Zoe Empowers

Empowering vulnerable children to move beyond charity.

aka Zoe Ministry   |   Raleigh, NC   |  www.zoeempowers.org

Mission

Zoe Empowers 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 info

2013

Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Gaston Warner

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Randy Wiersma

Main address

PO Box 28839

Raleigh, NC 27611 USA

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Formerly known as

Zimbabwe Orphan Endeavor

EIN

45-4671349

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

The Zoe Empowers program employs a peer group-based structure, utilizing local resources and local staff and social workers in most cases. The program is comprehensive in nature, focusing simultaneously on the issues holding children in poverty with interventions tailored to specific contexts. These interventions include: how to find consistent and sustainable sources of food, physical and psychological health, disease prevention, housing, child rights, education, business and financial management, vocational training, social connections and community, and spiritual growth. By helping orphans help each other, we ensure that the process of positive change continues long after the three-year empowerment program is over.

Success in our empowerment program is dependent upon the children taking responsibility for themselves, their siblings, and their larger peer group. With guidance from Zoe Empowers, children create and follow their own plan to transform their lives. There are no orphanages or buildings owned by Zoe Empowers, and there is approximately one staff member per 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the program. The staff ratio highlights our core belief that while some support is necessary, vulnerable children and their community must be responsible for creating successful paths to overcome extreme poverty.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children completing the three year empowerment program.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ZOE Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Zoe Empowers

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark McAndrew