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Review for Empower Playgrounds Inc, Provo, UT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In May 2009 I traveled to Ghana with Empower Playgrounds Inc.(EPI). EPI installs innovative playground equipment that generates electricity for rural schools off the electrical grid. It was amazing to me that electricity could be produced by something as fun as a merry go round! These toys are often the only toy these kids will ever see besides old bike tires and an occasional soccer ball. And the light these toys produce will be the only safe and renewable light source they have as well, often replacing dangerous kerosene lanterns which cause severe eye and lung problems besides the obvious fire risk. EPI as a foundation is also amazing. They operate with minimal overhead by keeping a small employee base in the US as well as in Ghana. There are no huge salaries to be paid out of donations they receive so a large majority of the money they raise is transferred to the children in Ghana providing them with improved education and opportunities. EPI's founder, Ben Markham, is also very devoted to improving the standard of living and education in Ghana. After retiring from a long and prosperous career with a major company he has devoted his life to this work in Ghana.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I went to Ghana with EPI to document the life of one of the students using the merry go round and prospering from its life changing light. Mary, then a 16 year old 6th grader, was graceful despite a horrible past filled with tragedy and disappointment. Her English, reading and confidence were all leaps and bounds better than her classmates and many of the adults I met while there. She attributes this difference to the merry go round she loves, as do I.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Travelled as a photographer to Minya to document the life of one of EPI's students.