Where we work
Empower a Child works in East Africa and currently has two operational offices: one in Kenya and the other Uganda.
Uganda is located in the Eastern part of Africa and is the 3rd largest among the 5 East African countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The country has a history of suffering which can be attributed to the endless wars and AIDS that have led to rampant poverty throughout the country.
In Uganda the Empower a Child ministry schedule is split into alternate weeks. The first week the team is involved in outreach visiting schools and projects across the area of Kampala (the capital city). The second week has a specific focus with the rural community of Zirobwe, where Empower a Child is building a school and training centre for the young people. When in Zirobwe volunteers may be involved in home visits, contributing to the build and maintenance of the training centre, running Sunday School and enjoying fellowship with the children of the village.
The Republic of Kenya is a country in the eastern continent of Africa surrounded by Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. In 2007, the country’s economy registered a 6.4 percent growth, a very encouraging statistic. That wealth does not trickle down to the majority of the country, where 58 percent of the population lives on less than two U.S. dollars a day (Human Rights Watch 2008).
In Kenya the ministry schedule focuses primarily in the slums of Nairobi. The team is involved in outreach and teaching in primary schools and street kids homes, babies homes, sports outreach and home visits within the slums. There are opportunities for village missions in Kenya during certain times of the year.