Who We Are
ZOE is a distinctive three-year program, developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India, ZOE has approximately 28,000 children currently enrolled.
We invite you to Meet a ZOE Child and read stories about the remarkable children who have transformed their lives through ZOE’s program.
ZOE is invited into communities where orphans are already living and brings them together in supportive working groups of 60-100 children. ZOE’s indigenous staff members help these children articulate their own dreams for their lives. ZOE then provides the small inputs and training they need to work together to transform their lives in just three years. These children who often feel beyond God’s love are able to both see and hear the gospel in ways that are compelling but not coercive.
ZOE simultaneously addresses all the challenges that keep children in poverty, and helps them:
In three years or less, these children are so empowered that they no longer need our support. Children who have completed the program often reach out in ministry to other children in their community who are suffering. In this way, the program has a ripple effect, transforming lives beyond the original working group.