Here is a a description of this ministry from their website:
Across the world, there are millions of orphans and vulnerable children struggling in poverty.
When parents die or becomes unable to care for their children, the burden of care falls to elderly family members and the oldest sibling left behind. Children as young as 10-13 years old are the sole providers for their families. Because of the fear and misinformation surrounding HIV/AIDS, the children whose parents have died are frequently ostracized by their communities. Children often have to drop out of school to care for younger siblings, working long hours just for food for the day. As medical care moves out of reach, children suffer from illness and disease. As their homes begin to crumble from disrepair, many children have no choice but to live on the streets, or wherever they can find a place for the night.
ZOE works to break this cycle of poverty, and give these children hope.
In 2013 ZOE added programs in Liberia, India and Guatemala. Here are the updated numbers of children:
Approximate totals of orphans and vulnerable children active in the ZOE empowerment program by 2015
Learn more at their website: ZOEhelps.org
Churches in WNCC in partnership with ZOE:
- Boone UMC
- Davidson UMC
- First UMC, Hendersonville (2 groups)
- Boone Hope Companion Group (Boone UMC, Bethelview UMC, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Valley Crucis UMC)
- Myers Park UMC, Charlotte