ZOE protects the identity and dignity of children and does not show trafficked children.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."


Jim Elliot | Missionary to the Auca Indian

ZOE (a Greek word for “Life”) began as a USA non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2002 founded by Michael and Carol Hart. The Harts founded ZOE International in response to hearing about the atrocities of modern day slavery. The Harts sold their custom home and most of their possessions; set up headquarters in Santa Clarita, California; and moved to Thailand—a land where many have yet to hear the gospel of Christ. ZOE Children’s Homes was launched in 2003 with 47 at-risk children. By 2004, the number of children being served at ZOE grew to 60.

In 2006, ZOE opened its ministry, vocational, language, and business schools. These schools are used to train and equip ZOE children and future Thai leaders to make a positive impact on their nation.

ZOE International Foundation, Thailand became official in 2007. This status enables the anti-human trafficking organization to purchase land and build facilities as a protected foundation and safeguard for its partners. Through the years, ZOE has made solid relationships with government leaders who have endorsed the ZOE leadership and the work they are accomplishing in the nation of Thailand.

With generous support, ZOE began construction on three multipurpose buildings, which were completed in 2010. These buildings have dormitories for every age, vocational training centers, staff offices, and a kitchen with a dining room. ZOE continues to make improvements to the lives of the children we rescue from human trafficking and will build additional safe houses and housing as God provides. ZOE has since provided comprehensive aftercare for more than 115 children.