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The Starfish Parable

A man goes out on the beach and sees that it is covered with starfish that have washed up in the tide. A little boy is walking along, picking them up and throwing them back into the water. “What are you doing, son?” the man asks. “You see how many starfish there are? You’ll never make a difference”. The boy paused thoughtfully, and picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean. “It sure made a difference to that one” he said.

 

About Empower

Empower International is a not-for-profit, fair trade organisation…
• We are all about “empowering the privileged to empower the poor”.
• We believe in the priceless value of every person.
• We oppose the many injustices of extreme poverty, particularly human trafficking and sexual slavery.
• We believe every person should know and experience dignity, honour and respect.

 

Our Shop

Empower International has a retail outlet at 188 Main Street, Bairnsdale (next to Amcal Chemist). Our shop is not-for-profit and fair trade. All our products have been carefully selected by us from small businesses offering training and employment to people needing an answer to poverty and injustice.

 

You can donate funds now. One hundred percent of your donated money will be used for Empower International projects. Your donation will help secure the future for people vulnerable to injustices caused by poverty.
You can help to…
• Provide suitable housing for those in need.
• Fund a child’s education.
• Give a girl or woman skills training for business.
• Set up a girl or woman in her own small business.

 

Some of our products

Farandole

Farandole

  Artis Altai, located in Mongolia in the heart of the Gobi Desert, is an artisan’s workshop that provides employment opportunities for women who have little or no income. Artis A...

$ 25.00

Braided Leather Wristband

Braided Leather Wristband

This Mongolian Leather Wristband has been designed and hand crafted by young women who have begun a new and safe life having escaped the horrors of human trafficking.   Each ...

$ 12.00

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers

These flowers are hand created by the women who have established a business known as "Rainbow Tree".  "Rainbow Tree" is a small group of women affected by HIV-AIDS, working to...

$ 3.50

Farmhouse

Farmhouse

  Your purchase of this Freeset bag helps continue a journey of freedom. In Kolkata, thousands of women are trapped in prostitution, forced there by poverty. The Freeset women hav...

$ 25.00

Brass Bangle - flower pattern

Brass Bangle - flower pattern

  This bangle has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in Cambodia, mentored and supported by Rajana.  Rajana is an organisation giving young, underprivileged Cambodian p...

$ 65.00

Lisu Embroidered Bag - Lge

Lisu Embroidered Bag - Lge

This magnificent bag is hand made by the women of a Lisu Hill Tribe village located in an isolated area of northern Thailand.  These women have been vulnerable to exploitation...

$ 48.50

Tea Pot

Tea Pot

  These ceramic products have been hand crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business established and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helpin...

$ 25.00

Cup and Saucer

Cup and Saucer

  These ceramic products have been hand crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business established and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helpin...

$ 10.00

Angel Decoration

Angel Decoration

  This Angel decoration was designed and hand crafted by the women of Bright Solutions in Vietnam. Bright Solutions is an innovative, small business providing employment and trai...

$ 12.00

AmdoCraft Apron

AmdoCraft Apron

  AmdoCraft is dedicated to training and equipping Tibetan nomads in the use of familiar resources and traditional artisan skills for small business. The nomads use yak and s...

$ 28.00

Amaralt Necklace

Amaralt Necklace

  Artis Altai, located in Mongolia in the heart of the Gobi Desert, is an artisan's workshop that provides employment opportunities for women who have little or no income.  Artis ...

$ 18.00

Ocean

Ocean

  Artis Altai, located in Mongolia in the heart of the Gobi Desert, is an artisan’s workshop that provides employment opportunities for women who have little or no income. Ar...

$ 28.00