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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Attention, Nashvillans! Mark your calendar for THIS THURSDAY for some coffee and conversation!
We have a unique opportunity to hear from one of our partners from Sierra Leone – Jonathan Titus Williams. He has traveled over from Africa to meet with our community and share his story and the clean water projects happening because of the support from Mocha Club members!
Join in the conversation, have of cup of coffee, and partake of refreshments as we discuss the remarkable story of how Jonathan worked with his community to find a sustainable solution to help improve malaria rates through a new clean water well.
In our last update we shared a little bit about how we approach community development a little differently. Our goal in the development of a community is to create something alongside people that we love and respect, honoring their individual needs and concerns and solving problems with the assets that the community already has. For us, that uniquely looks like empowering community leaders with a newly created handbook and process that leads them through assessing the needs of their community to create sustainable, locally-led projects. We recently had an exciting example of this come our way from a leader 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.
Mocha Club works under the parent organization African Leadership , who invests in Africa’s servant leaders in communities all over the continent. African Leadership educates and empowers these leaders with tools to strategize and meet the needs of their communities. We currently have 15 country directors in 17 different countries working to make these changes happen. We want our Mocha Club community to become familiar with these partners over in Africa.
Leonard is our Malawi country director. He felt God call him into ministry in the late ’90s. After graduating from Zambezi College of Ministry, Leonard planted churches in a Muslim-dominated area of Malawi for six years. He then began teaching for African Leadership before becoming Country Director in 2012.
Mocha Club and members like you support these needs through your monthly contributions for clean water, education, health care, orphan care, and economic freedom.
Today is the day the world focuses “attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” (unwater.org) Each year, we at Mocha Club acknowledge this day and the work so many of us are doing to bring clean water to the world (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010..).
We have provided clean water solutions as a part of our holistic approach to development in communities all around Africa, including water wells in South Sudan, solar pumps and piping systems in Malawi, and a rain water catchment in Kenya. One of our newest projects is a water well in Sierra Leone, and we can’t wait to tell you more and show you how this project will greatly impact this community!
And today we have the perfect combo for you to bring clean water to others just by enjoying your morning cup of coffee…
1st: We know how much everyone has loved our “Love is Sovereign” coffee mug — so we’re putting it back on sale for one day only. Head over to the Mocha Club store to grab your mug for $15 — and all proceeds today will go towards our Clean Water project area!!
2nd: Our friends over at TOMS have just launched their newest one-for-one product: coffee! So grab yourself a bag of beans today, too, which will bring even more people clean water.
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.
Mid-year, however, we learned that weather had again broken the system and the community is working together to find the best long-term solution. Mocha Club Members are having a direct impact in this community in providing the opportunity to pursue the right solution that will, once again, bring clean water to this community.
Meanwhile, in Malawi, both the solar water pump at Lizulu and the piping system at Adziwa seem to be working wonderfully, providing water to both the Orphan projects we work with, as well as the surrounding community.
We are also currently in some exciting conversations with African graduates of our parent company, African Leadership’s, Applied Education, who have identified a need for wells in Sierra Leone. We are discussing unique ways that Mocha Club can help address the desire for clean water solutions in their community. We’ll keep you in the loop as this develops!