Sunday, October 30
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
How Is FUMC helping turn orphaned children into self-sustaining business owners?
Through Zoe Helps’ empowerment projects.
Zoe is a non-profit that organizes orphaned children into working groups of 50-100 orphans. Zoe ensures the kids have housing and education, and it then puts the kids through a three year training process. The training includes training on health issues (the need to boil water, proper use of mosquito nets, HIV/AIDS prevention, etc), religious training, and training on how to support themselves. Under the last item, the working groups choose businesses (usually agriculture based), and then Zoe provides training on how to run the businesses. Under the Zoe model, after the three year training, almost all of the working groups are self-sustaining and even help support other people in their villages. Through this model, Zoe has helped over 28,000 orphans in several African countries, Guatemala and India.
Zoe recently expanded to Liberia. Because of its prior involvement in Liberia and West Africa, Zoe has asked the Capital District of the UMC (our District) to help with this new effort. FUMC has recently committed to help the Capital District’s efforts to support a working group.
Rev. Gaston Warner, an elder in the Texas Conference of the UMC, serves as the CEO of ZOE. Rev. Warner will be here on October 30 to talk about Zoe and the model’s amazing successes empowering children, FUMC’s role in the partnership, and to answer questions that we may have.