What makes Empower African Children unique? There is nothing basic about our students or our services.

Our goal is to prepare every student for a lifetime of influence. Influence of positive change that will spread through their community, nation, and world.  Influence based on the belief that, through access to a quality education, together we can break the cycle of poverty. We make long-term, deeply rooted commitments to each student to help them realize their unique promise and elevate them to the next level.

Simply put, we invest in our students so that they can invest in others. This ripple-effect builds momentum and has the potential to change the trajectory of not only their life, but also the lives of those around them.

Stories of Influence

Betty Nakato

Empower U.S. Scholarship student

(story taken from John Crawford article in Babson Magazine)

When her parents passed away, Elizabeth Nakato thinks she was in third grade. The details are sketchy. To this day, she’s not sure how they died.

Nakato may have had a difficult childhood in a country, Uganda, with a turbulent history, but she doesn’t want to be burdened by her past. “It is what it is,” she says. “It’s a part of who I am, but it does not define me. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me.”

Nakato volunteers with Empower African Children, a nonprofit that supports Ugandan children in need. Empower is close to Nakato’s heart. In the trying times that followed her parents’ passing, the organization was there for her. Among other support, it gave her scholarships to a Ugandan boarding school and then to an American community college, an experience that ultimately led her to Babson.

Nakato is grateful for all that Empower has done. She intends to help the organization any way she can for the rest of her life. “They’re the reason I’ve come so far,” Nakato says. She speaks on behalf of Empower to various groups and, in Uganda, serves as a guide for volunteers working with the nonprofit. For years she danced and sang with Empower’s touring company, Spirit of Uganda, which performs throughout North America to bring attention to the plight of Uganda’s more than 2 million orphans. Earlier this year, she helped bring the Spirit of Uganda to Babson’s campus.

Nakato eventually plans to move back to Uganda. She wants to start a cosmetics company that uses natural products and employs women from the villages. She also hopes to work in real estate and help move the country’s marginalized people into affordable housing. “They need me back home,” she says.


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