Here at ZOE we have two major school breaks a year. One in October and the other in March-May. This year we are running three different week long camps simultaneously for our children, pre-teens and teens. By separating them into three different age groups, we can develop more age appropriate lessons and activities. Needless to say, it is a whirlwind at ZOE! Wherever you look there are activities going on non-stop. From games on the lawn to excursions to various locations, the coordination is simply AWESOME! Between Thai staff, missionaries and our Leadership Training Program students, everyone is going all out! Read more
Several months ago, I had the honor of connecting with an amazing girl named Denae Holler. She heard about ZOE through a friend of a friend and came up with the idea to collect instruments for the children at ZOE Children’s Home in Thailand as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Karen & Denae with the donated instruments.
Through a series of email conversations with our office, she inquired what some of the needs were and one of the things mentioned was that ZOE was really short on instruments for music therapy. Denae is a musician herself so she thought this was the perfect project for her and that it would be an awesome way to be able to use her passion and skill for doing good. Read more
We are in the last stages of finishing our new vegetable green house, also known as a garden hut by the Thai staff.
This new development is important because it allows us to grow vegetables in the off season which also means we do not have to pay higher prices for these types of crops. With the garden hut, we can grow higher value crops and give our kids a wider variety of food without paying the higher prices. One vegetable that ZOE will appreciate the green house for is chili.
Sometimes our kids just need some time to unwind and chill!With school, homework, chores, special events, short term teams, visitors, intercessory prayer, weekly bible study, and more, it can get hectic for our kids.
While we have many self sustaining agricultural projects around ZOE, one that's very popular amongst the family are mushrooms.Our ZOE family loves mushrooms so much they just can't get enough of them! Mushrooms are fairly expensive, but thankfully, we have a huge mushroom farm to keep our tastebuds satisfied.
During the month-long school breaks when all the ZOE children stay on campus, the Children’s Ministry Team puts together an eventful and activity-filled week for them. This past year, it was SUPERHERO week at ZOE. The kids sported SUPERHERO t-shirts, rotated throughout different rooms fully decorated as SUPERHERO CITIES, and engaged in SUPERHERO-THEMED stories, crafts, games, and music.
written by Lori Ortenzi | ZOE J/TIP Grant Program Manager
On June 8, 2016, ZOE International, in collaboration with the the US Department of State - Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Chiang Mai Thailand Private Children's Home Association, hosted a conference for about 60 organizations. The topic was "Child Protection and Internet Safety for Children." The conference was led by two speakers from Dtac (a telecommunication company providing digital information and technology in Thailand), David Cross, our National Director of ZOE Australia and our Child Protection Manager, and Brad Ortenzi, our Director of ZOE Child Rescue, who is US retired law enforcement and has served on a task force specializing in child exploitation cyber crimes.
There is a LOT of work that needs to happen around ZOE before the heavy rains hit Thailand. The rains typically come in late May to mid June, so right now we are hard at work prepping for the life-giving rain that hits Northern Thailand. Since we are in the middle of a drought, it is even more important that we be ready to take advantage of the rains and plant things quickly!
Way back in the beginning of 2015, David and I were searching for a house suitable to become the Transitional Home for the young adults leaving the ZOE Children’s Home and working toward independence. It was a new concept--untried and untested. There really didn’t seem to be any similar models around to glean ideas from or ask the hundreds of questions that were swimming through our heads.
Wep grew up in a village with his older brother and five younger siblings. His ill mother spent more days in the hospital than at home so, as one of the oldest, Wep took care of his siblings while splitting time between working on the farm and going to school.
When he was 14, a Northern hill tribe pastor came to his village. Wep recalls, "I saw how sick my mother was and how much help we needed." The pastor stayed in Wep's village with his wife and three children for four years. He helped all the families, whether it was growing rice or planting corn. "At night, he'd hold Bible studies in the different homes," Wep remembers. "He shared about God's love and his own story of how he came to know Christ. I had never heard of Jesus before then."