Advance # 982023
Empowering vulnerable children to overcome poverty through a three-year empowerment program
Background / History
ZOE originally started in 2004 as a relief ministry in Zimbabwe. Since then, ZOE has transformed its outreach to orphans and vulnerable children to a group-based three-year empowerment program that provides the resources and skills children need to overcome poverty. Since 2007, over 30,000 orphans and vulnerable children have transformed their lives through the ZOE program. After graduation, these supportive groups continue to work together, often empowering additional orphans and passing along the skills, knowledge, and resources they have received to others.
Goals & Objectives
ZOE's three-year empowerment program seeks to help vulnerable children:
1. Be Secure
ZOE's social workers ensure children know about their rights, are free from abuse and exploitation, and can find a safe place to live. Children learn skills such as farming and animal husbandry at monthly meetings. Then, ZOE provides them tools, seeds and farm animals so they can grow and raise their own food. When children need a home, ZOE provides the necessary materials and their peer working group assists in construction.
For ZOE to offer its life-changing program to as many vulnerable children as possible, we must effectively raise funds and connect donors in meaningful ways to the orphans in Africa.
We have a number of ways for churches and individuals to connect with ZOE.
Hope Companion Partnership: Experience a different kind of mission and become a Hope Companion with a group of vulnerable children through their three-year journey from poverty to a transformed life of hope and self-reliance. This three-year financial commitment by individuals, groups or churches builds a true partnership by receiving regular progress updates via a personalized blog and traveling to visit the children in-country.
(a) The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be presented in a holistic manner.
(b) Hunger needs addressed.
(c) Education enhanced through scholarships, clothing, school supplies, and feeding.
(d) Improved health and medical capacity. We will continue to sponsor short-term medical teams for primary cares. The head of our medical emphasis is working on development of an equipment recycling project in the Wimington, NC area for the purpose of sending large shipments of hospital supplies to Methodist hospitals. Additionally, Dr. Winneberger is working with Maua Methodist Hospital to begin bringing in specialists for surgery, etc.
(a) Our empowerment (Giving Hope) methodology includes in its monthly report what has been done to nuture the orphans spiritually.
We also offer occasional youth/children's camps where the Gospel is presented.
(b) Continued provision of food to our partners.
(c) Continued provision of school fees, clothing, supplies.
(d) In addition to our primary care teams, we anticipate at least one large shipment of medical supplies as well as sending our first surgeons to work in Maua Methodist Hospital.
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Empowerment costs, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe
|In Kind/Medical Shipments
|International Mission Travel
- Africa Regional
- Agriculture Education, Farming, Gardening, Environment Education
- Agriculture/Farming, Food Production/Processing, Environment/Sustainable Development
- Animals: Husbandry, Livestock, Poultry, Fish/Pisciculture, Hatcheries
- Black/African Descent
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Housing, Transitional Housing, Shelter, Sanctuary, Rent
- Housing-related buildings, Orphanages, Retirement/Senior Homes
- Materials or Land for Agriculture or Food Production
- Materials, Resources, and Supplies for Development
- Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Rural Populations
- Street Children
- Teenage Mothers
- Water, Sanitation, Infrastructure, Wells/Boreholes, Electricity, Waste Management/Latrines
- Youth and Young Adults