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What really is the problem in Africa?

Extreme poverty affects 414,000,000 people in Africa. When you add war, drought, and refugee camps to this story, this problem becomes even more complex and overwhelming. As change-makers, we see this poverty as the villain and we want to fight. But how?

Poverty is complex. There are many reasons why it exists. There are many necessary interventions to eradicate it – like education, water, shelter and safety, healthcare, food, and jobs. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Because like you, each community has a unique history and set of circumstances. To leave a lasting impact on a community, you must learn and know that community. In order to eradicate extreme poverty, we have to work intentionally, community by community, dream by dream.

At Mocha Club, this is what we do. We interact with communities all across the continent and learn what makes them unique. We work intentionally with local leaders in these communities to hear their dreams of how they want to fight extreme poverty. And we join them in the fight.

Because real, lasting change starts with change-makers – both local leaders and people just like you. Men and women who explore ideas, resources and problems to enact creative solutions to the many faces of extreme poverty. And here’s the great news: the number of change-makers is greater than the number of people in extreme poverty. Every individual affected by poverty wants change – they are fighting this villain from the front lines. We are joining them in this fight. Together, we are bigger and stronger than 414,000,000!

Collectively, we have what it takes to fight extreme poverty; we’ve seen it. We know change-makers with specific skills, we’ve met local leaders who know their communities inside and out, we have friends with passion, conviction, and tireless enthusiasm for the fight. We are spread across the globe – in homes, villages, apartments and hostels. We are an international community of change-makers who leverage who we are, give what we have, use what we know, and learn what we don’t to fight extreme poverty and leave an impact we know will last across Africa.

So where do YOU fit in?

It may be taking a trip with us to hear from our local leaders directly and use your own unique skills to lend a hand. It may be leveraging your voice and social media to share about these leaders and their dreams with your family and friends. Or maybe it’s simply joining our giving community and supporting these leaders from right where you are.

Will you join our community of change-makers?

FROM THE FIELD, INSPIRATION, Orphan Care

This is change in Congo

Meet Denis. He is one change-maker in this global community you are a part of. For the last 20 years, he has worked to better the lives of orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amidst war, chaos, and trauma, he remains unwavering in his commitment to affect real and sustainable change in his corner of the world.

He is passionately playing the part he is uniquely made for and gifted to play. Denis is a wonderful example of what’s possible when this community of change-makers leverages who we are, gives what we have, uses what we know and learns what we don’t to leave a lasting impact.

Thank you for walking alongside men and women like Denis. There are many roles in this international community and we couldn’t make this kind of impact without you. As Denis so fiercely states: “We have to help the others. We have to work for the others who do not know.”

Thank you for helping Denis and others like him work for those who do not know.

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You are one of the greatest ways to change the world

At Mocha Club, we believe you are one of the greatest ways to change the world and fight extreme poverty. Because you have assets that no one else does. The things you’ve learned, the things you love, the experiences you’ve had are all resources you can use to better the world around you. We’ve seen people just like you transform their communities and create lasting impact. And we believe that the more friends who are willing to be a part of this international community of change-makers, the bigger the reach of real and sustainable change we can create across Africa.

But instead of telling you about how valuable your role can be, it’s easier to show it to you…

Mocha Club is an international community of change-makers who:

  • Leverage who we are
  • Give what we have
  • Use what we know
  • Learn what we don’t

To fight extreme poverty and leave an impact we know will last across Africa. 

Will you join our community of change-makers?


We want to learn more about you and your unique value! If you fill out the following survey, we can update you on places and opportunities we learn about where you can use your skills to change the world. And we’d love to send you a free magnet so don’t forget to include your mailing address! Don’t worry, we’ll take care not to barrage your inbox or mailbox!

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When Africa Comes to Nashville

A team of five Mocha Club members made a 25-hour trek to Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, August 3rd. For three of them, this was their first time to travel with Mocha Club to Africa. Their purpose was two-fold: to use their assets – their love, their experience organizing fundraising races here in the US, and their capacity to care well for others; and to learn from the ingenuity, the solutions, and the ongoing stamina of the leaders we walk alongside in Africa.

They stopped first in Mombasa, Kenya. This huge port town on the edge of the Indian Ocean is a major stop for many wealthy tourists in Africa. But it’s also the home of one of the world’s largest and last leprosy camps. We’ve shared a bit about Peter Ochiel, but these members wanted to see first-hand what it looks like to love and care for individuals rejected by their communities and ostracized because of a curable disease. They visited homes, they removed parasites from children’s hands and feet, they laughed and shared meals with the staff and families who give their whole lives in this corner of the world.

Next, they moved to the Huruma slum to spend three days with Irene Tongoi. Many of these Mocha Club members have helped organize a fundraising race here in the US to support the work Irene is doing in the New Dawn school. As she and her staff prepared for the second annual running in Nairobi, she prayed God would send her additional help and encouragement in the final few days. That help came in the shape of these members, several of whom knew exactly what it looked like to throw a race like this. Their contribution of organization, encouragement, and passion helped make this race highly successful.

When these members got back, they organized a time to share about their trip – and Peter Ochiel was in town – so it was a reunion of sorts. While they were together, we circled back to their original purpose: in what ways had their gifts been helpful in Kenya? Peter’s reply was encouragement. Their presence was seen in this community as such an honor. Their love and encouragement and willingness to touch the skin of an outcast brought joy, and laughter, and dignity. Their touch was a tangible expression of the hours of work Peter puts in every month. As to what they learned, Kathryn mentioned how simple an act it was to engage and ask questions about someone’s story — but also how profound. Fallon nodded her head and added “it’s so simple to give the love I have to another.”

Success was experienced by them all. Community – a sense of belonging and being known, a place where the pronouns used are “we” — was deepened.

Read more from these members and see their trip in pictures here.

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The extraordinary at New Dawn : guest post by Angel Snow

What an experience it was for me to be welcomed to such an extraordinary environment where children are taken in and loved as they truly are.  Visiting New Dawn and their staff had an impact on me that I can’t fully put into words.

New Dawn Educational Center was built to restore hope and bring healing to the Huruma Village and their children. And it is their vision to develop their students mentally, socially, spiritually and physically in accordance with Luke 2:52.

I found myself spending time with several of their talented staff including David who teaches biology and chemistry and is the academic master for New Dawn High School.

He was kind enough to share his experiences as an educator and how humble these kids are.

Song “Maze” from singer/songwriter, Angel Snow

All I know for sure is the love and confidence that shine through these students at New Dawn comes from a source beyond us yet also exists in the hearts of the brilliant staff that God has chosen to lead them into a better way of life.

To be born into an environment where the living situation is not ideal, and to eventually be seated in a place where education, unconditional love, spiritual and emotional support flow from God’s chosen people is such a blessing beyond anything I can imagine. It must be such a life changing experience that only they can fully tell you about! I am so thankful to know that there are critical changes taking place all over the world today especially at New Dawn School. I know my experience there is only scratching the surface of what God has in store for these children and the generations to come.

I can’t wait to return! So happy to be a part of something so extraordinary!

Angel Snow, Mocha Club Journey 2018 trip member

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Our time at Blessed Camp : guest post by Kathryn Tuck

Hey, Kathryn here!

I’m one of the members of the Mocha Club Journey 2018 team!  I’m excited to share the first-half of our journey with you at Blessed Camp through my photos below:

Meet Beatrice. She shares her talent of sewing by teaching other women in the community sewing skills so they are able to support their families.  Here, my team member, Fallon purchased a skirt sewn by Beatrice; and her sweet daughter, Favour wanted to join the picture!                                                                                                                                          >>>>

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What a blessing these children were. We loved playing with them and learning about how they keep busy…no iPhones, iPads or tv, just their beautiful imaginations!  These girls found a rope, so of course, jump rope it is!  We also experienced jump rope without a rope…try that at home!

 

 

 

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Peter, also known as ‘Pastah — Director of Action Ministry and Mocha Club partner, walked us through the first edition of Blessed Camp, which was originally known as Rejected Village.  Next to the leprosy hospital, patients were not welcome back to their homes, therefore they had to create their own community.  Today Blessed Camp is full of love, life and lots of laughter!  Here you see individuals going about daily life — carrying wood and making concrete.

And Mother Margaret, “Maggie”, welcomed us into her home.  She was one of the first people to arrive in Blessed Camp and due to leprosy has difficulty walking. But rain or shine, finds her way to church every Sunday!                                                                             >>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second day we were at Blessed Camp, we helped participate in their weekly sanitation and prevention of parasites known as jiggers. The leaders of Blessed Camp along with Doctor John are able to serve not only the children in the school, but have opened their doors to the entire community of children.            >>>>

 

 

 

What is Blessed Camp planning next? A guest house for future visitors!

 

Our trip to Blessed Camp was short and sweet, however we will treasure these memories forever!  And, of course, never forget these sweet faces that greeted us every morning and left us with big smiles!

 

Education, FROM THE FIELD

How your love stretches all the way to Kenya

Thirty-two years ago, with 3 young children in tow, Irene started attending a new church in an affluent part of downtown Nairobi. Surrounded by international consulates, embassies and ambassador residences, this church offered Irene a sense of security as she sought to minister to the affluent neighborhood. But soon, she discovered the other side of the hill.

Tucked behind the embassies and gated homes was a pitted, dirt road with a gate – not to keep people out, but to keep the slum dwellers in – trapped in lives of extreme poverty, ostracized from the opulence around them. It would be several years later that Irene would choose to step past the gate and enter their world of extreme poverty. What she discovered was cycles of poverty and powerlessness which cemented their feelings of hopelessness. She quickly realized the value of her degree in Education and knew she had to act.

This was the beginning of the New Dawn Educational Center – a secondary school for children in the slum who otherwise would be forced to end their education after primary school. Since the founding in 2002, Irene has been the chief champion for nearly 400 students who have walked the halls of this high school. When we asked her why she said “Christ’s love compels me to make the most of the time I have here on earth – it is awfully short and people are desperately in need of love! I felt compelled to show this love of God practically to the people of Huruma whose lives spoke of a people who had reason not to believe in a loving God.”

Irene goes on to say “Not all human needs require financial solutions; God provides us all that we need to create solutions that witness to His love, forgiveness, and material provision for the nations. He raises us for such a time as this.”

When we asked her how you can continue to help, Irene’s reply was “you can help me do this better by praying for me to overcome my inner limitations. You can come here and help me love on the New Dawn community. We love each other better by genuinely caring – this is demonstrated through giving time to each other and sharing material things.” We couldn’t agree more! Check out how these US partners are choosing to love Irene in person this month.

Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll be showcasing the ways we see loved people love people across our network. We’d love to hear from you! Why do you give or volunteer? How have you been loved? Share your story with us online – hashtag #LovedPeopleLovePeople & #mochaclub and we’ll send you a Mocha Club magnet!

Follow the Mocha Club team on the 2018 Mocha Club Journey!

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Meet a Member: Fallon

Meet Fallon. Fallon works for Mocha Club and is passionately supportive of our partners like Irene. Twelve years ago, a 10-year-old girl in Nashville heard a call to care for those with physical needs in Africa. Over a period of time, she, her family, an army of volunteers and Irene linked arms to put on a race in Nashville to raise funds for New Dawn. The race was so successful, they ran it 9 more times.

Irene’s vision was to take an idea that was started here in the US and tweak it to work in Africa. With the blessing of the race volunteers and this young girl, Irene boldly decided to take the idea and invite local Kenyans to help financially support New Dawn. On August 11th, 2018, Irene will be running the 2nd annual Run For Hope in Nairobi, Kenya. Earlier this year, when Irene asked for help and guidance, encouragement, and helpers, Fallon was all in. Along with here, a group of four people from Nashville jumped on a plane to help Irene facilitate this race.

When we asked Fallon why she was going she said “whenever I see someone giving from themselves for someone else’s benefit, I want to be a part of it. I love being a part of a community of givers that are helping a community of dreamers.” Of Irene she said “Irene and New Dawn are a clear picture of the word unstoppable. A woman had a dream to provide education for kids in her community. Logistics, costs, labor, and details did not stop her. Her own self-doubt did not stop her. And now, the kids that attend New Dawn are also unstoppable. Their lack of resources or situation in life do not stop them from achieving their dream to go to school and learn. They are a constant example to me of how to push through my own circumstances and be unstoppable in my dreams and desires.”

When Fallon referenced her own skills and resources she said, “I have been given the gift of time and money and I want to use them well. The Lord has given me a heart to learn and appreciate people and cultures of all kinds and any opportunity to learn more – and love more – I want to take.

Follow Fallon and her team on Instagram and Facebook as they travel across Kenya and support and encourage the New Dawn staff and students.

Also, you can meet the members of the 2018 Mocha Club Journey team here!

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When you thrive, we thrive.

I am convinced of the idea that when you thrive, we thrive.

Its nothing new or special – but its true. The concept that the whole is only as great as the sum of its parts. This is true in families, its true in classrooms, its true in communities. And its why we do what we do at Mocha Club. We believe that as we strengthen individuals within the communities we serve in Africa, we add to their ability to thrive together. When we work to create thriving individuals who understand the concept that “Loved people love people” they choose to leverage all that they have and all that they are to love well the people around them and create a space for themselves collectively to flourish.

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I have spent some time recently with our African leaders and continue to hear of the power of this work. When the time is taken to invest in the lives of men and women leaders, communities thrive. As we invest in these leaders, they are gaining language, awareness, and skills to care for those in their communities. Often the circumstances of these communities stay hard – they continue to live in war, or drought, or refugee camps – but they thrive. Their perspective has shifted. They are leveraging all of what they have to dream of a future for themselves and their children. And they are flourishing amidst the hard and broken of their surroundings.

Its a gift to work and walk alongside them. I believe we are made to care for others. Its part of our DNA. We want to be a part of something larger than ourselves. We want to leave a legacy. We want to have mattered. This is a space where we can do that! We get to rally with friends from across the United States and leverage what we have and who we are and what we know to care for our friends in Africa. To dream with them. To equip. To walk and work alongside them.

Join our Mocha Club family!

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#MCJourney2018 : meet Fallon!

And last but not least, it’s time to introduce the remaining team member of the Mocha Club Journey 2018!

Lastly…

Meet Fallon!

Hey friends! I’m the trip leader for our journey this August! I officially joined the Mocha Club team in Nashville in early 2013, but have been a long-time member and supporter.  

As the Mocha Club Artist & Member Care Manager, I’ll make sure your trip to Africa is just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club! I love dancing, baseball (Go Tigers!), and leftovers.


The Mocha Club Journey 2018 team is headed to Kenya!  We will spend time with our partners at New Dawn Educational Centre  in Nairobi, Kenya and participate in their second annual Run For Hope 5K! All proceeds from the race help support operations and send kids to school at New Dawn. We will also be visiting another Mocha Club partner, Action Ministry and their founder, Peter Ochiel who serves a leprosy community in Ukunda. Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand how giving to Mocha Club & supporting local leaders creates thriving communities, while having a chance to serve the African people.