EMPOWER ASIA has had a very strong emphasis on empowering local indigenous leaders of good reputation and standing within their communities to "own" the various projects. This is why we have expanded so effectively. These quality local leaders have real power to make real decisions about how their work can be both maintained in quality and expanded in quantity.
EMPOWER ASIA is not dependent on western personnel. We do not necessarily think that the western way is the best way. With all due care, we believe that consultation, working together in partnership and esteeming one another will bring about desired positive results for the communities that we work amongst.
Our aim has been to build and maintain a network of indigenous operated Christian leadership development homes for impoverished teenagers so that in time, these educated young people will move out as adults to become change-agents within their own communities.
Day 1 of a new life. These Wa tribal boys (pictured above), from a lawless region within the Shan State arrive en masse at our house back in 2014
The indigenous house parents consider that the children in the homes are their children. These homes could often take in more children but we work to develop a family environment rather than the feeling of living in an institution.
At present we have projects in Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Kolkata (India) and Bhutan. These projects are not simply social work in nature. Our aim has been to build and maintain a network of indigenous operated leadership development homes for impoverished teenagers so that in time these discipled and educated young people will move out as adults to become Christian change-agents within their own communities.
The young people living in the homes are normally aged between 13 – 20 years. Additionally, we are in close contact with many of our graduates who now no longer live in our homes and who instead are either attending theological studies, university, polytechnic or, who have now completed their tertiary studies.
OUR CLIENT GROUP:
We work with young people from a broad range of religious and cultural backgrounds. Most of our children come from difficult and somewhat dysfunctional family backgrounds. A number have been neglected, orphaned or even abandoned. Over our six countries of operation we can clearly see that girls are seriously at-risk (through no fault of their own) of entering the sex industry, slave labour or other forms of exploitation and unsafe employment.
We have specialised in selecting children from people groups that have historically been resistant to the gospel and who have received little attention from other organisations or charities.
EMPOWER ASIA, Box 2334, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND firstname.lastname@example.org