Empowerment is opportunity in action. Freedom in motion. The awareness to see how things are and the capacity to create how things should be. It is hope galvanized into belief—the belief that a person can change their own life, that each of us contains all that is necessary for success: capability, intelligence, creativity, and will.
By empowering people and communities with education, support, and resources, development organizations allow them to chart their own course for change. With feelings of ownership, investment, and empowerment, communities have the capacity to decide what is best for them and work towards it, even if it means challenging cultural structures they've lived within for years.