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September 11, 2023 - No Comments!

Treehouses

 

 

The decision to make a treehouse both the centre and the starting point for our protective behaviours game, was intentional. In this game, the treehouse represents the secure-base or safe haven. It was chosen as an alternative to the participants beginning their journey from home or school. We know for many children home or school is the location where abuse, neglect, bullying or other negative experiences may have taken place.  

Treehouses signify freedom, playfulness, adventure and courage. As mentioned, perched up high in a tree, it is possible to gain a different perspective on life and the world around you. A treehouse also provides a space to process, decompress, relax and unwind - experiences we hope that children will have as they interact with this game.      

Children need safe people and safe spaces for their healthy emotional, psychological, and social development. And there are many reasons why these elements are essential.

 

In summary, safe people and safe spaces are essential for children's well-being and growth. They provide the necessary emotional support, security, and nurturing environment that children need to flourish emotionally, socially, and academically.

To find out more about our new protective behaviours program, The Treehouse Game, visit https://www.gozoe.org.au/treehouse-game/

September 6, 2023 - No Comments!

Child Protection Week 2023

More specifically looking into where we start our lives, where we start as a service sector, and where we start as decision makers

As a team, ZOE has had a presence in Australia for well over a decade, but the main focus has always been on supporting the prevention, rescue and restoration work in Thailand as well as raising awareness and bringing education in Australia. 

In terms of looking at the issue of domestic child trafficking, it’s only been the past two years that our attention has been drawn to what this crime looks like in our own country. 

“Where We Start Matters” 

In Australia ZOE is continuing to ask, “How can we assist in combating domestic child trafficking?” This is a very important question and one that we are exploring in depth. Now with an increased understanding of the problem in Australia, we are moving towards our goal of ‘rescuing every child’ and ensuring that no child is trapped in slavery and exploitative situations.  

Treehouse Game: The aim of this game is to help children build (or redefine) strategies around how to identify safe people and safe places. Safe people and places are imperative in children's lives in order to establish strong connections and find trustworthy people they can share with when situations concern them. The objective also includes strengthening protective behaviours, healthy boundaries in relationships, and the skills to identify positive role models. The game focuses on the thought processes and language around recognising and calling out unsafe behaviour (within the game and in real life). This game is targeted at children 10-12 years old (Grade 4-6). Find out more about the game here.


Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Program: The family environment is key for the prevention of abuse in childhood. Parenting programs have been shown to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors associated with child maltreatment. To learn more about the Bringing Up Great Kids program click here.


Education and Awareness: We believe that creating a space for students to learn and ask questions from our team, will encourage them to think holistically about issues and embolden them to use their giftings and talents to become advocates for others. We offer a range of educational talks centered around child trafficking, Modern Slavery, ethical consumerism and exploitation. Each talk has been developed to be age-appropriate and can be modified to ensure that it meets the unique needs of your class. Find out more here.

Curriculum: We also have Year 9 and 10 curriculum. The Australian Curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to explore some of the big issues facing the globe today. These resources were developed to support Year 10, Unit 2: Geographies of Human Wellbeing and Year 9, Unit 2: Geographies of interconnections, with free downloadable versions available to comply with the Australian Curriculum Standards. The curriculum was written by Mark Easton who has written, co-written or contributed to more than forty textbooks for students and guides to support teachers in their use of these resources in the classroom. Find out more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 3, 2020 - No Comments!

Good Food

You may have heard it said, “Good food is not fast, and fast food is not good.” 

Our family started down a different dietary path about 5 years ago when one of our children had some health and wellness concerns. We were curious to see whether eliminating certain foods would make any difference. What happened actually amazed us … but that’s a whole different story. Since that time, I have been on a steep learning curve to adapt recipes, substitute ingredients and create new ways of doing things with our family’s meals. In the beginning, I felt completely overwhelmed, but now I can cook from a place of increased confidence, experiment with new ingredients, and actually enjoy the experience. 

There’s something very satisfying about cooking from scratch and knowing exactly what we’re eating. It might sound like I love to cook, but it’s more than that. I love to nourish. I love to make sure that my family not only leaves the table full, but that they’re full of good food that will sustain, energise, fight off infection and help them to grow. But most importantly my goal, each time we gather around the table, is that we also nourish our spirits. We do this through being grateful, sharing devotions together, reflecting on the loving kindness of God and by spurring each other on towards love and good deeds. When the time comes for my children to leave our home, my desire is that they’ll not only know how to cook amazing, nutritious meals themselves, but that they’ll be spiritually healthy and strong as well. 

One of our goals in Australia is to raise awareness about child trafficking. Although this can be a dark topic, I love how ordinary people like you and I can use our skills, talents and interests to bring about conversations and change. Just like the right foods can heal and turn a life around, at ZOE we get to see hopeless situations, broken lives and lost children experience new life in an amazing way! I’m going to be using my interest in cooking to highlight the monthly need for food as well as to share stories of hope and life - the taste of ZOE!

Food For Thought! 

    • Join our ZFA Prayer nights on Monday evenings (email for details) 
    • Cook one of our ‘Taste of ZOE’ recipes, share it on social media, #atasteofZOE and tag us
    • Watch and share videos, blog posts and social media feeds. (here and here)
    • Order a Taste of ZOE cookbook and pass it on to a friend. (email Sharon
    • Have a Taste of ZOE potluck dinner, watch one of ZOE’s videos from youtube and have a discussion about it. (YouTube)
    • Petition for ZOE’s Year 9 or 10 curriculum to be used in your school. (click here)
    • Parent of a teen? Watch the free online Chapel video with your child. 
    • Person of faith? Pray for ZOE’s work in Prevention, Rescue and Restoration. (join a prayer group or get a prayer guide)