About Us

MEET ROSALIE GIFFONIELLO

Rosalie’s experience as a volunteer at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Kolkata during the summer of 1999 served as a catalyst to transform her life.  Recognizing the children’s potential, she immediately took an early retirement from teaching and returned to continue the work she started.

In 2001 Rosalie and Janet Grosshandler co-founded Empower The Children (ETC), a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children who live in the slums. Starting with a rooftop school, ETC has expanded its programs to include:

  • Preschools: Atmaraksha, Nehru Colony, Nevidita, Pally Unnayan SSK
  • Non-formal Schools: Praroyna 2, Praroyna 3, Khamargachi Tribal School
  • Tutorial centers: Dankuni 1, 2, and 3
  • Special education programs: Praroyna 3, Duttapukar, Prabartak Home
  • Vocational training programs: Praroyna 1, Khamargachi Vocational Center
  • College Fund
  • Nutritious lunches five days a week

Through Rosalie’s compassionate efforts, her life-changing journey has empowered thousands of children to meet their full potential.

You can help Rosalie: 

  • Make a donation (US tax-deductible)
  • Volunteer in Kolkata
  • Organize fundraising events – wherever you are
  • Tell your friends about Empower The Children’s important work

ETC is a US non-profit 501© 3 with 94% of donations spent directly on the children.

Only 6% is used for administrative costs.