Team Returns from Visit to ZOE
Photo: Some of the North Georgia United Methodists on the recent mission trip to visit ZOE
A team of volunteers from the North Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina Annual Conferences have just returned from Kenya where they collectively shared in the process of transforming despair to development and empowerment through ZOE missions.
ZOE teaches each young person in its program a profitable skill in order to provide for themselves. ZOE has a proven track of transitioning orphans and vulnerable children to entrepreneurs in their own communities. In addition, as these children begin to stabilize their own lives, they bring other orphans into their groups and replicate the empowerment process with more children.
ZOE offers comprehensive training to orphans who have a desire and ability to dream, who have a vision of self-sustainability, and who commit to three years of a transformative experience. Training includes:
- personal health, nutritional education and environmental cleanliness,
- visioning and job training
- legal rights
- financial development
- shared governess in peer community
- fiscal saving, investing and giving back to the community
In three short years, ZOE moves its young participants to self-sustainability and leadership.
In addition to the program in Kenya, ZOE has active programs in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia and India.
A number of North Georgia Conference churches partner with ZOE, including Bethel UMC Atlanta, Impact UMC, and Newnan First UMC, along with individual donors from other churches. ZOE is Global Ministries Advance #982023. Learn more and give at https://advance.umcmission.org/p-628-zoe-helping-children-help-themselves.aspx