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Your mochas can become clean water.

Mocha Club’s community leader writes… Mvera is home to 300 villages in central Malawi. It is pretty difficult to get water in this area — because it is a hilly area full of rocks, the water springs dry out during the dry season and boreholes are hard to drill. There are two wells: one that functions and one that doesn’t and has been broken for years. So the 300 villages in Mvera all rely on this one functioning well — including those who live 3+ miles away from it. 

Mvera is also home to one of Mocha Club’s local community development classes. As the class spent time out in the community, listening to friends, neighbors, and local stakeholders, the gravity of the water situation became very clear — Lack of clean water is something that affects everything and everyone in the community.

Women and girls are often the ones forced to spend their days going back and forth to the one working well; women even keep mats at the well so they can rest while they wait in the long lines and the young girls miss school classes in order to help their families retrieve water.

The students in the community development class found that the local hospital was having a hard time keeping up with the rate of water-borne illnesses. It has even had to push expectant mothers out of the hospital because there is no water. In addition, new businesses don’t want to set up shop in a town without water either.

So the class went to work. They talked to local engineers, parts suppliers, professional builders and plumbers to get suggestions, cost estimates, and timelines. Fixing the old well — which they found out was dug in 1922, originally to 36 meters deep — was time consuming and expensive as it had gotten so full of sand and mud over the past 95 years that it now went only 7 meters deep. So they went back to work, consulting more members of the community and water experts. Turns out they had local resources to complete a piping project that would take water from the functioning well to a new purification tank further out and then, once treated, from the tank through smaller pipes to a distribution area easily accessible by 5,000 people.

They put together a proposal which included a plan for strategically piping water and purifying it for those communities in need. The proposal includes how they would utilize local resources and also the opportunity for funding to make this project become a reality and sent the proposal to Mocha Club’s local Country Director. It went through a few rounds of vetting — ensuring the project was feasible, practical, locally sustainable — now it is time to act.

Here’s where you come in — your mochas can become 5dffe47c3570533b449d773d_372x560Mvera’s clean water. Your everyday generosity, together with the rest of the Mocha Club community, will be the reason 5,000 have safe drinking water, a functioning hospital, fuller schools, and new economic opportunities. And it will be the reason the next community, and the next community, and the next community after Mvera get clean water.

Mocha Club Members, THANK YOU!


Not a member yet? Want to help provide clean water to Mvera and other communities? Will you give up a few extra mochas this World Water Day?

Join today and we’ll send you a Mocha Club water bottle as a thank you!


#mcjourney2017, AFRICA TRIPS, Clean Water, Education, FROM THE FIELD, HIV/AIDS + Healthcare, Orphan Care, Women at Risk

Announcing: Mocha Club Journey 2017 !

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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 2017 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 11- June 22, 2017 (dates could vary 1-2 days on each side, depending on flight availability)
  • Cost: $4,000
  • Trip Details: Click here!
  • Interested? Email trips(at) We will follow up with details! But don’t wait too long… space is limited! 


(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 Executive Vice President of the organization. His first trip to Africa was a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Mocha Club 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 Mocha Club Artist & Member Care Manager, 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.

Clean Water

Before and After : Clean Water All Over the Continent

Mocha Club has been part of fighting for the eradication of poverty for years & we began by focusing on the #1 problem : no access to clean water. Throughout the years, we have worked with our partners to find sustainable solutions to provide clean water – this basic necessity for life – for our friends in Africa. And today, we are celebrating multiple success stories throughout the continent.

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In late 2012, New Dawn Education Centre reported that the rain water catchment system that was put in place as part of the “greening” efforts (making the most of the local environment), was broken due to heavy rains. The lack of clean water not only affected students who rely on the system for drinking water and for watering gardens while at school, but also impacted the local community which has access to the system. Without it, they would have to walk long distances for clean water. Earlier this year, Mocha Club and New Dawn was able to partner with the local community and fix the piping to the system. This was a success in both the repair and also the ability to collectively work with the community to work together for a fix.


sierra leone clean water


In Sierra Leone, without any Stateside influence or unnecessary “how tos,” we received a fully detailed plan, based on the framework laid out in our handbook, on the need for a clean water solution in the leader’s community. The water well would be self sustainable through revenue generating services and completely built and maintained by the local community! We were so thrilled to receive the plan for this water well, especially considering we, in the US offices, have never spent time “doing” community development in Sierra Leone. The only thing it needed was a one-time donation to get things rolling. And, thanks to the Mocha Club Community giving up their small sacrifices, we were able to make that donation! Celebrate with us the creation of the newest Mocha Club clean water solution in Sierra Leone.



And from Lizulu Orphan Care , we hear from the founder, Everton Kamangire:

“We are happy to share that we now have a full water supply to the main centre of the project. Although the project faced difficulties to be implemented and completed, finally the project has succeeded and safe and potable water is flowing down to the centre, and the challenges encountered are just history. We are also selling surplus to the people renting in three nearby houses and to the local Secondary School. We are pumping the water using solar energy.”

“We have embarked on food production (maize) to help reduce costs of some of the food items for the Project. Another reason is to equip the children with different techniques and skills for food production so that in the future they can use and benefit from them especially when they will become independent. We also grow beans. The maize has yet to be harvested.

The Project is also developing a program of giving children food, like the maize, to take home so that they have food at home to eat before they go to bed (supper). This food distribution will occur during the time of year when most households in the villages experience food shortages.”

Clean Water, INSPIRATION, PERSPECTIVES, Uncategorized

Be Inspired : Mark, author of Zen Pig

Our team at Mocha Club loves working and living in Nashville, Tennessee – a place known for it’s community and the inspiration from it’s members. These individuals are the best in their craft and we want to share them with you!  This blog series features locals that inspire us through their unique/beautiful/innovative…we could go on and on..approach to life, business and community.  We love their businesses and  want to showcase them in this new series – where simply,  we want to inspire others by what inspires us.

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What motivated you to start your book, and how has it grown since it began?

When my wife and I had our first child, Noble, I wanted desperately to guide him away from many of the mistakes I’d made and toward virtues like gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion – ideas and practices that have changed my life radically for the better. But once I was submerged in children’s media (like all parents eventually are), there wasn’t really anything I could present to him that nurtured those seeds.  So much of children’s media revolves around being a prince, or a princess, living in a castle, or being in a mystical land, there’s definitely a place for that, it’s not a knock.  But “Zen Pig” is here to show kids that you don’t have to be a princess, or a prince, or live in a castle to be happy; and that you don’t have to escape to a fairy tale land – there is infinite beauty and wonder to discover in THIS world in THIS moment.

How has the Nashville community embraced your business?

I want to be completely clear about this, I am utterly blown away, honored, and humbled by how much support Nashville has given the “Zen Pig” series and myself.  Local residents and retailers are the reason “Zen Pig” is still here and it’s success is all theirs.

What’s the story behind the name, “Zen Pig”?

The title of the series, and name of the main character is simply a testament to the philosophy it teaches and the result of mindful living; peace, serenity, and resilient happiness.

What is unique about your books, and what inspires them?

There is no deficit of children’s books, that’s for sure.  But I think “Zen Pig” has begun to stand out due to it’s focus on ideals that all parents wish for their children, minimalist design, and very specific philanthropic cause which teaches children the joy of giving.  Also, people seem to really enjoy the way the books feel, which I think is funny because I said the same thing when I received my first copy for approval!

Tell us about the good you are doing and your partnerships with local missions?

All the good that is manifesting from “Zen Pig” is 100% because of the readers and retailers, not me.  Releasing less than 5 months ago, THEY have already provided over 8000 people clean water for 1 year…it’s unbelievable.  I could not be more grateful – truly.  African Leadership and Mocha Club has been such a tremendous partner in all of this.  The difference between this non-profit and the many of the others we had considered partnering with is astounding.  They have provided transparency, support, and incredible kindness!


**Give to clean water now and buy Zen Pig at!


No one got Ebola and malaria is down 50%

We’ve shared that the water well you funded in Sierra Leone was that community’s ONLY source of clean water during the Ebola outbreak. Well, the one-year evaluation of the project is in, and the results are amazing. First off, not a single Ebola case was recorded in the community, partly due to the presence of this well. That means that nearly 550 school kids could get fresh water. When they came back to school after the Ebola hiatus, they were able to keep clean with water from the well and chlorine tablets and soap from the government.

In addition, 225 community families are accessing the well on a regular basis, and 70% of those families are practicing better hygiene because the well is so close.

And it’s the people who use it who are maintaining it and making sure it works. Even during the height of Ebola, they constructed a high perimeter fence with a padlock to keep the water well safe. Local leaders on the ground said this was necessary because rumors circulated that people were purposefully infecting wells with the deadly virus.

Finally, malaria cases decreased by 50% as a result of bed nets and the well.

We could not have asked for a better outcome, and look forward to seeing the community continue to invest in its well, and possibly even help other communities nearby dig a well.

Clean Water, FROM THE FIELD, Uncategorized

Ever Met Zen Pig?

Ever met a Zen Pig? We have. He’s a cute little fella…round nose, full belly and a penchant for being thankful. Zen Pig is the star of a children’s book by Mocha Club friend, Mark Brown. When you purchase this little book, you also donate to clean water projects, including new latrines for the kids at Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda. Thanks Mark! And thanks, Zen Pig!


The Only Source of Water through Ebola

Remember the well dug in Sierra Leone last year? Reports are in that the well served as the community’s ONLY source of clean drinking water throughout the Ebola epidemic and into today. We rejoice with that community as new infections are few and far between. And we look forward to sharing updates on the well’s effectiveness now that it’s been a year since the community served the first cup of water.

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Clean Water, FROM THE FIELD, Uncategorized

Sustaining life, sustaining programs

We’re thrilled to report that the water pumps at Lizulu Orphan Care Project are a huge asset to the children! Not only do they and the community members get clean water, but the pumps generate an average of $220 a month to support orphan care. This is just one aspect of ways that Lizulu can become completely self-sustaining. Raise your glass!


Collecting rain water in Goma

A system for clean water can take on so many forms, as you know from past updates. Here’s another method. At Flame of Love Orphanage in Goma, one of our strategic partners built a water tank that is now serving the children and staff, providing clean water to drink, cook, and bathe. The tank collects rain water right onsite, and then water can be easily accessed from the spigot. This water tank goes along with a new kitchen and dormitory built last year thanks to this partnership!

Clean Water, Education, FROM THE FIELD

This Update Doesn’t Stink


Through your support, New Dawn School in Kenya has been able to install flush toilets as recommended by the local health department, moving away from open-pit latrines. This is a huge improvement for the students and staff at the school. Pit latrines pose obvious sanitary problems as well as logistical issues with maintenance. We’ve often featured new, clean water solutions like wells and catchment system and it’s easy to forget the great benefits of clean, sanitized water solutions like flush toilets. While the new toilets were being installed, repairs to a freshman class took place, replacing floors, installing walls and adding new desks and chairs. This has made the class more conducive for learning activities than ever before! Students and staff at the school pass along a HUGE thank you, knowing this is only possible through a community giving up the cost of a few mochas a month!