ZOE is a distinctive three-year program, developed in Africa that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome extreme poverty, become fully self-reliant, and learn of God’s love for them. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, and India, ZOE has approximately 28,000 children currently enrolled.
The Congregation at Duke Chapel has completed support of two groups of ZOE children. In 2017-2018, the Congregation committed to supporting two new groups of children in Zimbabwe.
From 2015 - 2017, the Congregation supported the Taguta Dora Working Group in Zimbabwe; their group name means "We Are Satisfied". This group has 25 households and a total of 80 members. One of the biggest disadvantages orphans and vulnerable children face is isolation from peers and the larger community. Struggling on their own, the children lack moral support, access to community resources, and a network of people to help them progress and face challenges. ZOE provides connections, mentors, facilitators, and support.
From 2012-2014 the Congregation partnered with the Urumuri “Light” Working Group in Rwanda. In this group of children, there were 41 households and a total of 62 members. One of those households is headed by Alphonse, who cares for his younger brother and grandfather was well as himself. With ZOE’s help, Alphonse learned how to grow produce to provide a balanced diet and began a banana farm to provide a dependable source of income.