FROM THE FIELD, Uncategorized, Women at Risk

Before and After : Ellilta Women at Risk

Ellilta Women at Risk has been working to rescue, counsel, and support women coming out of the sex industry looking for a new way life.  Ellilta restores the dignity of these women and strive to bring about freedom and restoration to people and places that are marginalized, abused, and neglected. For more than two decades, hundreds of women have gone through the program and many of them have begun to work at Women at Risk to help more women find healing and safety.

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Original staff

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Current staff

Here is a story from one of these women…

Helen grew up with her family in Nazreth (Adama town). When she was a grade seven student she started relationship with a boy from her classmate and after they stayed in relationship for a year she got pregnant and Helen was very happy when she knew about it because her dream was to spend the rest of her life with the man she fell in love with. Then Helen told everything for her boyfriend but he responds he had nothing to do with the pregnancy she don’t not expect this could happen to her because she trusted him so much so Helen decided not to tell anyone about her pregnancy not even for her parents because she knew they are not able to support the coming baby. Then Helen thought that the only way she can survive is to drop out of school and start working by her own to make money. As Helen was searching for a job a friend of her informed her there is available job in a hotel so Helen decided to start working the next day.

Starting From that day, Helen started working as prostitute at the age of 19 but she was not happy by her life that she was isolated both from her family and the society. After working in the sex work for seven years one night Helen meets with counsellors from Ellilta women At risk in the night visit and they talked to her to come to the program if she want to change her life. Then Helen was very excited and willing to join the program so she was registered to start the program. Then she was accepted in the rehabilitation program and during her stay in Ellilta she was a very cleaver woman that can be a role model for others in prostitution.

Currently, Helen is working as a chef in Ellilta women At risk also she got married and a mother of 4 child. Helen claim that her world view has totally changed because of the teachings she took from Ellilta. Helen also learned the meaning of love, hope and happiness from the staff and she is able to reflect what she learned for others. Helen wants to say God bless you and thank you for those who were supporting her while she was in the program.

Due to the sensitive material in this content, we have changed the name of the woman.

MOCHATERNS

Mochatern Monday : welcome our new Fall interns!

interns fall 2015Name: Lana Sydenstricker

Hometown: Bartlett, Ohio

University / Year / Major: Lipscomb University / Junior / Public Relations

Favorite place? Vienna, Austria or Crikvenica, Croatia

Walk up song?: Riptide by Vance Joy

Nashville bucket list? Go to Percy Priest Lake, Pinewood Social, all of the new coffee shops that I haven’t been to, and go to another concert at The Ryman.

How do you take your mocha [coffee]? I love all coffee! I can drink it black, or I can drink it with cream and honey.

Guilty pleasure? Sitting on the couch with a fall candle lit, drinking green tea, watching Hallmark Christmas movies… any time of year!

Why are you excited about interning with Mocha Club? I am excited to intern at The Mocha Club because I love the mission behind it and I am excited to learn more about the way a nonprofit runs. The fact that it is an organization that combines two of my favorite things, coffee AND missions, makes me excited to jump right in and help!

 

Name: Annabelle Bright

Hometown: Memphis, TN

University / Year / Major: Belmont University / Junior / Social Entrepreneurship and Spanish

Favorite place? Vero Beach, FL

Walk up song? “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Nashville bucket list? The Escape Game, Pinewood Social, Run the Country Music Marathon, Bring good, healthy food to the food desert areas through community gardens, Full Moon Hike in Percy Warner Park, Bluegrass Underground Concert, Help love and improve the lives of the homeless in Nashville

How do you take your mocha [coffee]? As coffee ice cream

Guilty pleasure? Half-baked chocolate chip cookies

Why are you excited about interning with Mocha Club? I love Africa, and I am really excited to get to work with such a great organization for my first internship. I’m looking forward to having responsibilities and doing my small part to help and love others across the world from us.

Member Spotlight, PERSPECTIVES, Uncategorized

1 person. 10 years. 201 Mochas. 1,000s of lives.

Amanda has been a Mocha Club member since the beginning. She joined back in August of 2005 and has been giving up her mochas ever since to support our development projects all over the continent of Africa. She has given up 201 mochas and impacted thousands of lives. We caught up with her to chat about her involvement with Mocha Club and ask how much she’s been missing those mochas…

amandaWhen did you first hear about Mocha Club and join?

I first heard about Mocha Club at Matt Wertz’s rep show in July 2005 in Nashville. A friend and I were among the first to sign up, and I am proud to have been a member for over ten years.

What makes you passionate about Mocha Club and be part of it?

Knowing that a small donation of $7 a month can do so much for people in need (for example, feeding a family of 4 or providing clean water for a year) makes me a firm believer that there’s no reason to NOT be a part of Mocha Club. I earn $7 in less than a half hour at my job on any given day- if I can afford to buy lunch out once in awhile, there’s no reason I can’t afford to not put that money toward a cause where it can do so much more than provide one restaurant-quality meal to one person that doesn’t really need it.

You’ve been a member for 10 years! How does it feel to have been giving up mochas for that long – do you know how many you’ve given up?

It was hard at first, but I’ve struck a compromise with myself by simply going from fancy coffee drinks to hot or iced black coffee that I make at home. If I do the math, that comes out to…

We actually did the math for you – you’ve given up a total of 201 mochas throughout the past 10 years! Does that surprise you? Have you even missed them?

I have definitely not missed them, and neither has my wallet or waistline :) That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a treat once in awhile- but only when they’re buy one get one free or half price!

Would you tell a friend about Mocha Club?

I absolutely would- and I have! I have worked the Mocha Club table a few times at shows, and I love engaging in conversation with people so they can learn just how far $7 a month goes. The satisfaction I get from knowing that a small sacrifice is doing so much to help people in need far outweighs the cost of my monthly donation.

I can only hope that this organization is here for years to come so that it may continue to use live music as a tool for building a bridge between fans and the people that so desperately need our help. It’s easy to take what we have for granted (clean water, access to food, etc.), but making a small sacrifice of $7 a month is an easy way for anyone to make a difference.

 

ARTISTS

#mochaclubontheroad with Veridia

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New MC artist, Veridia is heading out on tour and Mocha Club will be joining them at all their shows! Help support our friends in Africa by volunteering at the Mocha Club table THIS FALL!

 We need 2 people to work the Mocha Club table at each of the concerts listed below.  Would you be available? It will be a fun night sharing about Mocha Club and welcoming new people into our community. We can’t do this without you! Email tourhelp@themochaclub.org with the date + location of the show where you would like to volunteer.
A fun bonus is that Mocha Club table staff get free admission to the concert!
September 15 : Birmingham, AL
September 16 : Little Rock, AR
September 17 : Houston, TX
September 18 : Dallas, TX
September 19 : Oklahoma City, OK
September 22 : Springfield, MO
September 23 : Kansas City, MO
September 24 : St. Louis, MO
September 25 : Indianapolis, IN
September 27 : Chicago, IL
September 29 : Grand Rapids, MI
September 30 : Detroit, MI
October 2 : Columbus, OH
October 3 : Covington, KY
October 4 : Cleveland, OH
October 9 : Nashville, TN
ARTISTS

#mochaclubontheroad with Two Birds/One Stone tour

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Matt Wertz + Dave Barnes are heading out on tour and Mocha Club will be joining them at all their shows! Help support our friends in Africa by volunteering at the Mocha Club table THIS FALL!

 We need 2 people to work the Mocha Club table at each of the concerts listed below.  Would you be available? It will be a fun night sharing about Mocha Club and welcoming new people into our community. We can’t do this without you! Email tourhelp@themochaclub.org with the date + location of the show where you would like to volunteer.
A fun bonus is that Mocha Club table staff get free admission to the concert!
September 3 : Chicago, IL
September 25 : Charlotte, NC
September 26 : Raleigh, NC
October 11 : San Francisco, CA
November 12 : Atlanta, GA
November 13 : Birmingham, AL
ARTISTS

#mochaclubontheroad with Jimmy Needham

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Jimmy Needham is heading out on tour and Mocha Club will be joining him at all his shows! Help support our friends in Africa by volunteering at the Mocha Club table THIS FALL!

 We need 2 people to work the Mocha Club table at each of the concerts listed below.  Would you be available? It will be a fun night sharing about Mocha Club and welcoming new people into our community. We can’t do this without you! Email tourhelp@themochaclub.org with the date + location of the show where you would like to volunteer.
A fun bonus is that Mocha Club table staff get free admission to the concert!
September 11 : Pineville, LA
September 12 : Springdale, AR
September 18 : Jacksonville, FL
September 20 : Charleston, TN
October 17 : Lubbock, TX
October 24 : Los Angeles, CA
October 25 : Los Angeles, CA
MOCHATERNS, PERSPECTIVES

Mochatern Monday : 08.10.15

mochaternsIt’s so hard to believe that my time here at Mocha Club has come to an end. It feels like it was just my first day, yet it’s August, and the fall semester is right around the corner. My time here was incredible and I’ll miss every bit of it- from the people, to the meetings, the funny conversations, the projects I got to be a part of, and even the donuts I couldn’t eat because I’m allergic to gluten.

Being able to be a part of a wonderful no-profit surrounded by a team of lovely people was enough to make the internship worthwhile. The team here at Mocha Club is so incredibly dedicated to the work they do both in-house and on the ground in Africa. The number of lives that have been impacted shows just how much Mocha Club has made a difference – if only y’all could see all the hard work that goes into everything. I knew that a lot of hard work had to go into making Mocha Club as successful as it is, but I didn’t quite know just the scale of hard work and dedication it included. I can’t even tell you how many meetings I sat in on to prepare  the 10th Anniversary, each meeting no shorter than two hours. That alone shows how much each person on this team cares; they care enough to spend countless hours to make each and every thing they do virtually perfect.

But, it’s time for the next batch of Mochaterns to enter the office. Get ready, y’all: it’s going to be some of the best few months of your life! I’m so thankful for the time I got to spend here at Mocha Club and the friends I got to make.

Wait! I can’t say “until next time” anymore! I don’t know what to say… I guess this’ll do.

Until we hopefully (fingers-crossed) meet again,

Maddie

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INSPIRATION, MERCHANDISE, Uncategorized

Sevenly + Mocha Club

We are excited that Sevenly has asked to partner with us again this year! They have been inspired by the work we do at Lizulu Orphan Care project in Malawi and they’ve created designs to raise support for the children.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with more than a million orphans primarily due to HIV/AIDS. Lizulu is a rural Malawian community where the average family lives on less than $0.75 a day. It is home to approximately 3,000 orphans living with limited or no support.

Go check out the Sevenly site all week long – for each shirt sold, they will donate $7 to the Mocha Club and Lizulu Orphan Care!

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Education, FROM THE FIELD

I’m With the Band

Every week, three times a week, there’s a new noise coming from the New Dawn campus. It has a beat. It has soul. Yup. It’s a…band! The school has partnered with a local volunteer who is loaning the instruments temporarily and also instructing the students on playing drums and trumpet. At some point soon, they’ll need new instruments. For now, the students are enjoying a new element of their education that you support. Play on!