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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress”. James 1:27

Man was created to live in community with his fellow man.  For communities to thrive and for individuals to ultimately achieve their purpose in life, it is essential that we embrace and make foundational to our lives certain values particularly as they concern the regard for and treatment of our fellow human beings.  EMPOWER Development espouses the following as our core values.

Our values underpin the foundation of who we are and how our organization is run.  They inform how we view those with whom we interact and are consistently applied across all EMPOWER’s activities and projects.


"Love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:9

Empathy describes the ability to be aware of, identify with, be sensitive to and have compassion toward another.  Full human existence dictates that we not be concerned merely with our own well-being.  We must have a passionate desire to see our fellow human beings have an opportunity to achieve their life potential – for their sakes as well as the sakes of our children and our communities.


“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27

EMPOWER believes that all men have intrinsic dignity regardless of race, creed, gender, social status or financial standing.  This dignity is actualized and manifest when human beings are enabled and empowered to fulfill their potential.  This is the objective of EMPOWER projects.


“If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “here's a good seat for you”’ but say to the poor man "you stand there" or "sit on the floor by my feet" have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2: 3,4

All of EMPOWER's interactions are characterised by a deep recognition of each person's dignity. We believe that treating people with respect helps to foster self-respect and the belief that they can achieve their goals.


"Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low..." Isaiah. 40:4

EMPOWER, in all initiatives, works to ensure that individuals and communities are allowed the opportunity to access and benefit from both the tangible and intangible wealth and resources of the earth – thereby redressing the status quo that the majority of the earth’s wealth, benefits, and resources are only owned or accessed by a small minority.


“But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.” Psalsms 9:18

EMPOWER wants to be a light of hope to those who have been forgotten.  Our goal is to raise within individuals and communities an expectation that their lives can indeed change for the better.


"There are many parts, but one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”  1 Corinthians 12:20-22

Collaboration is the operational philosophy and imperative by which EMPOWER functions.  Everything is done recognising that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and that every part has something of value to contribute.  This allows information sharing, cross fertilization and a continuous improvement in project approach and implementation.


“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

EMPOWER welcomes scrutiny of the impact that its projects have on the lives of the direct beneficiaries as well as the wider community.  Furthermore, EMPOWER projects adhere to strict standards of governance and accountability.