Contact Us - +61 3 95347452  -  Shop 3, 112 Acland Street, St Kilda

About Empower

We are a not for profit, fair trade charity. We exist to combat human trafficking – simple as that. We do this in a few different ways:
• by purchasing hand made products at fair trade prices to provide sustainable income for vulnerable women.
• by partnering with producer groups to help provide appropriate work facilities and training.
• by supporting vulnerable children to prevent human trafficking.

 

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.

 

Our Values

• We believe that everyone is important and should be treated with dignity and respect.
• We oppose the many injustices of extreme poverty, particularly human trafficking and sexual slavery.
• We seek to encourage awareness, compassion and a strategic response to make generational change for people living in poverty….one life at a time.
• We support carefully selected organisations of integrity, working especially to empower girls physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially.
• We believe that rescue is necessary, but prevention is ideal.
• We believe it is crucial that all children attend school.
• We are about “empowering the privileged to empower the poor”.

 

Donate

The Fasai Home, Thailand (Clear Skies House) provides vulnerable children with safety, education, housing, family support and child sponsorship within a culturally relevant and nurturing environment.

Your donation carries the power to achieve a secure future for these children and their families.

Empower International is a partner for project J974N Fasai Home Upgrade, Thailand with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). Your donation of $2 or more is tax deductible within Australia.

 

Animals Book

Animals Book

This interactive book was designed and hand crafted by the women of Bright Solutions in Vietnam. Bright Solutions is an innovative, small business providing employment and training...

$ 48.00

Phone Bag

Phone Bag

This practical and functional phone bag was designed and made by artisans of ThaiVillage.  ThaiVillage supports young artisans and tribal people groups threatened with exploit...

$ 14.95

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

Lisu Shoulder Bag

Lisu Shoulder Bag

These magnificent, colourful and functional shoulder bags are hand made by the women of a Lisu Hill Tribe village located in an isolated area of northern Thailand.  ...

$ 36.00

Bird Decoration

Bird Decoration

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. &nbs...

$ 6.80

Berry Treat

Berry Treat

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. &n...

$ 24.00

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

Sugar Bowl and Creamer

Sugar Bowl and Creamer

  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 h...

$ 10.00

Speak Up Keyring

Speak Up Keyring

This keyring, featuring the Eden 'Speak Up' pendant has handcrafted for you by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives...

$ 12.00

Speak Up Pendant

Speak Up Pendant

This 'Speak Up' pendant has been handcrafted for you by the women at Eden Ministries Jewellery.  These women have been rescued from lives of sexual exploitation and human...

$ 26.00

Christmas Cards- set of 10

Christmas Cards- set of 10

Each one on these beautiful and quality cards is totally hand made at a little workshop called, Rainbow Tree.  Rainbow Tree is a small group of people affected by HIV/AIDS wor...

$ 45.00

Rabbit Family in a Carrot

Rabbit Family in a Carrot

This product is carefully and artfully produced by the women of a Tai Song Dum village in central Thailand. The people of this village are a minority ethnic group, originally from ...

$ 36.00