ZOE’s 3-Year Solution

THE HOLISTIC, SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO END POVERTY

ZOE’s 3-Year Solution

THE HOLISTIC, SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO END POVERTY

From Beggars to Bosses in 3 Years

Guided by the core belief of not doing anything for these young people that they can be taught to do for themselves, ZOE equips orphans and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty by addressing multiple barriers simulataneously.

From Beggars to Bosses in 3 Years

Guided by the core belief of not doing anything for these young people that they can be taught to do for themselves, ZOE equips orphans and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty by addressing multiple barriers simulataneously.

Food Security

Children learn to grow or buy their own food, yielding enough to eat nutritious meals daily, share with other children and sell surplus to the community.

Secure Housing

Secure housing, often rented at first,is acquired through purchasing land and building materials with excess business income. Groups join together in providing labor for home construction.

Food Security

Children learn to grow or buy their own food, yielding enough to eat nutritious meals daily, share with other children and sell surplus to the community.

“The seed I received was just the beginning of a new life. My siblings and I have now said good-bye to hunger.”

– Gentil, ZOE Rwanda

Food Security

Year One

Children receive a small grant and training to begin a husbandry and farming project.

Year Two

Animals reproduce and crops provide the income to purchase land for more gardens and crops.

Year Three

Children are eating nutritious meals 2-3 times each day and sharing with other vulnerable children in the community.

Secure Housing

Secure housing, often rented at first,is acquired through purchasing land and building materials with excess business income. Groups join together in providing labor for home construction.

“My life changed after I received a cow from ZOE. The income generated has expanded my other businesses and today I am building my dream house to help more orphans – that is the theme of ZOE.”

– Rachel, ZOE India

Secure Housing

Year One

Funds are provided through housing grants for the most urgent and desperate needs.

Year Two

Animals reproduce and crops provide the income to purchase land for more gardens and crops.

Year Three

New land is acquired and homes are built from surplus business income.

Health & Hygiene

Hygiene is taught to avoid disease, and access to healthcare is acquired for when young people do fall ill.

Education

Child-led families have the tools and motivation to re-enroll in or begin a formal education, with some even attending college and beyond to maximize their futures.

Health & Hygiene

Hygiene is taught to avoid disease, and access to healthcare is acquired for when young people do fall ill.

“First I give God all the thanks. ZOE taught me how to stay clean and care for myself so I am now proud to participate in community events. I feel secure knowing that if I get sick, I have the resources and support system to go to the doctor. I am no longer alone.”

– Massah, ZOE Liberia

Health & Hygiene

Year One

In-country staff conduct training in personal hygiene. Emergency medical intervention is provided in critical cases.

Year Two

National health insurance is obtained or medical savings accounts are funded.

Year Three

Business income and personal dignity paves the way for nutritious meals, clean clothing and access to healthcare.

Education

Child-led families have the tools and motivation to re-enroll in or begin a formal education, with some even attending college and beyond to maximize their futures.

“My chickens created enough income to purchase a goat. I now own 6 goats! The income generated pays my school fees along with my two younger brothers. I am on the path to owning a shop and can dream about the future.”

– Eric, ZOE Rwanda

Education

Year One

Empowerment group members are assisted with the costs associated with enrolling in school.

Year Two

School fees are funded by individual and household businesses.

Year Three

Younger siblings are well on their way toward completion of a formal education and college plans begin to take shape.

Income Generation

With a steady stream of income in place, children own multiple businesses employing their siblings, orphans, widows and other community members.

Child Rights

Human rights training enables children to stand up for themselves and those around them. Their group gives them the social structure needed to successfully enforce their rights ending heinous abuses.

Income Generation

With a steady stream of income in place, children own multiple businesses employing their siblings, orphans, widows and other community members.

“My small business has grown from a small store into a beauty shop, barber shop, farm and home. I no longer focus on my poverty, I can look forward and focus on my future.”

– Maggie, ZOE Kenya

Income Generation

Year One

Training is conducted on market evaluation, profit margins and risk, while individual businesses begin to profit from issued micro-grants.

Year Two

Loans are issued and paid back to the group bank account. Individual bank accounts and businesses grow in sophistication.

Year Three

Child-led families run multiple businesses which employ siblings and members of the community.

Child Rights

Human rights training enables children to stand up for themselves and those around them. Their group gives them the social structure needed to successfully enforce their rights ending heinous abuses.

“Now that I know my rights and how to enforce them, men respect me and I am not misused. I train others in my village about their rights and have become a legal mediator in my village.”

– Dorcas, ZOE Kenya

Child Rights

Year One

Local officials conduct training on the rights of a child and how to enforce those rights allowing for children to build a relationship with the person in charge.

Year Two

Voices of children are amplified in the community as their social status rises.

Year Three

Children have an understanding of enforcing their human rights and can point to examples with successful outcomes.

Community Connections

The sense of belonging to their peer group transcends into larger society as they move from being beggars and sometimes thieves to entrepreneurs and leaders, respected and valued by their community.

Spiritual Strength

While ZOE is a religiously non-restrictive program, children experience the gospel in action in ways that are always inviting abut never coercive.

Community Connections

The sense of belonging to their peer group transcends into larger society as they move from being beggars and sometimes thieves to entrepreneurs and leaders, respected and valued by their community.

“My blessings are so great that I cannot keep them for myself. My carpentry business has grown into a training center for youth in my community. My identity is no longer one of poverty but it is now in God.”

– Jean Claude, ZOE Rwanda

Community Connections

Year One

Hope is instilled as goals and dreams for the future are documented on a “Dream Chart” and community connections begin to form.

Year Two

Confidence grows as children see their businesses succeed while being a part of a loving and supportive empowerment group.

Year Three

Children gain a sense of belonging and customers see their talents as businesses leaders in the community.

Spiritual Strength

While ZOE is a religiously non-restrictive program, children experience the gospel in action in ways that are always inviting abut never coercive.

“When I lived on the streets, I believed that God did not love me. Now I know God has not forgotten about me and I serve as the Chaplain for my ZOE Empowerment Group.”

– Maran, ZOE Liberia

Spiritual Strength

Year One

The Lord’s prayer is learned along with what it means for an orphan to call God “Father.”

Year Two

Children experience community with others, they pray together, and they are confident to attend church when they are clean and have the proper attire.

Year Three

Children experience the gospel in action without coercion. God’s power is evident in their lives, as they live out their faith by serving their community.

Here's proof it works

ZOE’s data analyzes and measures impact.

You will know it works

We report back to ZOE group partners.

Less is more

By doing less for orphans, ZOE leaves room for them to do more for themselves.