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Mocha Club Journey 2016 : Meet the team!

T minus one month and we will be heading out on the Mocha Club Journey 2016!

This summer we are headed to Ethiopia and Kenya!  We will spend time with our partners at Women at Risk in both the capital city of Addis Ababa, and in Nazareth, a town a few hours outside of the city. We will also visit New Dawn Educational Centre and Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. The trip will be 12 days long and we team up with the local indigenous leaders in each country to serve alongside them in the orphanages, schools, and other various projects that Mocha Club supports.

We have assembled & would like to introduce you to our team…

Trip Leaders:

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Curtis Stoneberger has been a long-time friend of Mocha Club and currently stands as the Director of US Programs. His first trip to Africa was a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with MC Artist, Sidewalk Prophets. He enjoys rides on his motorcycle, family time at his cabin, and music.

 

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Fallon Klug officially joined the Mocha Club team in Nashville in early 2013, but has   been a long-time member and supporter.  As the MC Manager of Administration, she’ll make sure your trip to Africa is just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club! Fallon loves dancing, her puppy Henry, and leftovers.

 

 


IMG_2833Meet Allie.

I am a Mocha Club member and a graduate student currently living in Lansing, Michigan. I love hearing people’s stories and having a heart for children led me to pursue a degree in school psychology. I love to spend as much time outside as I can (even if that’s only April-October in Michigan!). I find joy in: coffee, music, books, dancing (poorly), and helping others feel seen, heard, or appreciated.

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Meet Lizzie.

I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, but I guess I finally got tired of the rain so I packed up my car and moved to the south! From 9 to 5, I work as a personal banker for consumers and small businesses. The rest of my time is filled with friends, Mexican food, sailing, Netflix, runs in the park, and politely asking strangers if I can pet their dog. I’ve been a Mocha Club member since 2010 so I’m incredibly excited to be joining them on this trip and so grateful for the opportunity to visit all the places and meet all the people behind the amazing projects they support.

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Meet Brittany.

I am the Executive Director/Founder of a Nonprofit called Beneath The Skin. We provide Peer to Peer mentoring and resources to youth and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, etc. in order to support, equip, and guide them on a path of self-love and worthiness. I have an incredibly supportive Husband who travels as a touring musician full time, he had the opportunity to meet Katie with the Mocha Club which in turn, allowed us to get more involved. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to go on this adventure and learn from the incredible people of Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as the group I will be traveling with! The Mocha Club is truly changing lives and to play even a small role through supporting their mission and giving back is the least I could do! 

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Meet Robby.

I was raised in south Louisiana, surrounded by the arts! Drawing, painting and music were all big parts of my life. When I was about 13yrs old, photography stepped into the picture (do pun intended..)!

I fell in love with taking photographs at the same time I fell in love with a cute blonde in my grade that some years down the road for some crazy reason said yes to marrying me!

We moved to Nashville during our first year of marriage to continue the pursuit of wold domination via. entertainment photography and once we arrived in music city, we really hit our stride! 

4yrs later, we live in East Nashville with our 2 kids Charlie Brown (Chocolate Lab) and Dwayne Michael “Carter” III (Golden Retriever). I’m working mainly in the entertainment, celebrity and editorial worlds of photography, traveling often and enjoying every minute I get here in Music City!

Website : robbyklein.com

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 Meet Steve.

Booking live concerts and personal appearances, managing day-to-day business affairs, and assisting artists and other talented entertainers with long-term strategies for their careers is what I’ve called work for the past 23 years.  I spent almost 19 of those years working for a nationally recognized booking agency and artist management group.  However, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long and it’s hardly felt like work… at least most of the time.  Yes, the business side of the industry can try anyone’s patience, but I cannot express how grateful I am to have had this privilege of working with some of the most creative and artistic people in the world.  I think seeing, hearing, and experiencing things that reflect God’s image to the world around us, whether the artist acknowledges it or not, is truly something special.

Originally from Los Angeles, I lived there until 2008 when my family and I moved to Dallas.  After spending eight valuable years in Texas, we moved to Nashville in October of 2015.  Although I continue to travel throughout the year to oversee Stonewood Entertainment’s concerts and special events, my greatest joy is spending time with my wife Jen, our five children (Piper, Elijah, Ryleigh, Micah, and Josiah) and our new community of friends and neighbors.  And when I’m not at home, I enjoy playing basketball, camping, reading, listening to music, trying new desserts, and riding motocross.  Tell me about an adventure and an opportunity to see God at work… and you’ve got my attention!

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Mocha Club Journey Stop #3 : Women at Risk

Next summer we are headed out on a journey to Africa with visit Ethiopia and Kenya! Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. 

We will take the next couple of weeks to introduce you each of the spots we will be visiting on our journey!


Last up: our partners at Women at Risk.

Sunday morning we will attend church with our Ethiopian country director, Asrat Gizaw. Attending church in Africa can be a powerful and moving experience. After the service, the team will spend some time talking with Asrat, and learning about the large pastor training programs that he facilitates in Ethiopia.

We will set out early for Nazaret, where one of our Women at Risk facilities is located. The location is outside of the city of Addis Ababa, and will present an opportunity to see a somewhat different side of Ethiopia. Upon arrival, the team will meet with Cherry Friedmeyer, the director of the Women at Risk program. Cherry will give the group a tour of the facility and talk about how the organization came to be. The story showcases how one small effort can turn into what is now a life-changing program.

We will take another day to visit more of the city of Addis Ababa with Asrat as our guide. We will also have the opportunity to visit with some of the teachers and students of the Common Ground Pastors Academy through our parent company, African Leadership.

<< APPLY TODAY>>

(or download the application & mail in):

Mocha Club
P.O. Box 2888
Brentwood, TN 37024-2888

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Mocha Club Journey Stop #2 : Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO)

Next summer we are headed out on a journey to Africa with visit Ethiopia and Kenya! Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. 

We will take the next couple of weeks to introduce you each of the spots we will be visiting on our journey!


Next up: our partners at HEKO.

We will finish up our visits with our partners as we travel to Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa and home to the Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO). HEKO provides mental, physical, and spiritual support primarily to women impacted by HIV/AIDS. We will spend the day meeting, engaging, and praying with members of a HEKO support group, alongside founders and group leaders Peter and Monica Odero.

<< APPLY TODAY>>

(or download the application & mail in):

Mocha Club
P.O. Box 2888
Brentwood, TN 37024-2888

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Mocha Club Journey Stop #1 : New Dawn Educational Centre

Next summer we are headed out on a journey to Africa to visit Ethiopia and Kenya! Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. 

We will take the next couple of weeks to introduce you each of the spots we will be visiting on our journey!


First up: our partners at New Dawn Educational Centre.

We will start our journey traveling to the Huruma slum, the location of New Dawn Educational Center. The Huruma slum provides an interesting contrast to the urban city of Nairobi. Driving into Huruma is like a trip into another world, where dirt roads extend into a maze of small, shack-like houses. We will travel into the slum and drive past the tight groupings of small houses, built primarily out of scrap wood and sheets of metal, giving us an idea of the living conditions of the New Dawn students.

We will spend the day at the New Dawn Educational Center, learning about the students and the services provided by the school.

We will have a chance to interact with students and teachers, see the classrooms, and visit the garden that the school cultivates. We will spend the remainder or the day engaging and serving under the direction of the school’s founder Irene Tongoi.

The following day we will travel back to Huruma and spend the day learning more about the students who live in the slum. The slum itself is notoriously ridden with drug and alcohol issues that have kept many of its inhabitants in poverty. We will learn about the opportunity that New Dawn provides for its students within this environment and continue to engage. This visit is intended to provide perspective and understanding of the lives of the students at New Dawn, and we will spend our time serving them in whatever ways we can.

<< APPLY TODAY>>

(or download the application & mail in):

Mocha Club
P.O. Box 2888
Brentwood, TN 37024-2888

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Join MOCHA CLUB on a trip to Africa!

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Has it been life-long dream to travel to Africa? Do you have a heart to serve others around the world? Do you love to meet new people and find friends with common interests?

If you answered YES to any of the above, join the Mocha Club JOURNEY trip to Africa this summer!


This summer we are headed to Ethiopia and Kenya!  We will spend time with our partners at Women at Risk in both the capital city of Addis Ababa, and in Nazareth, a town a few hours outside of the city. We will also visit New Dawn Educational Centre and Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. The trip will be 12 days long and we team up with the local indigenous leaders in each country to serve alongside them in the orphanages, schools, and other various projects that Mocha Club supports.

  • Dates: June 12- June 23, 2016  (dates could vary 1-2 days on each side, depending on flight availability)
  • Cost: $4,000
  • Trip Details: Click here!
  • Interested? Email trips(at)themochaclub.org. We will follow up with details! But don’t wait too long… space is limited! 

<< APPLY TODAY>>

(or download the application & mail in):

Mocha Club
P.O. Box 2888
Brentwood, TN 37024-2888


Meet Your Trip Leaders:

IMG_0112  Curtis Stoneberger has been a long-time friend of Mocha Club and currently stands as the Director of US Programs. His first trip to Africa was a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with MC Artist, Sidewalk Prophets. He enjoys rides on his motorcycle, family time at his cabin, and music.

 

Fallon Mocha Club Trip Leader  Fallon officially joined the Mocha Club team in Nashville in early 2013, but has   been a long-time member and supporter.  As the MC Manager of Administration, she’ll make sure your trip to Africa is just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club! Fallon loves dancing, her puppy Henry, and leftovers.

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Internship Opportunity : Travel to Uganda!

Ever dreamed of living in Africa for a time and working on the ground directly with the partners and projects you support?  We have an incredible opportunity for you!

As part of the African Leadership family, our partners at Know Think Act are offering an amazing internship experience in Uganda.  Interns will have the opportunity to work with Mocha Club partners on the ground in Africa for six months!

 

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“We are looking for a Uganda Program Coordinator to live and work in Kaihura, Uganda for approximately six months. This individual will be responsible for coordinating our ongoing work with Bringing Hope to the Family, a Partner of Know Think Act. Their duties will be threefold: working with volunteer teams on the ground, telling the story of Know Think Act through social media, and training our Partner’s staff in working with our organization. The Uganda Program Coordinator will be trained at our Nashville offices before they depart for Uganda, as well as trained by KTA staff on the ground once in Uganda. They will be required to fundraise for the position and will be paid a monthly stipend out of this amount. The assignment will last approximately six months with the option of extending upon approval from Know Think Act and Bringing Hope to the Family.”

>> INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS & HOW TO APPLY HERE <<

 

 

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Giving is Lovely

Back in May, we had the awesome #KenyaMocha live stream and you all joined Annie and the team to raise money for our teachers at New Dawn! As a thank you, Jessi + Lindsey designed a one-of-a-kind print and anyone who joined Mocha Club that night had a chance to be the winner of the original art piece.

Congratulations to Shannon! She was our lucky recipient of this beautiful canvas.

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“I first heard about Mocha Club at the Influence Conference in 2012. Having several friends participate in Purpose Projects, I began following the organizations work more closely. The more I learned, the more I was excited about their commitment to Africa. Seeing Annie Downs, who I also heard at the Influence Conference a year later, partner with Mocha Club sealed the deal for me.

I live in Washington DC, one of the nation’s worst public education systems. I partner with an education focused organization here in DC helping to mentor and tutor underserved children. Seeing this issue first hand has made me realize not only how great the need is, but what a tremendous impact each small contribution can make. When Annie Downs asked people to join her in supporting the New Dawn Education Centre, it was a no brainer. Yes! I want my money and time to support education across the globe, because education changes generations.” 

Giving is lovely. Thank you all for giving each month and impacting so many lives in Africa.

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New classrooms at New Dawn!

There has been some major work and renovations being done over in Kenya at New Dawn Education Centre and it’s all THANKS TO YOU!

 Annie shared her heart for Mocha Club and Education through her 10K Purpose Project and she asked you to join her to support our teachers and students with four new classrooms. And you did!  Your small sacrifices have turned multiple classrooms of hot shipping containers into a cool center for learning and success for everyone stepping through the doors.  Check out the progress…

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Not a member but want to join us in supporting Education?  Join for $18/month and change your small sacrifices into a big impact.  As, a THANK YOU, we will send you a free  in-house designed print by Jessi from Naptime Diaries + Lindsay from Lindsay Letters AND two autographed copies of “Let’s All Be Brave” by Annie Downs + “Speak” by Nish Weiseth.

Already a member? Share this post and invite a friend or family member to join the club and BOTH of you will receive all these items for free as a THANK YOU!

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Mochatern Monday : 06.16.14

Hi guys! Hope you all had great weekends and spent some quality time with the special men in your life – happy late Father’s Day to all you dads!

Last week was an eventful one around our offices – lots of action! We worked hard to finish up some preparation work for an African Leadership trip that will head to Malawi soon. Even though our work may seem indirect in the moment, tasks like this remind us that we are working for something so much bigger than ourselves!

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We also received the prints from the #kenyamocha hangout that took place a couple weeks ago that Jessi of Naptime Diaries and Lindsay from Lindsay Letters made for us – and they’re beautiful! Each person who joins the Mocha Club to support Education and a teacher’s salary at New Dawn gets one of these great prints! We shipped them out on Friday – so if you are one of our new members, be checking your mail for your goodie!

Not a member? Join here for $18/month and change your small sacrifices into a big impact.  As, a THANK YOU, not only will we send you this print but ALSO two autographed copies of “Let’s All Be Brave” by Annie Downs + “Speak” by Nish Weiseth.

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Join with Annie + the #KenyaMocha team!

A week after it was announced that the #KenyaMocha trip was postponed, Annie + the rest of the team gathered in Nashville to continue showing support to the teachers and students at New Dawn.  They hosted a live stream event where they were able to connect with YOU and answer questions. Check out the highlights below!

We have had many new Mocha Club members join to support a teacher at New Dawn but we still need you!  Join now and help provide a teacher at New Dawn with salary for a year.  Together with our small sacrifices, we can make a BIG difference in the life of a teacher and furthermore, in the lives of all the students she impacts.

When you join the Mocha Club at $18 a month, as a THANK YOU, you will receive…

  • an autographed copy of “Let’s All Be Brave” by Annie Downs
  • an autographed copy of “Speak” by Nish Weiseth
  • an in-house designed print by Jessi from Naptime Diaries + Lindsay from Lindsay Letters

 

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Already a member? Share this post and invite a friend or family member to join the club and BOTH of you will receive all these items for free as a THANK YOU!