EMPOWERING ACTION is a Fairfax County Virginia based 501©(3) non-profit organization that facilitates the transformation of impoverished communities across the globe by mobilizing expertise and resources to strengthen and expand local ministries serving in the name of Jesus Christ. By collaborating and coordinating with international and indigenous development organizations and institutions, Empowering Action is able, through its partners, to address the immediate and long-term needs of the poor.
Poverty is rampant among the 11 million of residents of The Dominican Republic, our Caribbean neighbour just hundred miles away and Empowering Action’s current operational focus. In 2013 The United Nations reported that 50% of those under the age of 18 live in abject poverty, struggling to get enough food, access to safe drinking water and adequate housing, and with only 30% of children finishing primary school and only 18% finishing secondary school on time. They struggle for the basic necessities, access to opportunities and to find purpose in life. Many have lost hope of ever having productive lives; with the results being broken homes, broken relationships and broken spirits.
However, there is hope. Empowering Action believes that the church in the Dominican Republic is not only called, but also uniquely positioned to alleviate poverty (Matt. 25:40). Empowering Action mobilizes expertise and resources to a network of over 1,000 Dominican churches to combat poverty and its crippling effects, and your participation in the Empowering Action 5K Race supports these life-changing initiatives.
For more information see the race website – www.ea5k.org