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Our mission is to empower poor communities to self-reliance through education, health, and microloan programs in the U.S and poor countries around the world.
Empowering The Poor's programs and projects are culturally tailored to the needs of the communities we serve.
In the U.S, we are serving economically deisadvantaged students in the Fredericksburg, Va area through our academic and leadership program entitled, I AM a 21st Century Leader Program. This program provides academic support in the form of after-school tutoring during the academic school calendar and summer academic enrichment opportunities to primarily lower-income students. We target students residing in the county of Spotsylvania and the City of Fredericksburg.
Our after-school program is unique to the extent we support parents to engage in their child's education, as we strongly believe that the academic success of a child is built and sustained by what happens in the student’s home and community as well as within the traditional public school classroom.
In Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, we are currently raising money to build, equip, and operate a comprehensive health center in the village of Tonhon to serve 6-10 surrounding villages, in which there are no health centers. Pregnant women in these villages are dying while delivering God's most precious gift, a baby. Children and infants are dying from malaria, diarrhea, cholera, and many other treatable and curable diseases. Roughly 95% of Infants in these villages do not receive the require immunization shots. We are currently raising funds to build, equip, and operate a health center that will provide primary health care, a maternity with a delivery room, a pharmacy, an anbulance, 2 health literacy classes to teach village basic preventative health measures, and a Christian chapel for prayer.
Empowering The Poor also povide literacy classes to a illiterate women and children in the impoverished neighborhood of Haoussabougou in Korhogo, Cote d'Ivoire. We seek to build The Haoussabougou Learning Resource Center that consists of 5 small literacy classes, a library with computers and books, 4 small quiet rooms for small group meeting, and 2 large conference rooms equipped with pojectors and screens. Unlike in the U.S cities and towns in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, do not have a public library. This center will serve this poor and illiterate neighborhood, but also the entire town.
- Darius Coulibaly
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