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ZOE: Helping Children Help Themselves

ZOE: Helping Children Help Themselves

Advance #982023

#982023 - Empowering vulnerable children to overcome poverty through a three-year empowerment program

Annual Goal:$750,000.00
Location: 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.

ZOE wants the children to become an asset to their community as opposed to a problem. After completing ZOE's program we would like to see the community view these young people as leaders both spiritually, socially and economically. We would like the community to view these children as the future of the village.

Budget and Financial Information


Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support


Empowerment Program Grants
US staff
Administrative Expense
Program Supervision

Project Contact

Gaston Warner
(800) 951-0234

Global Ministries Contact

Kathleen T. Griffith
(404) 460-7483