Girl Power: Closing the Gender Gap in Malawi

Girls in Malawi’s Zoe Empowers program are overcoming more than poverty – they are fighting against gender discrimination and becoming role models for others in their communities. “Customary practices [in Malawi] often restrict women’s ability to own or operate land,” said Mercy Nyirongo, program manager for Zoe Empowers Malawi. “They own fewer of the working animals needed […]

Church Creates “Orphan Walk” and Activity Cards for Successful VBS

Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, is a great example of a church that fully engaged their Vacation Bible School participants for ZOE. Every day, the children and staff watched a Mission Moment video created by Zoe Empowers telling the story of a different child. The kids really connected with seeing children like Grace and […]

Her Right to an Alternative Rite of Passage: Part 1

Many of us living in the US are lucky enough to have never heard of the practice known as female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM includes a variety of gruesome practices that involve cutting, stitching and other trauma to a girl’s genital area. Different communities and cultures have different reasons for carrying out this practice. […]

The Girl Who Stood Up Against Sex Trafficking

Please note: Zoe Empowers takes the privacy and safety of the children in the program very seriously. We have changed the name of the young woman in this story, and blurred her face to protect her identity. When Sheela* was 14, she lived in the slums of Chennai, India with an older and younger brother.  A girl […]