Welcome to EdPowerment
While visitors challenge themselves on Mt. Kilimanjaro, many who live under its gaze face a very different kind of climb every day. Individuals born into poverty beneath the majestic mountain struggle to access education that can take them from meager subsistence to economic security - the ability to cover essential needs of food, shelter, hygiene, clothing and health care.
Anchored in Moshi, Tanzania, EdPowerment provides transformative educational support and programs that help otherwise discarded individuals to advance in the educational system, workplace and society in order to achieve secure, fulfilling lives.
EdPowerment is a powerful way for those who know first-hand the impact of education to share these benefits with the least fortunate. Our U.S. Board has worked on the ground in Tanzania for over a decade through multiple visits each year and extended stays. The resulting insight produces uncommon results: young people, otherwise unable to conceive of a future, are becoming professionals and skilled workers, while some of the poorest community members have changed their prospects through our interventions.
Our Work Today
HIGHER-EDUCATION SPONSORSHIPS: EdPowerment continues hands-on oversight of higher-education sponsorships (currently 20). These represent a cross-section of college and university programs intended to give each student the best chance at a self-supporting life. To boost each participant's opportunities, we provide all with skills coaching that includes computer and internet training, job-search and interview strategies, assistance with CV writing and applications and other essentials. Learn more.
WOMEN'S SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE in the SIHA district outside of Moshi: We mentor and provide seed monies for two groups of motivated women, seeking to earn income for food and basics for their families. Fighting cultural limitations, these brave women seek a way to provide some stability for their families - starting with a project to make and market liquid and bar soap. Learn more.
STUDY SKILLS AND TEACHING STRATEGIES SUPPORT: EdPowerment works closely with two remote, poorly performing and minimally resourced government secondary schools. These interventions can be the agent that changes student attitudes, expectations and performance. By demonstrating practical, REAL ways for these disregarded students to learn better, we enable them to envision - and take steps to achieve a future beyond the cycle of poverty.
SATURDAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS turn an otherwise unproductive morning into a different learning experience that combines life and entrepreneurial lessons with sports, games and breakfast. This is also the launch pad for our Wings for Confident Women feminine supplies project. Learn more.
MALNUTRITION PREVENTION PROGRAM: EdPowerment has formalized its food relief intervention begun in 2022. Coordinating with local educational and social service authorities, we now feed students and families where extreme hunger exists in the villages we serve . Learn more.
A personalized, holistic approach, coupled with deliberate financial management, underpin all our work. We strive to build relationships, networks and culturally-aware processes that can best produce successful outcomes.
Since 2010, EdPowerment has partnered with local organizations, non-profits and secondary schools to enable the life-changing benefits of education:
Higher-Education Sponsorships (Ongoing)
We have provided 80 higher education sponsorships that have transformed neglected teenagers into independent adults. Today, 20 of these students continue to reach for independent, productive lives in colleges and universities. See Impact Data
Kilimahewa Educational Center (KIWOCE Open School): From 2010 - 2021, we funded this learning oasis that provided low-cost, high quality secondary equivalency programs, skills courses, and other motivational experiences and resources for hundreds of students. See Support and Impact Data
Connects Autism Tanzania: Our guidance and support of from 2010 – 2020 opened doors for societal acceptance and educational inclusion of those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. See Support and Impact Data