When considering a new project, Green Empowerment first determines if there is a strong technical Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) involved and if the community is organized, prepared and committed to the project. It is important that our values are compatible with one another. We proceed carefully at this stage of our relationship so that time and resources are valued and used effectively. We work to establish long-term relationships based on mutual respect and take our commitments very seriously.
Dialogue is a crucial part of our development model. We strive for clear, open and honest communication. We want our partners to understand exactly what we can and cannot do and we want to fully comprehend the needs and aspirations of those with whom we work. We take the time necessary to learn about potential partners, their abilities, values and track record and encourage them to make a similar evaluation of Green Empowerment.
We believe in raising the technical and organizational capacity of our NGO partners so that they are self-sufficient and capable of replicating water and energy projects. Likewise, we have confidence in the community’s ability to create, manage and possess their own renewable energy systems. We believe that fresh water and electricity from renewable resources are two essential tools for a community to uplift themselves from poverty and restore social justice.
Our working model is not an abstraction. It is a concrete manifestation of our core values--social justice, local leadership and sustainability--developed over more than a decade of experience.