picture book or children's book, that was a "hallelujah!". What H2 Empower gave the kids in Hosanna is a library full of children's books and more educational materials. I have seen, my once in a while childhood, smile shining on so many kids, in all the days I visited and that lit my heart with joy!
What touched me the most is the opportunity it has given girls in very rural areas of my country. It helped them go to school and have meaningful experiences, have water in their schools and around their communities, have the platform to practice speaking and confidence, have clubs that made them see beyond their small world and create young female leaders.
As a woman who is passionate about education and gender, I had seen these girls' future being only in their towns, getting married and living the same tough lives their mothers lived. H2 Empower is changing that for them. It is showing them they can get where they want. They can reach all the highs they jump for and that it is possible for girls to be successful professionals if they worked hard and they do.
I am proud to say H2 Empower is impacting many lives in all the best ways and I am happy to volunteer my time for all the things I could support H2 Empower with.
My cousin, Helen Boxwill, has always been a person who dedicates herself to helping others. She created h2 Empower Inc to provide life essential opportunities for youth and young woman in Ethiopia and Burundi. Peoples lives have been enriched and transformed through the education and training of teachers in reading, special education and the building of a library. Also, life sustaining water is now provided for communities deprived of this very basic need.
H2 Empower is an organization based on love and selflessness. Helen, has truly empowered, uplifted, and shined her powerful light on the good people of Ethiopia!
H2empower is an amazing organization. The work that Helen does in Hosanna and beyond is transformative. They helped to create the first public library in the Hosanna region and are dedicated to improving the schools and increasing access to clean water. All of the work is focused on bettering the youth of Ethiopia through education, water, schools and female empowerment.
H2 Empower has directly impacted the lives of people in a remote town in Ethiopia by providing basic human needs such as water and basic human rights such as education. H2 Empower has a personal connection to their projects as their founder has spent several years living in the country and continues to make frequent visits a part of the organization's mission. H2 Empower does exactly what the name claims, it empowers the people through trainings on all of the services it provides which includes library teacher training, reading training and special needs education trainings to increase the quality of education as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
It's pretty easy to find a good cause worth supporting. It's only marginally less easy to donate. As thankfully, we live in a hyper connected world full of passionate people striving to make the world just a little brighter.
H2Empower takes this to the next level. I've seen first-hand what it is accomplishing and, frankly, it's more effective at the end of the day than some very prominent NGOs. The people that work under H2Empower know what works and what doesn't, who the stakeholders are, and how to change thousands of young lives.
A library is home to imagination, ingenuity, and endless potential.
h2 empower as non profit organisation has been dedicating on the empowerment of students and teachers.
It is also working on establishment of liberaries and equiping with the necessary materials .HaileBubamo primary school liberary at Hossana,Ethiopia ,can be me mentioned as an example.
h2 empower has also extended its work at the nearby wachemo university,Hossana ,Ethiopia.A few days training on "how to teach English in EFL class" was a facinating time.The materials we got from h2 empower to establish ELIP center , is a step to empower our students and staff members in a more professional way.
I am very appreciate the positive work of h2 empower ,the valuable helping and eradicating poverty in the Ethiopian poor community like building community library and ICT center through the effort of the CEO of h2 empower Helen Boxwil ,I have no word how to appreciate her . I know her for the past year working as ICT expert for H2 empower in hosana. It has been my honor be a part of the incredible work being done by H2empower.
I have had the joy of knowing and working with Helen for 5 years. She is amazing in her drive and determination to make the world a better place, especially Ethiopia. She is always on the lookout for ways to raise money for the many projects she completes. She is persistent in getting the right people, in the country and cities where she works, to help support her projects.
The library she built in Ethiopia is full of books, computers (the city is supplying the internet), and has a room for primary teachers to conduct read alouds and other lessons. I visited the library early on a Saturday morning and there were about 50 children (from primary though college-aged students) reading, studying, and enjoying the library.She has reopened a well to provide much needed water, helped a hotel owner learn how to prepare favorites (i.e. pizza) in the hotel's kitchen. There are so many other projects that are to be completed. It is obvious that the money raised goes directly to her projects. She has hosted trips throughout Ethiopia using the proceeds for projects and hosted events in the US to raise money.
Helen is a teacher and uses what she learned in her own classroom to help the children, parents, and teachers acquire the skills and strategies to improve students' abilities to read and write.
When in the US, she is also involved in many projects helping children overcome the barriers and challenges to feel safe and to learn. They know with Helen that they have someone who cares and is interested in their lives. She is a role model in what it means to be a citizen of earth and how to look out for each other. It is an honor to know her and to work with her.
What started out as a grassroots collection of an incredible amount of boxes with books (90,000 according to the official record!), after 13 years, H2Empower has turned into an incredibly impressive, ever-growing, ever responding movement to support Ethiopia and Burundi with libraries, buildings, education, training, resources, and inspiration—all completely in line with the United Nation’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development to Transform the World. Its committed, passionate, creative, and undaunted founder and leader Helen Boxwill exquisitely partners with the local community leaders to help them achieve and celebrates with them when they do. I have known Helen Boxwill since she was a principal in Huntington schools where she was completely devoted to the children. Now she has directed that loving energy to the world. I could not be prouder or more impressed with what she has achieved and continues to. She is a personal inspiration to me as everything that is right with the world.
Helen appeared in my life in 2009 at a critical moment...as the reading office TA of a public middle school on LI, I'd salvaged hundreds of young adult books from being discarded but was at the breaking point at my home storing these many boxes of "useless" reads. My husband kept asking, "Why are you holding on to these?...We don't have the room and no one is benefiting from them." Yes, he was right I knew, but I am constitutionally unable to throw reading material away. I kept playing for time in hopes some deus ex machina would help me find a good home for these great teen reads.
Enter my affiliation with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington at an inaugural concert for Obama's first term in office and I met Helen, became a UU, and shadowed her great work in social justice advocacy. My book cache, along with those of hundreds of other LI donors, made its way to Africa on a 40-ft container ship that H2Empower had somehow managed to arrange from NY to build her dream of a library in Ethiopia.
The rest is history (or perhaps "herstory") and I've been supporting Helen's efforts ever since. One day, I want to see for myself the amazing changes H2Empower has brought to the Ethiopian and Burundian towns and villages her work has helped develop. For now, I watch the amazing videos, attend her great "friend raisers", and marvel at the woman's energy, passion, and example.
Way to go Helen! You're my sheroe.
It is with some astonishment that I have watched the development of H2 Empower. When Helen Boxwill first went off to Ethiopia to teach future teachers of English in 2003, she asked us to collect and mail her some bags of books because books were a rare commodity in that country, and teachers needed them. When she returned to the USA after a year, she sent many more bags of books. Eventually her enthusiasm and leadership led to the collection of so many books that a huge shipping container was filled with the help of many volunteers, and the books were shipped to Hosanna, Ethiopia, the town in which she had been working.
Along the way, the need became obvious for a library building to house most of the books and make them available to the whole community. Rather than quail at the prospect, Helen energized donors here in the States and parents of students in Hosanna. The average income in Ethiopia is $2 a day; the parents alone raised $4,000, a remarkable achievement. The library was built, and the community has been involved from the beginning. The town now pays the salary of the librarian.
Next Helen met a Unitarian Universalist minister from Burundi who was seeking help for the people in his very poor country. H2 Empower eventually raised enough money to get 30 market women started with mini-grants that they would pay back, so other women could establish small businesses also. Next, with her leadership, we successfully sought sponsors for four year scholarships for 20 students in Burundi who would otherwise not have been able to attend college.
Most recently, H2 Empower has sponsored workshops for teachers, and this summer ran the first ever training for librarians in all of Ethiopia. Helen deserves enormous credit for the achievements of H2. She has the very rare ability to dream big and then work hard enough to see those dreams come true.
Helen Boxwill had a dream and I am glad that in a small way I was able to help. She works tirelessly to bring education, a library, water and hope to many less fortunate. It is that hope that warms one's heart. H2empower, as an organization, has delivered for many years through Ms. Boxwill's desire to make change. That change is what brings Ethiopia forward and provides the children and adults an opportunity to make progress. What could be better than to see the rooms at the library full and the smiles on so may faces.
I was introduced to h2empower about 8 months ago when I was saw a wonderful video showing the great work that is being done by this organization. I immediately wanted to participate and help out the hard working and dedicated people involved in this terrific nonprofit organization. The presentation I attended gave just a glimpse of the great work they are doing, and the impact that it is having in the community. How wonderful to know there are such dedicated working to contribute to the thousands of people who benefit from the community library, teacher training, education, and so much more. I am really proud to be able to help with the great work that h2empower is doing, and I look forward to seeing the plans and ideas for future projects come to be in the near future. The dedication, hard work, commitment, and heart that is given to this organization is incredible!
Ethiopia is not a land of plenty. In fact, if you looked at the statistics there is drought and as a consequence, food shortages. Additionally lack of sanitation brings high levels of major infectious diseases, the literacy rate ranks among the 10 lowest in the world with only 49% for males and 25% for females. Our founder, Helen Boxwill, a former teacher and administrator, saw a need to step in and work to better the lives in Ethiopia and Burundi .
After learning about Helen’s work, building a community library providing thousands of books, bringing water to communities, building classrooms, supporting girls education and setting up micro-loans and scholarships in Ethiopia and Burundi I was touched deeply by her dedication.
I along with my husband, visited Ethiopia on a trip Helen arranged. It was in 2015 we went to offer our service, see firsthand what Helen had accomplished and to see the vision of H2Empower in person. While in Ethiopia I saw how rich the people were, in sincerity, interest to learn and make a better life for themselves and their children. I saw how revered and celebrated Helen has become, how without pause she can tackle any project, solve problems and get the job done! Her dedication is unparalleled and has become her life’s work. I have called her the Mother Theresa of Ethiopia!
In 2016 I was privileged to be asked to serve as a board member of H2Empower. As an educator myself, I know the profound benefits education can make providing opportunities for economic growth, enhance conditions of health and well-being while improving the general quality of lives! I am proud to say that this is a small non-profit where we serve in an unpaid capacity, operating expenses are minimal and the donations are therefore put to good use fulfilling the goals directly back to the mission in Ethiopia and Burundi!
I feel very strongly about the work of H2 Empower since it is close to my heart. Yes, they have changed the lives of thousands of families through the transformative work of instilling the value of reading, building state-of-the -art libraries and training teachers and librarians to enhance and education in Ethiopia. What is so special about h2 Empower is the sheer passion of founder Helen Boxwill and the organization's ability to work closely with government officials to ensure sustainability for all their life-changing endeavors...whether it's installing wells for a schools and villages who never had easy access to water, to building classrooms, schools, libraries that led to inspiring commercial business in remote villages, to empowering girls to have a voice and so much more. All the work of h2 Empower gives direct positive impact to children, families and communities. I've been to Ethiopia for the Hosanna library's grand opening celebrations and it is truly remarkable how much a small non-profit such as H2 Empower has achieved through incredible respect in the region. Not only that ,in Burundi, Africa the organization provides college scholarships to high-achieving students at risk of losing any opportunity for advanced education. This academic support is a source of pride for H2Empower as well. I am proud of the vital work of to h2 Empower to uplift the lives of so many....beginning with the love and empowerment of reading and then spreading the love to transform full lives.
H2 Empower has tirelessly and diligently worked to enhance education in Ethiopia and has built a sustainable community library in Hosanna, Ethiopia. The sheer dedication and educational expertise that h2 Empower brings to it's numerous projects is beyond compare. Whether it's spearheading enormous
book drives in the US, shipping thousands of books to Ethiopia, training teachers, communicating with local officials and parents in local villages or supporting college scholarships for students in Burundi, H2 Empower is an organization that is deeply committed to empowering lives through education. As a founding board member, I have watched in awe as the countless obstacles were overcome and many goals realized.
I have known Helen Boxwill since we attended high school together. I am certain Helen's Non-Profit is successful because of Helen's true dedication to the betterment of humankind. The accomplishments made by Helen and her fellow volunteers speaks to their sincere love of wanting to see the lives of people improved through education, the building of a library with thousands of books, and the introduction of water to the community. It fills my heart to see the photos of the joy displayed on the faces of the community members and the pride they take in their schools and library. I am so grateful to such kind and compassionate people like Helen and her staff of teachers and administrators. Thank you to one and all. You are making our world a better one.
It has been amazing to witness the impact of h2 Empower's work. The drive to meet the needs of the community went from building a library to delivering books, health care through putting in water, building classrooms to lower class size, helping girls stay in school and many other works. These activities have helped thousands of people. I have been happy to be a part of this important effort to bring sustainable development to these eager people.
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After our traveling to Ethiopia two years ago through H2Empower, my wife and I experienced the most enlightening trip we've had in our 50 years of traveling around the world. We left on the journey packed with all of our preconceived notions of what we would see, most of them were quickly dispelled.
Sure there was poverty and conditions we as westerners were not accustomed. Despite some of their obvious struggles, we discovered the most beautiful, friendly, sharing, kind, happy, and grateful people we had ever met.
We quickly understood why Helen, director of h2Empower, carries such a passion for her work in Ethiopia. It took us no time to share that passion. Helen has dedicated the last dozen years in advancing the educational needs within Ethiopia, offering her background as educator and administrator when she founded h2Empower. Helen was able to offer so many possibilities to enhance the educational practices in Ethiopia and become a change-maker. Much of her work has and continues to be in Hosanna, a rural town a few hours drive outside of Addis Ababa.
What an experience to see first-hand the level of adulation and gratitude the people of this rural community bestowed upon Helen. Traveling for hours along dusty, rutty roads we arrived in our van to the school in Hosanna where we were quickly met by hundreds of children dancing and chanting a greeting, holding welcoming signs as they circled around our van in celebration of Helen’s arrival. It was quite obvious through this display that she was a much revered and welcomed guest.
It was here in Hosanna we had the opportunity to see some of the fruits of Helen’s labor of love. Through her efforts, Helen was able to build a new library next to an elementary school in Hosanna, and stock it with thousands of donated books. Helen has also worked on bettering teacher training, improving literacy skills, raising women’s awareness in health issues, and working within the communities in solving some of their concerns such as getting access to potable drinking water, learning about permaculture gardening to aid in feeding their families. Through fund raising efforts, a half mile pipeline with spigots strategically placed along the connection, enabled fresh water to reach 40 families, a school and a library was built all of these contributions changing and enhancing the lives of so many!
What we witnessed in the people of Ethiopia was the positive attitude, the willingness to work hard and change the lives for their children and while retaining their beautiful culture and traditions. What we were lucky enough to participate in, and see for ourselves, will never be forgotten. We concluded that we were all looking to make a brighter future for our children and future generations. Thank you h2Empower for doing something about that!
Iv'e known Helen Boxwill director of H2empower for close to ten years and had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with her in 2015. Her never-ending love and enthusiasm for the people of Hosanna was obvious as we visited several schools and participated in teacher workshops. She is doing what many set out to do but may never achieve. By incorporating the assistance of the local people with outside help she has been able to effect true change..the building of a public library and bringing clean water to schools. H2empower also provides scholarships to college students in Burundi as well as micro loans to women's businesses. The organization works with continuous energy to empower the people of Hosanna, Ethiopia and burundi.
I have known this nonprofit from the very beginning. I never cease to be amazed by how much has been done . From a what started as a great idea to being able to see people using the library and enjoying the experience is just beyond words. This group works tirelessly and continues to find new and wonderful ways to improve on what has been done!
It has been my honor to be a part of the incredible work being done by H2empower. The heartfelt dedication is contagious. However small my part has been life changing.
H2Empower statement from Randa Jacobs
In March 2013 I traveled to Ethiopia to visit my friend and colleague, Helen Boxwill.
I had heard stories of her volunteer activities in Ethiopia for nearly a dozen years. Finally, I witnessed the results following years of dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the “Library Project”.
With great attention to detail, and timing, Helen organized our tour. It was one of the most comprehensive experiences I have ever had. After a brief visit, including extraordinary historical, anthropological, biological, and botanical areas, cultural, educational, religious shrines, even simple and ordinary everyday life, I returned home, my curiousity very satiated.
I enjoyed wandering around Addis Ababa, taking in Lalibela, learning about stelae, eating wonderful foods, and being entertained by local dancers, and musicians.
The most memorable event of all:
After a very long drive to Hosana, Helen brought us to the site of her project, the brand-new library. It was an impressive sight! I was reminded of conversations we had had over the years. She never let anything stop her quest to make literacy available to all. She and her organization made it REAL!
Helen planned a TEACHER TRAINING day. While we were in Hosana we participated by presenting a workshop to the teachers in the area. We shared BEST PRACTICES, strategies and ideas to help make learning fun, and effective.
The workshop was well attended; and in spite of language, and cultural differences, the participants received us with great enthusiasm. The day was very successful!
I am proud to know Helen, and to have had the opportunity to participate in her ‘dream come true’. It was thrilling, and I plan to continue to support her project
I first met Helen Boxwill, from H2 Empower in 2010 while I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working to reburbish an all-boys orphanage. We immediately connected and are now life long friends and 'Ethiopian travel buddies'. We left Addis and headed to Hosanna to work on the Library Project where we met with Community Leaders, Politicians, Building Planners and Parents to discuss the concept and vision of the Community Library (which was foreign to them). On that trip I was able to be a part of a Primary School 'teacher-training'. Hosanna, from its landscape, to its people, to their passion for their community and history is amazing and beautiful! I have been back several times to see the libraries ground breaking, early and final phase of construction, unloading of the books (from the shipping container) and the first movie night (which was a movie from the region in Ge'ez). Seeing the students/children using the library is definately a "full-circle moment" and was very emotional.
I believe H2 Empower Inc. sees a need and then works with the Community, Leaders and other Professionals in the area to help build dreams come true! H2 Empower Inc. does not force change or try to 'Americanize' the change but works with the Community, and Leaders to help empower the future of Hosanna (through education and reading). I saw this first hand with the Library Project, the Teacher-Trainer Programs, Reading Programs and in pushing for education of all children. All promoting the future!
If you visit Hosanna, the capital city of the Hadiya Zone in southern Ethiopia, you won't have to walk too far off the main thoroughfare, running down the center of town, before you come to big green gates that open to a large government school and the newly constructed community library.
This spacious sturdy building and the thousands of books it houses is now the pride of a community that sincerely wants their children to have the benefit of books in their lives. Their desire became the driving passion of Helen Boxwill who created h2Empower after living in Hosanna and teaching at the Teachers' College there.
h2Empower Inc. continues to work with a wide range of stakeholders to enrich learning, teaching and community life in Burundi and Ethiopia. As a board member who has had the privilege of sharing books with the children who gather in the library and working with their teachers in Hosanna classrooms, I am proud to be a part of this small but dynamic organization and grateful for the opportunity it gives me to give back.
I want to take a moment to say how much i appreciated the great effort made by h2 Empower on READING. This is really needy area. It is made in response to the shocking result of EGRA and to promote the CULTURE OF READING in our Community. Her effort especially got me very energized about the road ahead. h2 Empower
made it happen by
• work with local storytellers, cultural experts to run events for the community at the library in local languages
• Use the library to increase English speaking and listening for the whole town
• Getting secondary school students to know how to use the library not just for studying for tests but to find new ideas and expand their horizons
• Training teachers how to use the library for their classes. Co -teaching with them in the the library until they are comfortable to do it themselves
• Using the picture books to teach beginning reading for early primary schools
This is all about my comment for h2 Empower
H2 Empower supports literacy in Ethiopia through the efforts of Director, Helen Boxwill, who completed the building of a library in Hosanna, Ethiopia, complete with books to meet readers of all ages.
During this last year in Ethiopia as a Volunteer, I joined Helen to assist in organizing and cataloguing books in the first public library in the region for children of all ages, along with adults. H2 has built an impressive and enriching environment which will be available for generations to come.
H2Empower is doing amazing work to bring education and sustainable development to rural areas of Ethiopia. I have seen their work firsthand and Executive Director Helen Boxwill builds partnerships with local residents to make sure their needs and wishes are the guiding forces in the projects implemented. I spent time working with Helen in Hosanna and it was transformational. H2Empower has really made a difference in the lives of the school children and families in Hosanna!
Mary Beth Guyther
I have known Helen Boxwill, the president of h2Empower for many years and I am very impressed by what she has accomplished in Hosanna, Ethiopia. She is bringing literacy and sustainability to several communities and making a profound impact on the lives of the people in that area. Most importantly, she understands the cultural context in which she works.
I am honored to know H2 Empower right from the beginning for one of its impact full project was in my country, Ethiopia. I don't think I can have enough words in English to express what I feel about H2 Empower as English is not my language here in Ethiopia. H2 Empower's work down at grassroots level and its community library at Hossiana, one of the remote areas in Ethiopia, is amazing that no one had attempted to do before even if there are so many non profit organizations around here. . H2Empwer is not just for publicity at all, rather its work is to make real, meaningful and sustainable impact in poor community through education. Its work need to expand beyond Hossiana to other villages of of my country and sincerely I appreciate its work and I will continue to support its work.
Country Representative, IFESH/Ethiopia, Ethiopia.
Staying power for the long term. Visited the Hosanna Public Library constructed with SIGNIFICANT local contributions on the grounds of the local Elementary School. This is truly an amazing feat -- it shows that the parents support the project and really want their children to be well-educated. Most NGOs do not go out to the rural South of Ethiopia. Most do not get local , grassroots financial support. They do not achieve, tangible, community-supported benefits. This might be the ONLY Public Library in Ethiopia. An inspiring model for all of us (Ethiopians, Americans) to learn from. Having taught at Addis Ababa University for two years & worked with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education for two years (funded by USAID), I've seen many NGOs come & go in Ethiopia. H2 Empower has been there & is there for the long term.