ZOE is a three-year program that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome poverty and become entirely self-reliant. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India, ZOE has nearly 28,000 children currently enrolled. ZOE’s unique approach to empowerment is as follows:
ZOE employs all indigenous staff to implement the program in each country. Children work with a supportive team that speaks their language, understand their culture, and know their community.
ZOE seeks to address all the issues that hold children in poverty, often simultaneously. First, children become connected in supportive working groups with 60-80 members. Then, through training in business and financial management, agriculture, disease prevention, child rights, and other essential life skills, ZOE ensures that these children have a strong foundation on which to build their new life. ZOE also shares the good news of God’s love and connects children with their local church to allow them to grow in their faith. Finally, ZOE provides orphans with micro-grants as well as other resources such as seeds and tools, enabling them to start small businesses that grow and thrive.
Through ZOE, children take the lead in their journey out of poverty. First, ZOE helps children articulate their dream for a better life. Then, ZOE empowers them to set and achieve the goals that will enable their ideas to come true. Children make their own decisions and then ZOE, the staff, the community, and their adult mentor, support them in building a better life.
You can learn more about ZOE by visiting https://zoeempowers.org.