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ZOE MINISTRY

Empowering vulnerable children to move beyond charity.

aka We Are ZOE

Garner, NC

Mission

ZOE is a Christian empowerment ministry for orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in Africa and India. After graduating from ZOE's three-year empowerment program, a child will have moved from extreme poverty to sustainable self-sufficiency; able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and social support for themselves and their siblings; know God's love, and have hope for the future in their own community.

Ruling Year

2013

Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Gaston Warner

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Randy Wiersma

Main Address

700 Waterfield Ridge Pl

Garner, NC 27529 USA

Keywords

orphans, vulnerable children, empowerment, self-reliance

EIN

45-4671349

 Number

6782703402

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

400 million children in the world are living in extreme poverty making them the worst off of the worst off. Those who hold the most potential to create lasting solutions are instead living a life of disease, hunger, exploitation, abuse, illiteracy, and hopelessness.

ZOE stops the poverty cycle using a model that connects you as a partner to a group of children who are eager to realize their God-given potential. When children and indigenous leaders become part of the solution rather than the recipient of hand-outs, long-term sustainable solutions becomes a reality.

The result? Children who were once stigmatized gain the dignity and respect they deserve equipping them to be self-reliant and lead entire communities out of poverty.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Context notes

Grants represent funds sent to our program countries to operate the empowerment program.

Average number of dollars per person served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Context notes

The cost per child in the program is calculated by dividing the total amount of grants made by the number of children served.

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Context notes

Number of children completing the three year empowerment program.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Context notes

Total number of orphans and vulnerable children in the empowerment program, including all siblings.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Context notes

Total includes mentors of the 426 empowerment groups, community volunteers who provide training, and program advocates and volunteers in the US.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

ZOE has one primary goal – helping children help themselves. It may sound simple, but our strategies for achieving that goal are anything but. ZOE strives to provide orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty the skills, tools, and resources they need to become completely self-reliant. For each orphan, the achievement of self-reliance looks different. Some become farmers, some become tailors, some return to school, and yet others join together and run large-scale businesses such as restaurants and wholesale markets. However, after three years, our overall goal is the same: children and young adults, full of hope, pride and dignity, able to provide for themselves and their siblings, without being dependent on outside support.

ZOE's empowerment program employs three strategies in order to make it successful:
- Locally-based: ZOE employs all indigenous staff to implement the program in each country. Children work with supportive staff that speak their language, understand their culture, and know their community.
- Comprehensive: ZOE seeks to address all the issues that hold children in poverty, often simultaneously. First, children are also connected to one another in supportive working groups with 60-80 members. Then, through training in business and financial management, agriculture, disease prevention, child rights, and other essential life skills, ZOE ensures that these children have a strong foundation on which to build their new life. ZOE also shares the good news of God's love, and connects children with their local church to allow them to grow in their faith. Finally, ZOE provides orphans with micro-grants as well as other resources such as seeds and tools, enabling them to start small businesses that grow and thrive.
- Child-led: Through ZOE, children take the lead in their own journey out of poverty. First, ZOE helps children articulate their dream for a better life. Then, ZOE empowers them to set and achieve the goals that will make their dreams come true. Children make their own decisions and then ZOE, the staff, the community, and their adult mentor, support them in building a better life.

ZOE has grown in financial support from $1.25 million in 2010 to $4.4 million in 2016, based in large part from the success of its Hope Companion partnership fundraising approach. ZOE facilitates partnerships between working groups of 60-100 orphans in our program countries and Hope Companions – individuals, churches and groups in United States. As the children work to transform their lives, the Hope Companions provide financial, prayer and emotional support, walking with the children in their journey to overcome poverty. Hope Companions often visit the children in country to show their support and pride in person. This fundraising model has proved transformative for both the children and the supporting donors, and interest continues to grow.

ZOE also has a growing base of monthly and annual donors, which we inform regularly about the progress being made by orphans in the program through a robust communications and social media strategy.

ZOE takes accountability and transparency seriously as an organization, and as well as excellence and training. ZOE has recently promoted a Pan-Africa Coordinator based in Kenya who ensures all the field staff members in the program countries are well-trained and have a full understanding of the ZOE model. In Zimbabwe, ZOE recently appointed a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator who manages a robust reporting system that both informs donors about group progress, as well as identifies challenges and successes. ZOE has recently implemented an evaluation system that will collect annual, anonymous data about the children enrolled in the programs. This data will include a number of measureable indicators of progress, including health, school enrollment and entrepreneurship.

In 2014, ZOE expanded into three new countries, significantly increasing the reach of its empowerment program into a total of seven countries in three continents. As opportunities present themselves in terms of financial support and readiness in an area of need, ZOE will continue to pursue ways to reach as many children as possible with our life-changing empowerment program. We will continue to balance the need to provide a robust implementation of our current program areas with the tremendous needs of children around the world.

In 2016, we served just over 33,000 children.

External Reviews

Financials

ZOE MINISTRY

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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