"From Beggars to Bosses in 3 Years"
There is so much to share about the process, the love and care that Zoe Empowers puts into taking orphans and vulnerable children off the streets and empowering them to overcome poverty for good. A part of the process that grabbed my attention as a strong parallel to our own is their "Dream" chart.
You see, when we set New Year's Resolutions, or build a business plan to launch a new venture or do our own family's financial and estate plans, it can be one of the few times we discuss our future goals and work back from there. One thing I have learned, if you set all your goals in relation to what you want (i.e. the dream house, car, lifestyle) you'll find the path to getting there can be frustrating. Conversely, if you set your goals on who you want to be, quite often the what happens along the way. Better yet, if you set your sights on Whom you wish to pursue, your paradigm will shift and your entire life will as well. -DE
One of the first tasks new members complete is the creation of their “Dream” chart. Most orphans and vulnerable children entering the Zoe empowerment program face a daily struggle to survive, there is neither time to think about the future nor reason to hope for something better. But through Zoe and your partnership, the children learn to imagine a new life and prepare to make it a reality.
The Zoe program facilitator leads members through an exercise called the Dream process where they explore their current situation and then set their goals. After considering their family’s hopes and needs, the youth who is considered the head of the household and is the primary member of their empowerment group, creates a poster of responses to a standard set of questions from the Zoe program facilitator.
This youth then presents the Dream to the rest of the group members who express support and give feedback, especially concerning the primary goal. These Dream documents help the program facilitators better understand the conditions of the children’s lives so they can address specific needs or traumas suffered. The family keeps a copy of their Dream, often displaying it in their home to provide daily motivation as they strive to create their new life. As they progress through the empowerment program they will often update their Dream. To the right is an example of a Dream chart. -Zoe
-Thank you to 2019 BLESS beneficiary, Zoe Empowers
Category: Protecting Vulnerable Children