The Collective

380 million children living in extreme poverty will rely on charity forever.

$8 a month can change that.

A monthly gift of $8 over 3 years empowers one orphan out of poverty.

The Collective

380 million children living in extreme poverty will rely on charity forever.

$8 a month can change that.

A monthly gift of $8 over 3 years empowers one orphan out of poverty.

ZOE’s approach proves that self-reliance & freedom from extreme poverty are possible in only three years.

“The happiest day of my life was meeting the ZOE staff and my group because that is the day I began to become human again.”

– Consolee, ZOE Rwanda

Be part of lasting, sustainable change.

Collectively we can empower children to become the solution that breaks the cycle of poverty.

Collective Gifts

Your monthly gift will be pooled together with other monthly donors who will share the total cost to empower a group of 60-100 vulnerable children.

Collective Impact

Your monthly gift will be assigned to a specific group with impact reports documenting the progress of your group over the three-year program.

Collective Change

Empowered children begin adopting other orphans into their group, hiring others to work in their businesses, and giving back to their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my monthly gifts be invested in specific children or shared among their group?

A key factor to the success of the ZOE model is our group approach. Your monthly gift will be pooled together with other monthly donors who will share the total cost to empower a group of 60-100 vulnerable children. Your partnership will be assigned to a specific group of children but not a specific child. The impact reports you receive will document the progress of your group you are partnered with over the course of the three-year program.

Can I partner with an entire group on my own?

Absolutely! The best part about this option is that you are able to choose the country you want to impact. There are several ways to accomplish this goal. You can make a pledge to commit to fund a Full Partnership with an investment of $8,000 a year for three years, or you make a pledge toward a Half Partnership and we will identify someone to fund the other half. One other common way to partner with an entire group is to ask your friends and family to join your effort using our fundraising pages. This is a popular option for individuals, churches and any other group who wants to make a difference. It only takes 18 people giving $35 a month to reach your goal, but you can include as many people as needed to reach the total goal. It is simple to get started. You can make your pledge now, learn more about partnering with a full group or half group, or start your fundraising page today.

When will the group I help support begin the program?

When there are enough partners who have committed to a collective total of $675 a month, the country with the greatest need will be notified that funding is available. A new group will begin at the first opportunity according to that country’s annual cycle for starting new groups. Each country starts new groups twice each year based on the regional growing season which ensures the children’s most critical nutritional needs are met as quickly as possible. See an example of a group that has already been funded here.

What can I expect for updates and reports about my partnered group?

So that you may journey with your group as they complete the three year ZOE empowerment program we provide a series of reports and updates. The first report is the name list and group picture of your children sent about five months after the groups begin meeting. During the remainder of the three years, ZOE will provide two reports each year – a case study report specific to each working group and an annual summary report. The case study report examines the challenges and achievements of a child or family from the group (s) partnered with you. The annual report provides detailed information about the activities of all the groups in a specific class (i.e. the groups in a country that began meeting at the same time). And finally, after your group has graduated ZOE will provide a final report of their accomplishments.

Can I send my group gifts and letters?

We encourage you to visit your group in person over their three years in the program, and perhaps even after graduation. When you do so, we have ideas on our resources pages, of things you can bring and/or give to encourage your group. These must be items of no monetary value to preserve the empowerment program, and maintain equity between groups. ZOE avoids gifts of monetary value and sending letters directly to the groups. In our experience it is difficult to do these things without the risk of harming the empowerment relationship which makes the ZOE program so effective in moving children beyond charity.

When should I visit my group?

Please feel free to visit your group as you are able and as ZOE has space on trips. We do all we can to make sure every group partner has an opportunity to travel, and it is a great encouragement to your group for them to see you, thank you, and worship with you. You can also be a powerful voice telling others in your community what is being accomplished. You are welcome to visit the children in any year of the program.

How does ZOE encourage the growth of faith among participants?

ZOE is a religiously non-restrictive program. All orphans and vulnerable children are able to qualify for the program regardless of their beliefs. ZOE does not coerce children into saying they believe in certain way to fully participate in the program. However, ZOE is a Christian organization and we do not leave our faith behind us as we help children to help themselves. The children in ZOE’s program both see and hear the Christian message of God’s great love for them. This message is always an invitation and never a requirement for being a full and respected member of the group. As in every other aspect of the program, the young people are encouraged to make decisions for themselves. This is also why the program is so effective in children learning about God’s love. Because the young people make their own decisions, they also take responsibility to speak with one another, and with other members of the community about the Gospel. Groups often incorporate prayer, worship and faith sharing in wonderful, non-exclusive ways.

How do I change my recurring donation?

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to login to your account and update your recurring donation.

When does my commitment end?

Your monthly partnership with ZOE will continue monthly until you contact us and let us know you’d like to make a change to your gift amount, frequency, or partnership. When the group you help to support graduates in three years, you will receive their final graduation report and be assigned to a new group in the country with the greatest need.