Africa Regional Africa
Partner:The UMC, North Carolina Annual Conference
Describe the need affecting the community.
There are well over 100 million orphans and vulnerable children in the countries where ZOE serves, living and dying in extreme poverty. These children are often socially and spiritually dislocated leading to sexual, and labor exploitation, disease, starvation and death. Communities are often overwhelmed by the problem of orphans who are begging for food and/or work, sometimes they steal to survive, and who are often dirty and sick. This humanitarian crises is well documented.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
ZOE's three year empowerment program assisting children to move from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency. After graduating from ZOE's three year empowerment program, a child will have moved to sustainable self sufficiency, able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and social support for themselves and their siblings. Know God's love, and have hope for the future in their own community. ZOE's empowerment program for orphans and vulnerable children is comprehensive, addressing the many challenges that keep them in poverty. In so doing, ZOE empowerment program helps children to address the root cause of their poverty and overcome them.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
ZOE seeks to realize a glimpse of God's reign on earth through empowering the most vulnerable of God's children physically, psychologically, and spiritually. After three years, children in ZOE program are self-sufficient on an upward trajectory financially, socially, and understand God's love for them. We have now been able to observe ZOE groups which have been graduated up to 7 years, and in almost every case, the groups continue meeting together and supporting one another to continue realizing their dreams. Additionally, as soon as these children begin to stabilize their own lives, we see them bringing other orphans into their groups and replicating their own empowerment with other.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
Self-sustainability is our measure of success. A University of Texas study of our program in Kenya determined that as children finish the three year program, 85% are self-sufficient. Each ZOE groups keeps careful records of tangible accomplishments such as number of children enrolled in school, business investments, and returns, vocational training completed, and a variety of other measurable results. Other results which are harder to measure such as dignity, hope, and faith development, can be observed.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
Empowerment Program Grants