We’ve seen the impact of our support ripple through families, communities, and the nation.
Empower African Children was founded in September of 2006 by Founders, Alexis Hefley and Donna Malouf. Alexis aspired to make a deeper investment in orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa and enable them to change their own lives and achieve their full potential. Alexis was well-positioned to address the growing needs of orphaned and vulnerable children from her 15 years of experience working on behalf of children orphaned by AIDS. Her vision was to move beyond programming that simply provided for students’ basic needs to a model that provided a deeper investment in children. This shift was designed to empower students to change their own lives and the communities in which they live with support from a group of compassionate individuals.
From 2007 through 2014, Empower presented Spirit of Uganda, a professional, critically recognized and publicly acclaimed dance company that performed at leading performing arts centers around the USA. The company was comprised of Empower's scholarship students. Through their performances, educational activities and community exchanges, these goodwill ambassadors shared their stories, promote East African culture and raise awareness to help ensure that they and their peers are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in their communities.
Another successful initiative we celebrate includes our U.S. Scholarship program which made it possible for a few of our exceptional students to deepen their education at leading colleges and universities in the Unites States. Over the past four years, Empower students have graduated from these universities in the U.S.- Pepperdine University, Babson College, University of the Incarnate Word, and Sante Fe University of Art and Design.