My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Empowerment International Inc, Boulder, CO, USA
I first encountered Empowerment International while staying in Granada in 2012. I had visited Nicaragua several times before and was falling in love with the country. I came across an informational pamphlet for EI at a local business, and was intrigued. I emailed, presuming they would get back to me in a few weeks, and I could check out the organization on my next visit. To my surprise, I got an immediate response from Anielka, and I was at the ‘photography exhibit’ the next day!.
My wife and I had the opportunity the next day to meet the children at the EI centre and learn about the program. To say I was impressed was an understatement…..to take kids from homes surviving on a few dollars a day with an average 3rd grade education, and enabling them stay in school – through University!
I discovered an organization that truly helped children in a struggling environment. No religious ties, no political ties, no elite bureaucracy, no massive fundraising machinations….an organization that was completely focused on doing whatever it takes to keep these children in school – and lift them and their families out of the poverty cycle.
Since that first visit I have visited EI several times as a volunteer, fundraising event participant, and supporter. The only paid employees are local Nicaraguans, many who are graduates of the program. The organization has a great policy of always supporting the local community and economy first in everything it does. Know that when you support Empowerment International, ALL of your time, donations, and goodwill is truly supporting the development of underprivileged youth in Nicaragua. I have personally witnessed the amazing results of this organization, and am proud to be involved.
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