The Rivers Team have supported Tearfund for several years. It is an organisation that seeks to lift people out of spiritual and material poverty. It runs and supports numerous projects around the world.
As a parish we have now chosen to be a ‘Connected Church’ with the Zoe Project in Zimbabwe. With our help, “over the next three years ZOE can support 18,000 children in their existing families and communities. They can help them to remain in education, provide the chance of a stable livelihood, and empower them to live dignified lives with hope and a future”.
It is estimated that Zimbabwe has the highest number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (890,000 out of 12 million) per capita anywhere in the world. Zoe trains and empowers local churches to empower people to stand on their own two feet materially and spiritually.
Patience’s three daughters Promise, Ruth and Mercy were some of these children. Patience was widowed in 2003, with no way of bringing in an income. The kids dropped out of school, the only food they had was what they could forage in the jungle. Patience and her family were helped by the local Zoe workers. They were initially given two food parcels and then three goats. These goats have provided an income to the family. This small act has allowed for the children to return to school. The family are also now not isolated because they are now part of the church community.
- A gift of £350 would train someone like Patience in how to look after goats. With this training they can build a livelihood and a steady income to support their family.
- A gift of £220 would train a church in how to counsel vulnerable families, giving them vital emotional support.
- A gift of £80 would change the lives of five children in Zimbabwe.
Look out for more information from the Zoe project in future Spotlight articles
or learn more from: https://connected.tearfund.org/en/partners/zoe