EWL is committed to working with local women leaders to encourage and assist them to address and focus on issues affecting women and girls. Where feasible EWL will support these local women leaders to form and develop their own non-profit organizations in an effort to create transformative institutions for enduring change. Where non-profits do not exist, EWL will engage directly with local women leaders and related community organizations.
EWL is committed to provide targeted funding and operational support for specific projects operated by existing or emerging non-profits, local women leaders and community organizations, consistent with EWL purposes. EWL will seek grants, from US based philanthropic organizations, to fund these specific projects providing best practices accountability and oversight back to the donors while at the same time providing training, education and leadership to local women leaders sponsoring these projects. EWL seeks sustainability of these organizations beyond individual projects. EWL believes this will to contribute to the development of local institutions and infrastructure to support the long-term restoration and improvement of post-conflict Liberian society.
Funding, as referenced above, will be administered for full transparency, accountability and tracked when designated for projects identified and performed by local Liberian non-profits or community organizations. Only projects that are consistent with EWL purposes will be green lighted. Any incurred EWL administrative costs will also be transparent and tracked for full accountability.
Operational support, as referenced above, may require extended in-country visits. This is to ensure accountability and provide space for training local women leaders. Training is focused on not only specific skill sets but also in transferring enabling and empowering practices, consistent with sustainability and long-term growth. It is anticipated that some trips may require long term stays in one location.
EWL provides women leaders business skills training, life and spiritual coaching and marital and spiritual counseling through seminars, clinics and conferences. EWL is led by Shelly Timbol, Executive Director and President and assisted by her husband, Tony Timbol. An experienced board of directors, including individuals who have served in Africa, provides leadership and guidance. In addition, EWL has formed a Liberian Advisory Board, consisting of local Liberian leaders, to provide on-the-ground connection to define needs and services.
Empower Women Leaders is registered in the State of Florida as a Non-Profit Corporation. EWL’s status as a 501c(3) charitable organization with the United States Internal Revenue Service is pending.