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April 3, 2020

Preparations continue to be made across Africa. An update from Zoe Empowers Kenyan facilitator, Ann Karanja:

The month of April is a special month for the children living on the streets. It is the month we commemorate the International Day for Street Children (April 12th). However, during this time they are facing the grim challenge of COVID-19 survival. Just like any other child worldwide, they are experiencing worry, anxiety, fear of contracting the virus, and loosing their lives or their loved ones. It is absolutely clear they are shaken. However, children from Zoe Empowers Kenya, have taken efforts to recognize the need of these children during this time. They went to the streets of Maua to teach their peers on the streets simple ways to protect themselves from the virus: the proper way to wash hands regularly with running water and soap, social distancing and how to take care of “men” (mouth eyes and nose). They also provided them with hand washing stations and soap. This will go a long way in preventing the spread of COVID – 19 amongst this population.


April 2, 2020

To prevent the spread of #COVID19 Belinda and Caroline from the Ambition Empowerment Group in Zimbabwe added hand sanitizer and liquid soap to their cleaning supply business. Their products are now sold in local communities and distributed among Zoe Empowers group members.


April 1, 2020

Although Zoe Empowers staff has limited travel and meetings to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the areas we serve, group facilitators have stayed in touch with all groups via phone. During these phone exchanges, you might be surprised to learn that the children have been asking how YOU, their U.S. friends and partners, are doing.

Even in this unprecedented hardship, the children are grateful for the opportunity to participate in Zoe Empowers. Many have offered to help by sharing their knowledge and abundance with others in their community.

Below is a letter written by Justa Kianira, the secretary of the Blessing Muili Group in Kenya. In it, she shares a brief group update and well wishes to all.

To our friends in USA,

Greetings in the Name of the Almighty God. We hope this message finds you well and engraved in the palm of God’s hands.

We, as Blessing Muili Group, are still doing great in our group activities and we thank God for your prayers and support as well. During this difficult moment in life, that the entire world is facing the Coronavirus problems, we as the group members are trying to give support to each other through giving food from our food banks to the needy in the community and also prayers being the most important thing in life, we hope and pray that God may victoriously enable us [to] all find happiness and liveliness again with you, your families and relatives and the world at large.

We hope soonest possible you all will visit us as we joyfully celebrate the mercies and grace of our Mighty God. May God protect you and bless you in your endeavors. Pass our greetings to your families, relatives and friends.


Yours faithfully,
Secretary – Blessing Muili Group
2nd year, Kenya


March 31, 2020

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March 27, 2020

As the world adjusts for COVID-19, many systems that have been part of the Zoe Empowers program for years have made preparations efficient and effective in each community where we work. For example:

Mobile phone communication using platforms like What’s App have been part of daily life for each empowerment group, community mentor and most child headed households long before COVID-19. Throughout the program, communication chains have quickly been set up to efficiently share accurate information about prevention and protection against coronavirus.

Mobile bank accounts have been part of Zoe’s empowerment program for many years. Every empowerment group and most households have active bank accounts. This has made the purchase of needed supplies a safe and efficient process as social distancing practices are followed.

Health and hygiene has been a main area of training and education throughout the Zoe Empowers program, therefore proper hand-washing along with other important hygiene and sanitation practices are familiar to the Zoe Empowers children. Therefore, new CDC recommendations for COVID-19 have been swiftly implemented, as well as shared by the group members with others in their communities.


March 26, 2020

Watch the entire recorded update given by Gaston Warner.


March 18, 2020

Many of you have asked how the young people in Zoe Empowers’ program are doing as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. Thank you both for thinking of these young people and for your prayers. There have been identified coronavirus cases in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Liberia and India. We also believe there are likely cases in Malawi and Tanzania as well, although these latter countries have not been confirmed.

Reegan Kaberia, Zoe Empowers’ Chief Program Officer and Kenya Country Director, has been working with all the programs during this time, and the following steps are currently implemented to keep both the children and the staff safe:

  • Meetings have been halted in all areas where this action is recommended
  • Most programs are using social media and SMS texts sent to the young people and group leadership on how to avoid catching the virus and other helpful safety protocols; Zoe Empowers program staff are receiving special instruction so they are knowledgeable about how to advise the young people
  • While the program staff are limiting travel and meetings, they are in touch regularly with all the groups via phone to monitor the groups progress.

As the situation continues to develop, we will keep you informed about how the young people are coping with this additional hurdle as they pull themselves permanently out of extreme poverty. We rely upon your prayers for the children’s immediate safety and for Zoe Empowers’ ability to weather this time and continue to meet the needs of these amazing young people. Thank you for thinking of these vulnerable young people as you attend to keeping yourself and those you love safe.


Gaston Warner


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