Addressing multiple barriers simultaneously is the only way to overcome extreme poverty.
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With ZOE, children learn to grow or buy their own food, yielding enough to eat nutritious meals daily, share with other children and sell surplus in the community.
Children go days without food resulting in severe malnutrition causing other physical and mental health complications.
With ZOE, 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.
Inadequate shelter makes children vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and illness.
Health & Hygiene
With ZOE, hygiene is taught to avoid disease, and access to healthcare is acquired for when young people do fall ill.
Limited access to healthcare and a lack of hygiene leads to life-threatening disease and poor health.
With ZOE, 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.
Education is not accessible or sustainable for children who are sick, homeless and unable to afford school fees.
With ZOE, children can now own multiple businesses employing their siblings, orphans, widows and other community members.
Inability to Earn Money
Legitimate jobs that pay a reliable wage are inaccessible to orphans and vulnerable children.
With ZOE, human rights training is taught so children can stand up for themselves and those around them. Their group gives them the social structure needed to successfully enforce their rights ending heinous abuses.
Vulnerable children are unaware of their rights and their voices are not heard because of their social status.
With ZOE, 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.
Orphans and vulnerable children have lost hope of belonging because of being isolated and stigmatized.
While ZOE is a religiously non-restrictive program, children experience the gospel in action in ways that are always inviting but never coercive. We love to talk about this part of our program; please ask us if you have questions.
Isolation leads children to believe God has forgotten and even abandoned them.
Extreme poverty is complicated
Millions of children are isolated and exploited due to extreme poverty.
We can change that.
Learn about our 3-year solution
ZOE equips orphans and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty in only three years.
You can change it for $8/month
The Collective is a community of monthly givers creating a future for vulnerable children.
Read stories of empowerment from children impacted by ZOE