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New job skills training academy opening

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OPENING SOON: The advert for Empowering Communities’ new project in Pakistan which aims to help people get back into work

OPENING SOON: The advert for Empowering Communities’ new project in Pakistan which aims to help people get back into work

Help people in Pakistan find employment with Empowering Communities

Since 2014, Empowering Communities has been working around the clock to transform impoverished communities from their destitute states into a self-sustaining, progressive stage of their lives.

In order for poverty stricken people to begin to make positive and lasting changes, we have to address the underlying issues which cause such terrible issues in this day and age.

People in the same society face disparities beyond imagination and there is a monumental amount of work that needs doing.

An incredible amount of effort is required to achieve the ultimate goal of helping the most needy.

Empowering Communities is only weeks away from opening its first job skills training academy which marks a major leap forward in tackling the issue of unemployment and poverty.

Teachers specialise in various fields; from literacy and numeracy, to skilled labour - like carpentry and bricklaying.

Even driving instructors will give their time to help the least fortunate in this difficult climate.

Construction work is now underway in Pakistan to provide six different classes every day, as well as providing additional support to not only get the unemployed into work, but to support them whilst they begin their journey from unemployment into the jobs market. Empowering Communities want to ensure that long-term and sustainable employment is delivered.

Empowering Communities has waiting lists for its shelters, medical aid and employment support but without your support, none of this is possible.

Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this.

Water pumps and wells will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

You can call the office on 01274 502750, visit us online at www.empoweringcommunities.org or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today. Alternatively, you can text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Money stolen from under shops’ noses using fake ‘preacher’ personas

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CHARITY: Empowering Communities currently has projects ongoing in disadvantaged regions around the world

CHARITY: Empowering Communities currently has projects ongoing in disadvantaged regions around the world

AWARENESS: Usman Sheikh holds aloft two collection boxes which had been targeted by would-be thieves in Lancashire

AWARENESS: Usman Sheikh holds aloft two collection boxes which had been targeted by would-be thieves in Lancashire

Charity box crooks target Empowering Communities

An international charity, which provides humanitarian aid to people in some of the world’s most deprived areas, is appealing to the public to be vigilant, after a number of collection boxes were stolen.

Empowering Communities, which fundraises across the UK, have seen a string of thefts over the past 12 months, with a specific focus on the Lancashire and Greater Manchester regions.

On many occasions, one individual has been to blame, yet with thefts now stretching to the Midlands and South Yorkshire, the cases are becoming more varied.

Mohammed Azeem, spokesperson for the charity, explained how people had taken on ‘fake personas’ to cunningly take collection boxes from stores.

“Our boxes are very important for the charity as they bring in vital funds to help with projects overseas,” he said.

“In a couple of areas, these thefts have been happening but it is most prevalent in the Manchester region.

DONATION: Empowering Communities has a presence across the UK, with fundraising and collection boxes helping to provide international aid and support

DONATION: Empowering Communities has a presence across the UK, with fundraising and collection boxes helping to provide international aid and support

“There is one man in particular that we have confronted over this, and we have actually been able to gather evidence which has been handed over to the police.

“He is in his mid-50s and plays the ‘preacher card’. He is going into shops and telling people he is collecting money for a new mosque and pressuring them to hand over all the charity box money.

“If that approach doesn’t work, he says he is part of Empowering Communities. This is an approach we have seen elsewhere too.”

The charity, which has their central offices based in Bradford,  has renewed their appeal for vigilance.  Reports of thefts in Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield show there is a spike in the increase of these crimes.

It is believed one person is again at the heart of the fraudulent collections.

Mohammed praised the Bradford community for their support of the charity since its founding three years ago.

“Our county here has done us really proud,” he said. “The odd box has gone missing here or there, but often it is due to clerical errors. Overall the Yorkshire community has been really good.

“I would just like to once again ask people who are kind enough to have our collection boxes in their stores or premises to please just be vigilant when it comes to keeping the funds safe.

“Every penny goes to a great cause and we appreciate the public’s generosity.”

Empowering Communities aim to help orphans, the elderly and victims of disaster, both natural and man-made, on an international scale.

Based in West Yorkshire, the charity has a presence across the UK from Scotland to Bournemouth and Kent to Cardiff.

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Empowering Communities has big plans for the New Year

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VITAL SUPPLIES:  With your help, the vulnerable can access essential goods

VITAL SUPPLIES: With your help, the vulnerable can access essential goods

 Please donate to help the homeless in Pakistan and India

With the advent of the New Year, Empowering Communities is now more determined than ever to make 2016 a bigger, better and brighter year.

Setting its sights on ever-higher targets, Empowering Communities has a huge task ahead of itself.

This year’s plans have been finalised for the opening of the second homeless shelter in Pakistan, the opening of the first shelter in India and Academies to follow for each respective region.

Support for the homeless, the street beggars and those locked in bonded labour (today’s version of slavery) need our help and support to gain their freedom and rebuild their lives.

This winter, the biting cold, the sharp winds and freezing nights will take many lives. Lives which could be saved with the right help from those of us who can afford to.

REBUILDING LIVES: Empowering Communities provide shelter for those who need it most

REBUILDING LIVES: Empowering Communities provide shelter for those who need it most

Empowering Communities has so far provided permanent, safe and clean accommodation to thousands of people who would have had a much harder time getting through this winter without that help.

Those very people have also been supported to get an education, medical care, job skills, training, access to water - and much more - so that after getting on their feet they never need to seek the mercy and charity of others again.

HANDING OUT FOOD: The charity does not want to see anyone go hungry

HANDING OUT FOOD: The charity does not want to see anyone go hungry

It's a bold mission to expand the same level of help to the millions across the world - but by working together it can be achieved. 

A tremendous amount of work is planned for the New Year, but not without your help.

You, too, can be a part of this amazing drive.

Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this.

CHILDREN IN NEED: Your donations will give children a better quality of life

CHILDREN IN NEED: Your donations will give children a better quality of life

Water pumps and wells will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

Call the office on 01274 502750 or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today.

Alternatively, you can text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

FRESH WATER: Installing water pumps in the countries that need it most

FRESH WATER: Installing water pumps in the countries that need it most

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Mehreen’s story: Bradford-based charity changing lives overseas

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SUPPORT: Mehreen was struck by a vehicle when she was younger and has been forced to live with a badly damaged leg as her family could not afford medical treatment

SUPPORT: Mehreen was struck by a vehicle when she was younger and has been forced to live with a badly damaged leg as her family could not afford medical treatment

This is Mehreen. A young child no older than six-years, she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident a couple of months ago.

Being the daughter of a single mother who makes a living collecting and disposing of rubbish from more affluent houses, earning a meagre income, paying for medical treatment in a country with hardly any state support for healthcare, this child had no option but to try and get by with a severely damaged leg and pray that one day somebody took pity on her and either help her get the treatment she needed or face a lifetime physically disabled.

DAMAGE: X-rays show the extent of the injury to Mehreen’s leg

DAMAGE: X-rays show the extent of the injury to Mehreen’s leg

Mehreen’s mother, Kaneez, was barely earning enough money to provide one basic meal to her three children and trying to afford school fees, uniforms and books was completely out of the question.

Due to this, Kaneez and her children rely on the mercy of neighbours and general passers-by to donate what they can in order to help out.

Through her many visits to many houses, she ended up visiting one particular home where she became friends with the house-maid. Kaneez shared her daughter’s plight and she was directed towards Empowering Communities.

empowering communities mehreen xray (338x450)The very next day Kaneez arrived at the Empowering Communities office in Johar Town, Lahore and spoke of her problems. She brought her daughter and upon seeing the state of this poor child, it was an easy decision to help get this child treated as soon as possible. Today Mehreen is recovering in hospital after receiving surgery to repair her broken leg.

Not only that, but Empowering Communities has taken on the task of covering medical costs for Mehreen and her siblings as well as supporting them with all possible means to go to school and gain an education.

Kaneez is being given training to learn tailoring so she can work a more hygienic, better paying and respectable job where she isn’t relying upon carrying rubbish and waste from people’s houses with her bare hands just to earn a few pennies.

Their lives will be better than their current predicaments, where they are facing their ever more challenging lives.

Empowering Communities has been working very hard to continue delivering aid and support to the very needy. Whether its medical aid to children like Mehreen or building water wells and hand pumps in the Thar desert so families are not forced into suicide from extreme starvation, it is a continuous mission to ensure that help is given to those who need it.

You too can be a part of this mission. Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this.

Training academies along with staff and resources will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

You can call the office on 01274 502750 or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today.

Alternatively, text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Empowering Communities: Giving a second chance at life

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Empowering Communities have been pursuing their aims of facilitating people for a healthier tomorrow with complete fervour and dedication.

A year on from the completion of the first homeless shelter, which provided accommodation for 100 people, mostly orphans, they are now mere weeks away from completing the second project on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan.

This will allow another 100 people to stop sleeping rough and live in a secure and stable environment. With every person that is given accommodation, support is given for employment, education, medical aid and entrepreneurship.

From women who can now work as tailors to young men driving taxis, rickshaws or fruit carts, people can now regain their pride and no longer depend on the charity of anyone. Now, construction on the orphanage in Jalandhar, India, is in full flow and completion is expected in the coming months, giving another 100 children the chance at a better life.

empowering communities 1 (300x296)With so much progress, such vigorous passion in achieving their goals, one would think that now might be the time to ease off the pressure and allow accommodation to resume.

However, with such demand and such huge levels of poverty they’re tackling, Empowering Communities has set the wheels in motion for the first training academy.

Based in Johar Town, Lahore, a property has been secured which will be the first training academy providing basic skills and education training for the most needy.

Basic literacy and numeracy are the most important skills anybody needs and classes are set to begin in the New Year. Alongside these classes, courses will be offered in bricklaying, carpentry, tailoring and many other various skills to help the previously unemployable find gainful long-term employment.

With the provisions of accommodation and medical aid, along with support with education and entrepreneurial skills, the introduction of training academies will now be a huge step in making a permanent change in the lives of the most destitute. Empowering Communities has taken steps in several ways to truly change lives for the better.

With a target of 10 training academies in Pakistan to begin, ranging from Lahore, Jhelum, Mirpur, Attock, Faisalabad and other towns and cities, Empowering Communities will be providing transport for people to-and-from their local towns to a training academy for the entire length of the desired course followed by helping them to find work and begin earning a living.

No longer will these women and children be forced to beg on the streets for a basic meal, nor will there be a need to work in bonded slavery in gruelling conditions earning just enough to survive the night only to repeat he torturous process all over again day-in-and-day-out until their bodies crumble or their mind gives up.

This is the chance needed for many people who require a helping hand in life but have nowhere to turn. People need a chance to earn a living, to be able to work and pay for the things they need in life and not be forced to rely on the mercy of passers-by.

This amazing initiative by Empowering Communities is set to make pronounced and permanent changes in the lives of many and you too can help.

Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this. Training academies along with staff and resources will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

You can call the office on 01274 502750 or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today. Alternatively, you can text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Empowering Communities: Delivering clean water supplies to those most in need

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Empowering Communities has begun its latest mission in helping those with nothing to start making something for themselves, as volunteers targeted some of the world’s most isolated communities.

In the beginning of November 2015, Empowering Communities sent a team to the Tharr desert region of Pakistan. Plagued with droughts lasting years at a time, agriculture is pretty much non-existent and even the most basic of human needs - drinking water, is something incredibly scarce in this region.

Where people have to travel for up to three hours to the nearest streams to get water just to drink and survive. Here you'll see families sending out their young with buckets to make the journey on foot in the scorching heat and with the help of almost no technology at all to fill up what they can carry back to their homes.

Living in mud-huts, barely surviving each day with what little they manage to gather, every morning is another battle of life and death.

When water is so scarce, how can anyone expect these people to look at building a future? When the very concept of survival is seen as such a huge challenge, then things like education and a career are beyond even the wildest of imaginations here.

empowering communities well (300x296)This is where empowering communities felt that the biggest difference would be made by helping those people. So a team got together and began the arduous journey. Driving 17 hours from Mirpur in Kashmir, equipped with all the tools necessary to begin the important task of providing clean drinking water and make life that little bit easier for the people of Tharr.

Along the way, things like shops and service stations became increasingly rare until the final few hours were nothing more than a drive through barren wasteland. Several hours and hundreds of miles later, a small village was spotted. The stories, as heartbreaking as they were, weren't anything that Empowering Communities were not prepared for. So the task began.

For two days, living out of tents, working day and night to find the most convenient points for wells and hand pumps, the team worked tirelessly to initiate the first supply of regular and clean drinking water to the people of Tharr. Braving the freezing temperatures at night and the blazing sun during the day, the task ended 40 hours later with 16 pumps fitted to provide water for 50 houses of the village.

One local man from the area, named Mohammed Maqsood, said: “I have grown old, years have gone by and the world has forgotten us, we've also forgotten the world.

“We think of nothing more than just getting through each day trying to survive. This drought has taken most of my family.

“My brothers and sisters have one by one fallen victim to it and all I can do is pray. Today my prayers have been answered and God has heard me.

“I'm so thankful for his help. He has sent angels to finally end this daily torture.”

With each well and hand pump donated by generous people of all ages from all backgrounds in the UK, it is a small price to pay for the task of having saved so many lives in the future.

Many others like Maqsood will now no longer be terrified for the lives of their children and their very existence whenever warmer weather does come.

You too can be a part of this amazing drive. Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this. Water pumps and wells will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

You can call the office on 01274 502750 or email info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today.

Alternatively, you can text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Eliminating poverty, one family at a time

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Bradford charity working around the world

From providing the basic living necessities to supporting children and adults into securing a better future, Empowering Communities seems to be stopping at nothing to achieve its goals.

They started with providing food to the starving, followed by shelter for the homeless and medical aid for the sick. Now Empowering Communities has begun its next big venture, setting up training academies to help the unemployable become employed.

The biggest issue in the employment sector in developing countries like Pakistan, India or Bangladesh is not a lack of jobs, but a lack of skilled workers to fill the jobs.

This then pushes people into either hard labour or resorting to begging. A common misconception is that people want to beg because they are lazy. Studies show however that the vast majority of people who are begging, only do so because they are simply unable to find a job.

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Many of them will gladly work any job they are given, but if they simply are not up to the standards of what an employer requires, then one cannot expect a very long career with such an employer.

It is precisely this challenge which Empowering Communities have now taken on, with the introduction of the first of many training centres.

Ranging from sewing classes to carpentry and bricklaying and even IT skills - learning to use MS office among other programs, Empowering Communities will be opening training centres to help those who are struggling to find jobs, become better equipped and much more capable of finding secure, gainful employment so that they may have a means of building their own future.

With a target of 20 classrooms per centre, providing free training to anyone of working age, Empowering Communities is working alongside its sister organisation based in Pakistan - Empowering Communities Foundation.

Together they aim to ensure everything is covered, from basic numeracy and literacy skills to driver training, always with a clear aim to help as many people as possible to enter the workforce and regain their pride, their freedom and take control of their own destiny.

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The current phase of training centres will be opening in many towns and cities across Pakistan including Jhelum, Mirpur, Attock, Faisalabad and Gujarkhan, and there will be classes from 10am to 10pm everyday.

Empowering Communities will be pushing to create an employable workforce which no longer needs to depend on handouts and together aim to eliminate poverty one family at a time. Your donations are needed more than ever to achieve this.

Training academies along with staff and resources will be funded by Empowering Communities through your donations and you can help today by either volunteering or making a   donation.

You can call the office on       01274 502 750 or email info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit today.

Alternatively, text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Bradford charity changing lives around the world

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BACKING: Singer, NS Chauhan, said he was so amazed by the work being undertaken by Empowering Communities he had to get involved

BACKING: Singer, NS Chauhan, said he was so amazed by the work being undertaken by Empowering Communities he had to get involved

NS Chauhan sign up to back Empowering Communities

Empowering Communities has had an incredible year. Working around the clock to make a difference, tackle poverty and rebuild lives one step at a time, they’ve caught the eye of some of the biggest names in entertainment today and begun to really make strides in their aim of facilitating people to build a healthier tomorrow.

Helping children, mostly orphans, to gain freedom from slave labour so they can attend school and gain an education as a right rather than privilege, is one of the organisation’s top priorities.

Empowering Communities have also been providing housing, jobs, medical aid and carers respectively for as many people as possible.

From infants to the elderly, the jobless to the disabled, helping with either cancer treatment or a child’s education, the charity are undoubtedly making inroads like never before, tackling and ultimately defeating the nemesis of poverty, one small community after another.

With the amazing success they’ve had in their first project in Pakistan, Empowering Communities caught the attention of Bhangra legends, RDB, Punjabi megastar, Navraj Hans - son of the iconic and incomparable Hans Raj Hans, and having now been selected as the charity of the year by Brit Asia, it seems like good news does indeed travel fast.

Hot off the Brit Asia World Music Awards 2015, we had a chance to catch up with the superstar ambassadors of Empowering Communities and find out a little bit more about the ever-growing support and everlasting impact of this incredible organisation.

N.S Chauhan, famous for his vocal artistry behind the microphone, is the representative in India for Empowering Communities and he took a moment to share his insight.

“I would drive past the Empowering Communities office almost every day as it is close to our recording studios until one day I decided to pop in and see what this place was and what these guys were doing,” he said.

“When I saw for myself, the pictures and videos of all the brilliant work they’ve done so far in Pakistan and then hearing that they wanted to work in as many countries as possible, I felt obliged to help.

“I ended up leaving for some shows I had in India and Pakistan and when in Pakistan I saw with my own eyes how huge their impact is.

“Empowering Communities are not just about feeding people two to three meals a day or giving somebody a blanket, they are turning people’s lives around and it was such a fantastic effort, any doubt I had was gone.

“I showed my good friend, Navraj, and asked if he would like to get involved. He had been looking to lend his support and star-power to a charity for some time but when I told him about the guys at Empowering Communities he was moved by their work so much, he made a pledge to not only represent them in India and help raise awareness, but also to lay the foundations of the first shelter project in India with his own hands.

“Navraj is now personally raising funds and supporting the new project in Jalandhar, India and has vowed to help continue the remarkable difference that Empowering Communities makes wherever they go and spread their message as far as he can.”

Empowering Communities has certainly been making great progress in their mission and you can help today by either volunteering or making a donation.

Simply pick up the phone and call the office on 01274 502750, or email info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit. Alternatively, text EMPOWER to 70660 from your phone and give £3 today towards Empowering Communities.

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Empowering India: Bradford charity expands international development work

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With one of the fastest growing economies in the world, a population of over 1.2 billion, 29 states and an unparalleled history, India really can be looked upon as a gem of Asia.

However, there is a darker side of the giant nation and it is this phenomenon which we do not see as much of.

Where you have the colourful dance sequences of Bollywood movies, many people overlook the huge levels of poverty which plagues the country.

With over 270 million people living in abject poverty, more than one in five people have to struggle to even find their next meal.

When a nation has such a huge problem with poverty, millions living in slums and the ease of operation for begging gangs, child prostitution and the criminal world running rampant, then the problem is significant enough to require as much help as possible.

Empowering Communities has embarked upon its next project in India to try and start making inroads to tackling and eradicating this problem.

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When a man has no means of feeding himself and relies upon begging for food, it is not in fact a plate of food he needs, but a sustainable income from a job.

When a child has calluses on their hands from fixing car engines, they don’t need a tip of a few extra pence but rather they should be in school, getting an education so that they can grow up to earn a living in a stable and well-paid job.

The disabled and elderly should not be forced to rely on the mercy of strangers passing by for the mere purpose of medication or the very basic necessities to get by.

This is where the purpose of Empowering Commun-ities takes effect. Having already established a base and making a huge difference in Pakistan, they have now decided to expand operations into India. At just over one-year-old, this organisation is moving quickly to achieve their goal of eradicating poverty one step at a time.

Now with their new shelter under construction in Jalandhar, India, Empowering Communities will be providing shelter, jobs, skills training and medical care to the poorest people in the area allowing them to receive the support required to take control of their lives and start working on building a better future for themselves and their families.

Empowering Communities aims to remove the shackles of poverty from as many families as possible so they too can work towards a better future for themselves and their future generations and break free from the hand-to-mouth cycle they’ve been living on their whole lives.

Children should be at school getting an education, adults should be working jobs which are not back-breaking slavery but rather a wage they can live on and raise a family with. The disabled and elderly should receive care and support to assist them through life during the years they aren’t able to do so for themselves.

Empowering Communities are always looking for help towards this cause and you too can help by either volunteering or making a donation.

You can call the office on 01274 502 750 or email at info@empoweringcommunities.org to offer your help or setup a direct debit. Alternatively, text EMPOWER to 70660 from your mobile phone to give £3 today.

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Empowering Communities: Founded in Bradford, working across the world

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CLIMB: Fundraisers for Empowering Communities will scale Wales’ highest peak next month and you are invited to join them

CLIMB: Fundraisers for Empowering Communities will scale Wales’ highest peak next month and you are invited to join them

Currently operating from a small office on Great Horton Road           in Bradford, Empowering Communities was setup by a group of friends last year with one aim in mind - to make a lasting difference in the lives of the needy so that one day they may help others.

With that ambition in mind, friends, relatives and family members have all come together to help drive this dream forward.

It takes vision, drive and determination to take on a task as monumental as this. Poverty affects billions of people across the globe and money has been going towards it for years, so what's so different with Team EC?

Well, they believe that the problem is not about people not trying to help, but not helping in the right way.

If instead of giving a man and his children a handout of free food every day we got him a job, he'd be able to work and buy that food himself, eliminating his dependency on charity.

That's the aim but only a small part of what Empowering Communities are achieving.

In order to achieve these lofty goals, money has to be raised. So day in and day out you'll see different volunteers doing their little bit to help raise money for this unbelievable cause.

empowering communities snowden (409x307)You might see them standing on the streets in their blue and white t-shirts, braving the cold, wind and rain holding buckets asking for your donations.

Sometimes they even get help from your favourite cartoon characters. You might even see a few of their volunteers running in and out of shops.

That's because Empowering Communities has the most charity collection boxes of any charity in the country. With 20,000 boxes from Dundee to Brighton, it's their main source of fundraising.

Whether it's collecting a box from a shop or holding a bucket in the street, the fact is that money needs to be raised in order to continue the work that this amazing group of people have done, and hopefully help empower even more people.

Today there a thousands of people touched by their progress. Women who had no hope, children who were looking at a lifetime of slavery and even the ill and elderly who had accepted their fate of painful, lonely and humiliating years leading to their death.

All of these people and more have been helped by the fantastic volunteers that have helped bring a dream to life.

However this is only the beginning of the journey, not the end. Empowering Communities are looking for many more people with huge hearts of gold to help them continue their mission. We had a chance to catch up with Azeem Yasin, from Empowering Communities, for a quick few words.

“I'm nothing special, I'm a regular guy with a wife and kids but sometimes you think that, I've got kids and I love em to death....but what if they couldn't go to school or had to work on the street polishing shoes or fixing wheels because that was the only way they could get a square meal?” he said.

“That would rip me apart. So why shouldn't I try to help those children who are in that position? So if that means standing with a bucket, running in and out shops or climbing Mt Snowdon, I'll do it.

“At least then I know that I'm trying to help someone and make a difference in the world.”

This month fundraisers from Team EC will be trekking up Wales' highest peak, Mt Snowdon, to raise money for the refugee shelter that they've begun work on in Pakistan.

You can help too by signing up to climb Mt Snowdon on 10th October with only £100 sponsorship required. Transport will be provided and everybody will be leaving at 7am and ready to conquer this mountain for charity.

Of course not everybody can climb a mountain but that doesn't mean people don't want to help.

Alternatively, you can text EMPOWER to 70660 to give £3 or go online at www.empoweringcommunities.org or even call the office at 01274 502 750 to make a different donation or even set up a direct debit.

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