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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!


Ellie’s Run for Africa a Success!

Finish line crossed! Ellie’s Run for Africa was a success!!! We’re still totaling the final tally, but we know that it will go a long way. When you support New Dawn, you’re giving students at New Dawn Educational Centre the shot at an education…and a future…they might not otherwise have!! Thanks to all who came and prayed for the event.

Education, FROM THE FIELD, HIV/AIDS + Healthcare

Bringing Hope to the Family

Healthcare and education go hand in hand. If you’re sick, it’s tough to learn. That’s the philosophy of our newest partner, Faith Kunihira, and her ministry called Bringing Hope to the Family.

Faith swore she would never again be poor…but she felt the tug to leave her job in the city and go back home to a small town called Kaihura in Uganda to help her fellow families. In just 15 years, she has taken this town from a few buildings to a bustling center that is sustained by the work of Bringing Hope. That’s because Bringing Hope includes an elementary school of 253 children, clinic that serves nearly 900 people, orphanage caring for 110, agriculture program, vocational school of 63 boys and girls, support for micro-businesses, a church, and other physical and social services that truly make life better.

As for that fear of being poor again? Faith says, “God provides. It may not be in my time,” she says with a raised eyebrow and pointer finger, “but He does provide.”

We’re eager to tell more stories of Bringing Hope to the Family in the months and years to come. Hopefully this quick intro whets your appetite.


Because his mother couldn’t get healthcare

As a child, Peter struggled. Like his friends in the Githogoro slum, he had no healthcare. He hardly had anything, in fact.

But his little heart struggled, too, watching his mother, who needed healthcare, go without it. It’s a burden he has carried for 15 years.

Today, he’s doing something about it.

Peter now volunteers at the health clinic behind New Dawn Educational Centre as a newly minted graduate in clinical medicine. His journey to today is astounding, and we’re even more excited about what he wants to do next.

Peter grew up Githogoro, a slum in Nairobi. His single mother raised him and his brothers and sisters. Often, he felt he needed to support his mother, even at a very young age.

But he and his mother knew that school mattered. So, when Peter had the opportunity to attend primary school, his mother supported him. He took his primary exam at the age of 14, and did well.

The next challenge: his mother could not afford secondary school. So Peter tried to get a job to earn some money. He was too small to do the labor jobs. At the time, it felt like an obstacle to supporting his family. As it turned out, Peter’s future held something different.

After two years of continuing his search for work, Peter heard of New Dawn Educational Centre, a new secondary school designed to help students in his exact situation. He attended a Vision conference there, which helped him and his peers dream about their future. That conference opened the door for Peter to become part of the first New Dawn class of students.

It rolled from there: Peter graduated from New Dawn in 2009, enrolled at The Presbyterian University of East Africa in 2010, thanks to a New Dawn scholarship, and took his final exam in 2014. He graduated second in his class, and is now a Clinical Officer, which is the equivalent of a Nurse Practitioner in the U.S.

“Despite where I come from, God has enabled me to succeed,” says Peter.

Peter’s return to helping the community where he grew up is a deep conviction. He can relate to the children he treats, because he’s been there. And he can connect with their mothers, because he once saw his mother struggle in the same way.

Today, Peter dreams of opening a facility for children and women, and he’s on his way. But for now, he’ll finish his education and make visits to the homes of mothers and children facing what he once experienced.


7 Days of Christmas : MOCHA CLUB + SEVENLY

Mocha Club is celebrating 7 Days of Christmas with Sevenly by celebrating Education!  During the entire week of December 1st, for every “Education is Freedom” t-shirt sold, $7 will be donated to Mocha Club and our Education programs.  Gift yourself and give the gift of education to our friends in Africa!





$7 provides 2 two students an education and two meals a day

$7 provides all expenses and meals for a student to attend their field trip

$7 provides internet to a child for the school year

$7 pays for a students’ exams taken at the end of every year (standardized state exams to pass to the next year)


Education, FROM THE FIELD, Uncategorized

The “Where are they now?” Edition

Remember Francis? We previously shared the inspiring story of this exemplary student at New Dawn school in Kenya and his “hope for the future.” His story began with the pain of losing both his father and mother within four months of each other. He was orphaned, a “child head of household,” caring for his little brother, working on the streets of Nairobi – all at 9 years old. He was later rescued by a family who connected him to New Dawn Educational Centre. Over the years, he became a star student and leader of the local boy scout troop.

Now, 4 years later he is an urban-gospel musician playing to local youth gatherings and rallies. He also recently released his first music video inspired by the story of David in 2 Samuel, where he “danced before the LORD with all his might.” Check out the track, “Bully Dance”, (warning..this will *seriously* get stuck in your head). Enjoy and share with your friends about the great work being done at New Dawn and the video of our good friend, Francis!

Education, FROM THE FIELD, INSPIRATION, Uncategorized

Good morning class! : a visit with Irene Tongoi


We have the unique pleasure of hosting one of our African partners in our Brentwood office last week. Founder of New Dawn Educational Centre, Irene Tongoi and her husband, Dennis shared their story of their lives past and present. Irene’s time with us was breath-taking and inspiring. Read this beautiful account if her time with us from our intern, Maddy…

Have you ever met someones who’s passion stirred something deep within your heart? When they speak it’s as though their heart radiates from their every word. You hear the advocate talk of their heart behind helping, the need for more people to jump in on the cause. It’s as though they are speaking right to you. They can’t contain their fervor, this cause of theirs has become a part of their very being, threaded into their every hope and dream. They cannot separate themselves from the issue any longer- a problem in the world is a problem in their world. You can tell when a person gives themself fully to a cause bigger than themselves. It looks a lot like humble tenacity. It looks like countless hours of prayer and savoring the small victories. It looks like more work behind the scenes than others will ever know and constantly reminding your heart that one life changed is worth it. This sort of passion is rare. It begins in the hearts of dreamers, of visionaries who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and work tirelessly for the fulfillment of God’s kingdom on earth.

I got the privilege of seeing this unstoppable passion in Irene Tongoi this week. I heard it in the stories she brought to Brentwood from Kenya. I heard the pride in her voice when talking about her former New Dawn students who are leading lives of dignity and success. I heard the determination in her voice to reach the most impoverished children in Huruma and Githogoro. She will not be stopped by problems that would intimidate most. She will not be distracted by the success that most people would stop at in complacency. Irene Tongoi knows that her cause, her people in Kenya, are worth the fight. Irene’s passion is the type that changes lives. She took care to speak with every single person that stayed after her talk to meet her. She speaks dignity and worth into every soul she converses with. This woman doesn’t meet a stranger, but embraces everyone and welcomes them into her dream. Irene is the type of person to see a problem and instead of just accepting it, seeks a way to fix it. Her faith fuels a vision bigger than human ability to achieve.

As Irene was sharing her vision for the slum areas of Huruma and Githogoro, I could feel it. Her passion radiating into the room and touching those of us who had never visited. The world needs more people like Irene. People who aren’t afraid to chase hard after what they believe. I am so grateful to be working alongside people who will change the world one day. Who are changing the world today. It may be a half a globe away, but Irene’s passion is constantly radiating, and reminding me to dream big daily of how to love others. What a beautiful reminder that passion gives purpose. We were created for something bigger than ourselves, to help those in need. I urge you to go find the cause that lights your world on fire, that you simply cannot stop thinking about it, and then go chase it with abandon.

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! 

Education, FROM THE FIELD, Uncategorized

THANK YOU from Irene and the students from New Dawn!

It’s already August and back to school season is in full swing.  As students gear up to go back to class in the States, the kids over in Kenya are also excited for the new year!

We received a beautiful thank you note from our partner Irene and her students at New Dawn Educational Centre, thanking all of YOU for your support for the school and the new classrooms.  Read their inspiring words below and follow them on Facebook to get updates on how the school year progresses in the new classrooms!

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A month ago, we asked you to cast a vote for Mocha Club as an upcoming collaboration with Sevenly, and YOU ROCKED THE VOTE! Today, we are so excited to finally announce that this week, Mocha Club is the featured charity on Sevenly! They have designed tshirts inspired by our Education projects and the work being done over in Africa.

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