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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

Falling Rain Necklace

Falling Rain Necklace

This beautiful necklace has been handcrafted by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ...

$ 32.00

Applique Bauble

Applique Bauble

These magnificent baubles were made by two of the groups we partner with.  Firstly, the paper maché ball is made by Rainbow Tree using recycled paper and then the stitc...

$ 24.00

Red Roses Candle

Red Roses Candle

  These candles are beautifully hand-crafted by village artisans in Northern Thailand. This is a small business assisted and mentored by Y-Development with the aim of helping...

$ 5.00

Tree Earrings

Tree Earrings

These gorgeous Christmas tree styled earrings are designed and hand crafted by young women who have begun a new and safe life having escaped the horrors of human trafficking.  ...

$ 12.50

Parakeet Felt Necklace

Parakeet Felt 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.  Arti...

$ 24.00

Leaf Pendant

Leaf Pendant

This pendant has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in Cambodia, mentored and supported by Rajana.  Rajana is an organisation giving young, vulnerable Cambodian people the op...

$ 36.50

Angel Garland

Angel Garland

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

$ 24.00

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

Fly To Freedom Earrings

Fly To Freedom Earrings

These unique earrings have been handcrafted by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives of sexual exploitation and human tra...

$ 18.00

Lao Silk Scarf

Lao Silk Scarf

This silk scarf was hand-loomed by the artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans and tribal people groups threatened with exploitation in Northern Tha...

$ 52.00

Felt Nomad Mobile

Felt Nomad Mobile

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.  Arti...

$ 28.00

Ploy's Nativity Set

Ploy's Nativity Set

This delightful Nativity was designed and skillfully hand made by artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans and tribal people groups threate...

$ 82.00