Partner with an Empowerment Group
By personally committing to invest in an empowerment group of orphaned and vulnerable children, you can set up your own payment plan in the form of a pledge and regular reports will be provided.
Where Your Money Goes
THE EMPOWERMENT MODEL IMPACTS AT LEAST EIGHT MAJOR AREAS OF LIFE
Children learn to grow or buy their own food, yielding enough to eat nutritious meals daily, share with other children and sell surplus in the community.
Secure housing, often rented at first,is acquired through purchasing land and building materials with excess business income. Groups join together in providing labor for home construction.
Hygiene is taught to avoid disease, and access to healthcare is acquired for when young people do fall ill.
Child-led families have the tools and motivation to re-enroll in or begin a formal education, with some even attending college and beyond to maximize their futures.
With a steady stream of income in place, children own multiple businesses employing their siblings, orphans, widows and other community members.
Human rights training enables children to stand up for themselves and those around them. Their group gives them the social structure needed to successfully enforce their rights ending heinous abuses.
While Zoe Empowers is a religiously non-restrictive program, children experience the gospel in action in ways that are always inviting but never coercive. We love to talk about this part of our program; please ask us if you have questions.
The sense of belonging to their peer group transcends into larger society as they move from being beggars and sometimes thieves to entrepreneurs and leaders, respected and valued by their community.
We report back to you.
All Zoe empowerment partners are given periodic progress reports on the transformation of their empowerment group.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my money be used?
Zoe Empowers is conscious to put money where it does the most good for the children in the program. The cost of $9,000 represents a true cost of the program. This cost is averaged out between country programs taking into account local differences in prices and exchange rates. Zoe Empowers is careful to control overhead, but does invest in overhead expenses such as audits and reports which ensure money given is being used effectively and efficiently. Please see our 990 to have a look at the effectiveness with which we steward your funds on behalf of the children.
How often will I hear about my group?
A couple months after your group begins (to allow for screening) you will receive a name list and group photo. You will also receive both general and group specific reports about your group. After graduation you will receive a graduation report. If you are able to travel to meet and encourage your group, this will also provide a powerful connection. Reports and when possible, personal visits help individuals and churches feel connected and experience the power of what your investment is doing in the lives of children.
Can I send my group gifts and letters?
We encourage you to visit your group in person over their three years in the program, and perhaps even after graduation. When you do so, we have ideas on our resources pages, of things you can bring and/or give to encourage your group. These must be items of no monetary value to preserve the empowerment program, and maintain equity between groups. We avoid gifts of monetary value and sending letters directly to the groups. In our experience it is difficult to do these things without the risk of harming the empowerment relationship which makes the program so effective in moving children beyond charity.
When should I visit my group?
Please feel free to visit your group as you are able and as Zoe Empowers has space on trips. We do all we can to make sure every group partner has an opportunity to travel, and it is a great encouragement to your group for them to see you, thank you, and worship with you. You can also be a powerful voice telling others in your community what is being accomplished. You are welcome to visit the children in any year of the program, including post-graduation.
How does Zoe Empowers encourage the growth of faith among participants?
Zoe Empowers is a religiously non-restrictive program. All orphans and vulnerable children are able to qualify for the program regardless of their beliefs. The empowerment model does not coerce children into saying they believe in certain way to fully participate in the program. However, Zoe Empowers is a Christian organization and we do not leave our faith behind us as we help children to help themselves. The children in our program both see and hear the Christian message of God’s great love for them. This message is always an invitation and never a requirement for being a full and respected member of the group. As in every other aspect of the program, the young people are encouraged to make decisions for themselves. This is also why the program is so effective in children learning about God’s love. Because the young people make their own decisions, they also take responsibility to speak with one another, and with other members of the community about the Gospel. Groups often incorporate prayer, worship and faith sharing in wonderful, non-exclusive ways.
What can I expect for updates and reports about my partnered group?
So that you may journey with your group as they complete the three year empowerment program, we provide a series of reports and updates. The first report is the name list and group picture of your children sent about four months after the groups begin meeting. Case study reports on households from your group along with a group update will be added to the cumulative document and sent to you and any other contacts you designate. The first will be sent after completion of the first year and another after the second year. After their graduation, a final summary report of progress and achievements will be added to this document so that you will have a complete record of the results of your investment in the lives of these children. As part of your Zoe partnership reporting, we will also provide biannual, country-specific updates so that you can learn more about what your children have been experiencing as they work through the Zoe empowerment model and transform their lives. Click here to view our Sample Reports.
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