¡Mi nombre es Cristina Amaro y yo soy una pasante de ZOE!
English translation: My name is Cristina Amaro and I am currently an intern at ZOE! I graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in International Studies and an emphasis in Latin-American Studies (I really love tacos). I have also completed two years of Theology studies through Portland Bible College.
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
Hi all! My name is Anthony Sanders and I am one of the new interns at ZOE for the Spring 2017 semester. I am currently in my last semester at California Lutheran University, with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Throughout some classes at my university, I have realized how big of an issue human trafficking has become and how I want to be part of something to help fight the issue. Read more
Some children who have been trafficked are able to return to loving families – families who can help them heal from the trauma. Research indicates, though, that home is not a safe place for many young survivors of trafficking. Read more
We recently received a letter from a boy named Kado Kliewer, in Hastings, Nebraska. This is a great reminder that it doesn't matter how old (or young) you are. Everyone can do something to make a difference in the lives of others.
Hi there! My name is Nicole Bird and I am one of the new interns at ZOE for the semester. I am a senior at California Lutheran University and am studying Criminal Justice. Most of my professors have incorporated human trafficking into their courses. They have realized that this understated crime is in desperate need of attention and solutions.
Last month, I had the privilege of sharing about ZOE and our Kids Helping Kids program to a small class of students that are a part of the Pioneer Club at Valencia United Methodist Church in Santa Clarita, CA. This small but mighty class has been collecting funds that get donated to our Children’s Home in Thailand for the past 6 years! Wow! Their passionate leader, Kim Fisher, has been the driving force behind continuing this program for the Pioneer’s Club.
Can you believe that our ZOE Rescue Walk is in just 75 days? I love this event for many reasons but the greatest reason is that on this day, we get to meet and see all of you who have supported our organization face to face! Some of you have supported us from the very beginning and some of you are brand new. Regardless of when you joined the fight to combat child trafficking, you are all passionate, doing your unique part to make a difference. Some of you drive hours and some bring your entire family just to be a part of our Walk. Some of you have even been Team Captains and formed a group every single year! What a humbling experience to join hands together with all of you; our supporters and our friends, to fight injustice!
After 14 years in the fight against child trafficking we have learned a few things about caring for children who have suffered at the hands of human traffickers. When we first began rescuing children in Thailand, our rescues were considered prevention rescues. In other words, we rescued children before they were trafficked. These children were highly at risk because of their circumstances: orphaned, extreme poverty, drug addicted parents, on the market to be sold and other heartbreaking situations. These precious children had multiple trauma issues to deal with and our staff did an incredible job pouring the love of God out and ushering these children in to a place of restoration in their lives.