‘No one has ever become poor by giving’
Empowering Communities was born out of a simple idea - Give a man a fish and you can feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you can feed him for a lifetime.
There are thousands of organisations worldwide who aim to support the millions of destitute people locked in a life of poverty without any means of escape.
What if these people had a chance at life to not only support themselves and their loved ones, but were able to create an environment of progress, aspiration and self-empowerment much like what we have access to in the developed world? Empowering Communities aim to achieve exactly that.
Beyond the idea of providing basic aid and care which leaves people dependent upon continued hand-outs and charity, Empowering Communities is trying to restore the ambition, the hope and the drive among the most needy.
They aim to help people reach a position in the future where they are capable of not only supporting themselves and their loved ones, but are also in a position to continue the cycle by helping others too.
Instead of a blanket, a meal or a t-shirt with a fancy logo, the registered charity are helping people build their futures by supporting them into employment.
Training, references and resources are provided for men and women so they can work and put food on their tables and clothes on their backs.
Empowering Communities have also provided sewing machines to women who want to make livings as tailors, and market stalls to young men whereby they not only sell fruit and vegetables to earn their living, but also dictate their own direction of work.
Children who were once forced to work in sweatshops or garages because their families couldn’t afford to pay the school fees are now getting an education and creating a future that they once could have only dreamed of, whilst people who were facing a lifetime of disability, due to basic injuries, can now receive the medical treatment they need so they may get back on their feet.
Over 100 families have been helped in a variety of ways since Empowering Communities was officially launched on 26th August 2014.
Men, women and children are able to, for the first time in their lives, work to improve their own lives and create a future that they never thought possible.
“Help us to continue our mission and expand our work to help many more people and become a part of the team.
“Whether you would like to help with your donations, volunteering or fundraising we are always happy to expand our team.
“We hope to work together and continue our mission of empowering communities to create a better tomorrow.”