Empowering the Poor (ETP) is a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving poor communities locally and around the world.
Our mission is to empower poor communities to self-reliance through education and health programs in the United States and around the world.
We seek to engage in local and global poverty alleviation efforts, empowering the poor to self-reliance with dignity from Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States, to Tonhon, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa. Using a bottom to top paradigm, we work directly with the poor by teaching them how to fish for the rest of their lives versus feeding them for one day, empowering them to become self-reliant versus perpetuating dependence through handouts.
These are the values that guide us as we work toward our mission and vision.
Service: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) staff, volunteers, and interns are first and foremost servants, who are dedicated to serving the very poor to lead sustainable lives.
Professionalism: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) expects passion, commitment, compassion, innovation, and excellence. ETP is also committed to providing a collaborative and caring work environment for its staff, volunteers, interns, and partners.
Accountability: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) is committed to responsibility and accountability at all levels, including to and from the poor communities we serve.
Respect: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) respects and seeks to maintain the cultural identity of the communities we serve. We tailor our projects and programs to their customs and traditions. Similarly, ETP values and respect the cultures, religions, ideas, and opinions of its Board of Directors, advisors, staff, partners, volunteers, and interns.
Stewardship: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) is committed to being an effective steward of its donors' resources, applying these resources in ways that will achieve maximum impact.
Partnership: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) values and strives to develop strong partnerships and collaborations with the private and public sectors, faith-based communities, international institutions, NGO's, and governmental entities.
Leadership: Empowering the Poor, Inc. (ETP) is committed to enhancing the leadership skills of the local populations we serve, with a focus on women and youth. Similarly, ETP will develop the skills of its Board, staff, volunteers, and interns through training and professional development opportunities.