Empowerment Through Education
EdPowerment Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to enabling education for neglected teenagers and youth with special needs through grassroots community-based, hands-on programs in villages outside of Moshi, Tanzania.
Although we live in a globally connected world, we still can be disconnected from individuals born into radically different conditions than our own. EdPowerment bridges this disconnect. EdPowerment enables us to go beyond our immediate orbit of family, friends and work to help those who must rely on humanitarians to attain a satisfying life.
Our vibrant, integrated programs bring learning opportunities through these avenues:
EdPowerment funds this vital community centre that teaches critical skills to surrounding villagers, particularly teens from deprived, often-harsh conditions, and struggling young adults. The intent is to offer quality instruction in English, farming, use of the computer (including free on-line learning) and academic subjects as needed so that those who seek to better their lives have a path to do so.
Now an independent Tanzanian NGO, this program has been a pioneering voice for those living
with autism and intellectual disabilities and their caretakers. With ongoing funding and guidance from EdPowerment, a local Board of Directors is spearheading an agenda of events and support for government officials, educators and all segments of society to embrace, instead of reject, this
EdPowerment mentors, nurtures and funds select post-primary school students who have no resources so that they can continue learning as far as their talents take them. As of 2016 nearly 40 students are enrolled in secondary and high school and vocational, certificate and university degree programs. The goal? Gainful employment and a strengthened community.
As funding allows, EdPowerment targets assistance to the community at large. We have funded toilets to allow the Mary Bennett-Sambarai government primary school to remain open to 700 students, and undertaken other key educational projects and workshops.
EdPowerment undertook the drilling of a water well project in 2011 to facilitate the Centre’s development and provide a clean water source for the local peasant population, who can fill their buckets at the Centre’s outlets. In 2016 a solar refurbishment allowed the water well to service the Centre's expanded agribusiness projects that teach locals best practices.