Browsing Category

Education

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

Announcing: Mocha Club Journey 2017 !

Artboard 2 copy 3

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 9.26.45 AM

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)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 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.

Education, EVENTS, FROM THE FIELD

Happy New {School} Year!

If you’ve supported our education initiatives through Mocha Club or have ever participated in Ellie’s Run for Africa , you supported students at New Dawn Academy who have now graduated! With joy of new students starting school, there is also joy celebrating the students that are moving on to bigger things!

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 1.47.57 PM

The lead up to graduation starts with final exams. In previous years, the students would take their exams at the school per normal but this year they were advised by the government and department of education to take the exams at a nearby teacher’s college. Transportation in Kenya is not as accessible as that in the States and so with the help of supportive parents, the students traveled to take their exams together:

“The parents chipped in and supported towards the transportation of students to and from the exam venue. They hired a bus that made it easier for the entire exercise to be concluded with minimal hitches. This required special/extra arrangements for the transport and meals. The candidates’ parents agreed to take up the cost for hiring transport to and from the exam venues. The school provided lunch for the candidates.” 

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 1.48.14 PM

And then came the big day!

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 1.48.30 PM

“Several students gave short remarks regarding their experience at NDEC, all in appreciation of the opportunity to have been part of the family. The teachers too appreciated their time of interaction with the students and encouraged them to pursue opportunities to further their education and career objectives with the assurance that God would be with them all the way into the future.”

The staff at New Dawn wanted to gives thanks for the support of all who participated in Ellie’s Run and the donors from Mocha Club! These students couldn’t have done what they did without you.

Thank you!

AFRICA NEWS, Education, FROM THE FIELD

Hannington’s Story

I was born on 11th November in Githogoro, Kenya, as the third child in a family of five. My parents were both laborers in the coffee estates that surrounded the region.

When I was eight, my mom died from an unknown disease. Due to the family’s economic status, it was not possible to get appropriate medical attention; hence, the diagnosis of the illness that took her life remained unknown. I was class one (grade one), my two elder brothers, Nicholas and Phanuel were in classes three and four, respectively, while the two younger siblings, Freedom and Philip, were in baby class (pre-school) at the time. It was apparent that my parents valued education and took initiative to ensure all of us attended school.

Following mom’s burial, things took a negative twist. Dad bore thehannington sole responsibility of fending for all five of us, which was hardly sufficient to place a single meal on the table. Our family was living on rented premises which made things far more difficult. Basic items such as clothing became a luxury alongside anything else. A day with one meal was considered an extremely good one.

Because of the intensified hardships, my eldest brother, Nicholas, dropped out of school to assist Dad in hustling. The combined effort did not yield sufficient income, so eventually the remaining four of us dropped out of school as well, each turning to the endless search for a meal. There were disappointing times when he came back home empty handed. This got us even more desperate.

Not long after, Dad came home with some news of a high school that was being started in the neighboring Huruma village. Many who had been out of school for years and could not afford the secondary education were interested when it was confirmed that the school was offering free education. This was music to our ears! The only requirement was for students to bring to school a bundle of firewood for cooking of our lunch. I was in high school at New Dawn Educational Centre with no fees required, no school uniform necessary and as if that was not enough, there was free porridge (uji) and the popular beans/corn meal (githeri) provided for lunch. Who would ever resist that? A miracle of miracles!

Hannington

My experience at New Dawn transformed me totally. I came in hopeless, but I was filled with hope. We found a mom in Mama Irene Tongoi, the school director. She was so assuring that a lot of good would come out of our lives. Mama Irene ensured that we received a holistic education; intellectually as per the curriculum, socially by meaningful and impactful interaction amongst ourselves and the community around, as well as spiritually through the word of God.  We had regular devotions and sessions of what was known as ‘vision conferences’. These spiritual forums provided opportunity to be affirmed and assured of God’s love and purpose for our lives. Our confidence was boosted and the sense of hopelessness gradually faded away. Where else would students be treated to good meals and even offered food to carry home for the next meal for the family? We were loved.

To my greatest amazement, upon completion of high school, I topped my class with a grade “B-” and qualified to join public university. And Mama Irene contacted me with grand news: a donor had showed up and was willing to pay the university fees for anyone qualified to join university from our class! God again provided the resources in my time of need.I was enrolled in a five-year degree course at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). All this was accomplished with the help of the scholarship.

I appreciate God’s work through the ministry of New Dawn and all the well-wishers who contributed towards the transformed life that has become mine. You did it not only for me but for the many others that have walked along the same path.

“Give me bread today and tomorrow I will ever be at your door knocking, but give me education, the key to life, and you will have transformed the world.”

Education, FROM THE FIELD

Happy Graduation, Denish!

Denish was a promising student in his primary school – receiving high marks and passing all his exams.  The next step should seem simple but for many children in Nairobi, Kenya, the journey ends here.

Denish is one of 9 siblings and for his father, this is quite a household to keep up financially.  Even working in the neardenishby Runda estate of Nairobi does not provide enough, and in this case, not enough for school.  When Denish heard of his passing scores from primary school, he was so excited to share the good news with his family. Unfortunately, the good news fell short when Denish’s father shared that he could not afford the school fees to send his son to school the next year. Denish wept.

The only thing that his father could offer him was encouragement to pray to God and trust that His will be done.

The next school year came and as Denish joined his dad in the labor business, he watched his fellow students from the previous year walk to high school in their new uniforms. Denish felt sad and jealous. But one day he saw something else: bright yellow school uniforms to another high school in the area.  He asked his dad to inquire about this other school and his dad didn’t hesitate.  The following morning, Denish’s dad walked into the office at New Dawn Educational Centre and shared his son’s passing test scores. The staff was impressed and admission for Denish was granted!

Thanks to New Dawn and it’s partners like Mocha Club, Denish was not only able to open space for him to learn but the financial means to take care of his fees.

Today Denish has graduated high school and looks forward to the opportunity to further his education at the university.

“When Jesus say yes, nobody can say no. To this far I have reached, I’ll never be a shamed to say that its all about God, and Glory to Him in the highest.”

new dawn high school
#mcjourney2016, AFRICA TRIPS, Education

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

Education

Before and After : New Dawn Educational Center

As kids in the U.S. are now settling back into school, we celebrate a school that is near and dear to our hearts here at Mocha Club.  For many years, you’ve heard stories encircling New Dawn Educational Center and it’s many students who have graduated through the years.

Since March of 2009 when New Dawn opened it’s doors, 231 students have graduated high school to go on to higher education or a working career.  Thank you for being part of supporting these kids by providing school fees, materials, and food for them to thrive in their journey of education. Today, we celebrate by sharing photos of New Dawn these past six years. Share the impact with your family and friends. Remind them that small sacrifices really CAN make a big impact. You can see to believe…

IMG_3698IMG_3700

 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCE CENTER SITE LATEST PHOTOS 19TH TO 23RD JAN 010

Original Classroom Building

Resource Center Constrction

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Building

 

More stories from New Dawn:

THANK YOU FROM IRENE AND THE STUDENTS FROM NEW DAWN!
NEW DAWN STUDENT WINS NATIONWIDE COMPETITION
SHINING IN THE SLUMS: NEW DAWN STUDENTS GET E-READERS!
KENYA 2011 TEAM BLOGGER: MELINDA AT NEW DAWN
NEW DAWN GRADUATES!
NEW DAWN CLINIC
education-july
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!

Education, FROM THE FIELD

The Best Place a Student Needs to be…


Kids in the U.S. may have just fled the doors of schools across the nation, but for kids at New Dawn in Kenya, school is in session throughout the summer – and they’re happy about it! Check out what Ochieng, a student in form three, had to say about her schooling: “This is the place I have been yearning to come because its environment is conducive and peaceful. It is the best place a student needs to be.” Ochieng wants to teach literature or be an author when she grows up. Thanks for helping to make her dream a reality!