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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)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.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care, Uncategorized

Potato, Potahtoh.

Working in a place like the DRC takes patience and vision. Assess the circumstances alone, and you might just leave.

The success of any work relies on building relationship first.  Without a direct connection to and investment in the people at work in Africa, efforts fall short.

IMG_6868Sister Alvera leads the Flame of Love Orphanage.  She has cared for these children for a long time because, while this group of orphans is small, their lives are significant. Last fall, we invested financially in the immediate need for a new dormitory and kitchen.  Construction has concluded.

 

Months back, Sister Alvera and DRC Country Director, Denis championed sustainability efforts IMG_6876and assessed the purchase of farmland to both teach students agricultural skills and grow produce to sell.  Denis and Sister Alvera are determining that this agricultural program could make enough money to significantly reduce the orphanage’s overall operations costs.

Today, the orphanage is growing a potato farm that helps feed the orphans in Sister Alvera’s care!

Orphan Care

Meet Amana

African girl portrait.I am 13 years old, I have 3 brothers and I am the only girl. My dad died when I was 8 years old.

Deep Trauma…

When my dad was alive, I was his only daughter and he cherished me. I was in a good school, well dressed, and enjoyed family time. When he died everything suddenly changed. There was no food and no money to pay school fees or buy clothes. Life became very hard. My aunts and uncles came and took all of our inheritances, sold our home for money and took my brothers and me, not to help us, but for selling. We suffered a lot. I was able to escape with one of my brothers and return to our mom. When I woke up each day, I would see my dear dad in my broken heart. I would remember a good time and I would begin to weep.

New Hope…

One day, I was selected to participate in a workshop about trauma healing. This was a great time for me, to get a new direction to my life.  There, I met with other orphans living in the same or worse situations than me. It was a good time to heal my wounded heart.  At the end they gave me a precious gift, which is now my new friend.  When I feel alone my gift, my Bible, speaks to me. When I read it, it comforts me, gives me hope, and brings light to my future. It shows to me that I am not alone. I am with Jesus Christ, a great friend and a Dad for orphans.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care, Uncategorized

“For them, love never exists, the future is dark.”

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Current statistics show that in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 90% of children live in poverty and 60% of those children are orphans – left alone by either one parent or both. Our DRC country direct, Denis, explains vividly what life is like for orphaned children :

Some pass all the time in the streets without help, no place to sleep, and they are exposed to the bad weather. Others find a poor hospitable family which will help only for food and a place to sleep but there is no hope for them to be at school, get clothes, or healthy assurance.

Some of them can find a hospitable family but they become victims of exploitation by man – hard labor, danger for women, and everything goes from bad to worse.

In the streets, they take on some jobs like caring goods, washing cars, begging, working in the road in order to get something… some time they rob in order to survive.

For them, love never exists, the future is dark.

In Goma, the government supports the orphanages but does not monetarily help these safe havens.  The community has compassion for these orphans and are grateful for orphanages but their means to help themselves is limited.

Sister Alvera leads the Flame of Love Orphanage and is Denis’ friend.  She has cared for these children for a long time because, while this group of orphans is small, their lives are significant. Mocha Club can build on the success of the Flame of Love Orphanage in Goma as we expand out to support orphanages in other locations.  Because let’s face it.  There are 4 million orphans in the country.  Child labor is an everyday practice.  And 1 in 7 children die before they turn 5 years old. (source: http://www.unicef.org/wcaro/Countries_1749.html)

Support Flame of Love Orphanage

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FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care, Uncategorized

A Look into Lizulu

If you’ve been part of Mocha Club for while, you’re not new to our orphan care project, Lizulu Orphan Care in Malawi. In 2015 alone, we have supported 500 orphaned children who have found a home at the orphanage. There are six centers total at Lizulu.

Ever wonder what a life for an orphan at Lizulu looks like? It goes above just providing a safe place to be – they take on a holistic approach that meets their needs mind, body, and soul:

Feeding Program

The survival, health, and growth of the orphans at Lizulu is of the up-most importance.  All the orphans at the facility are provided with food 4 days a week and these meals are strategically planned for health & defense against malnutrition.

Monday                  Nsima (Malawian staple food) with beans and vegetables.

Tuesday                  Nsima taken with vegetables mainly.

Thursday                Rice taken with beef alternating with eggs weekly.

Friday                     Nsima with beans and vegetables.

Education

As we know, education is essential for a life free from poverty. Children who are of primary school age attend classes for free – the government in Malawi provides free schooling for all primary attendees. Lizulu provides school uniforms, notebooks and pens and pencils. At the secondary level, those orphans who attend secondary school and high school are provided with school fees, uniforms, stationery, mathematical instruments. And those students who attend other schools are provided transportation to the institutions. Lastly, the orphans are offered a scholarship to continue their education as teachers.

There have been multiple orphans who have grown up and show their thanks to Lizulu by becoming a volunteer at the centers. They are so thankful to be able to give back to the place that brought them back to life.

Medical Care

Lizulu partners with a local medical center that takes care of all the needs of children who become sick or need emergency assistance.  Recently, the orphanage was provided with funds to buy a truck in order for easy transportation to the medical center when a child falls ill from Malaria or other sicknesses.

Agriculture

The children also have participated ina farming during the growing season for maize.  They would take part in activities like tilling, planting, weeding and even harvesting and shelling. This was also a great time for the orphans to work together and build friendships from the different centers.

Sports Activities

Physical activity is also important to a thriving life for a kid. During this time, the kids enjoy organizing football games against one another.

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Without YOUR support, Mocha Club wouldn’t be able to provide kids with basic life essentials like food, education, and medical care. Please continue to support Lizulu with us so we are able to see 500 more children cared for year after year.

Ask a friend to join you!

Orphan Care

Before and After: Lizulu Orphan Care

Founded by Everton Kamangire, Lizulu Orphan Care is an organization in Malawi that addresses the challenge of orphan care. They seek to provide assistance and aid to orphans while keeping them in homes in their communities to respect their dignity and teach them a sense of belonging to a family.

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BEFORE

BEFORE

 

Over the years YOU have helped provide for over 500 orphans and have changed the lives in the community by helping provide food, clothing, blankets, education, medical care, and spiritual guidance

 

 

 

 

The program is working to become financially sustainable through its agriculture program, which feeds the orphans, and through renting out houses they built to local families. YOUR donations have helped build these houses and provided homes for the orphans within the program! See the impact of your donations in the photos and video below!

 

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AFTER

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TODAY!

 

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FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

He can help because he’s been there

Mayo is 23. But he’ll never forget his childhood. His father was killed during the Rwandan war. He fled to Congo as a refugee. His home was burned and all his family’s belongings taken. His relatives killed by machete. Believe it or not, there’s an upside to this tragedy. He still has faith in God who, as he says, “gives me the heart to love his word. In each kind of circumstance, the word strengthens and encourages us to know there is a God who loves and has a good plan for us.”

“In fact,” he continues, “I have great joy and God blessed me with a compassionate heart to help and to love those who grow up as I did and those who are in the same conditions.”

So Mayo is helping guide the children we told you about in Goma, who have lost parents, seen unspeakable violence and been abandoned and abused. He’s being trained to counsel them and help them realize that they matter. Their lives make a difference and are worth so much to their communities and to God.

We hate that Mayo experienced what he did. But we love that he’s using it to help others in a way that only he and people with his background can.

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FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

Love 2X, …er, 4X!


Meet Eva and Esther, Joshua and Jonathan. Two sets of twins who you support at Bringing Hope to the Family – one of our newest partners in Uganda. Bringing Hope makes sure that orphaned kids – like these little girls whose mom died in childbirth and these little boys who were abandoned – are taken care of. Thanks to you, they continue to grow!

AFRICA NEWS, Orphan Care

Meet Victor


Meet Victor. He’s an orphan who is cared for by Bringing Hope to the Family, who we introduced you to last month. Victor is 9 years old. He attends Bringing Hope’s school. We don’t know where his dad is, and his mother is not able to care for him. One day, he was found next to the road, so it just made sense to bring Victor to the orphanage. Now he has a place to sleep, food to eat, friends to play with and the chance to go to school. Thanks to your support!

FROM THE FIELD, INSPIRATION, Orphan Care

She’s raised 30 kids…and counting…

It’s time to celebrate mothers all around the world.

As a mother myself, I look forward to the day because my two boys shower me with all sorts of affection. As they should! I carried them for 9 months, and have loved and nourished them for the 8 to 10 years they have been in this world!

As I think about my kids and even my own mother whom I love, I can’t help but think about a few “Moms” in Western Uganda that I have had the privilege to know and call friends.

Within our partner organization, Bringing Hope to the Family, is a children’s home called Home Again. 110 kids, birth to age 18, call this place home, and they are cared for by several housemothers.

Mama Jackie sticks out.

It is hard to find words that give Mama Jackie the justice she deserves. This “mom” has easily raised up 30+ children, all of them she loves as if she birthed them herself. I don’t think I could do that. During the 5 years of living next door to Home Again, I witnessed the amazing love she had for the children who were put into her care. I can say with 100% confidence that several children would not be alive today if it wasn’t for her love and devotion to nursing those extremely sick and malnourished babies back to health.

When Jackie is given a new baby to take care of, she is instantly in love. I know this woman has so much in store for her when her life here on earth is finished for all the love and sacrifices she has made for the sake of these children. The long nights with crying babies, cooking and cleaning up after them, I could go on and on. When one of her babies is in the hospital, she doesn’t leave their side.

It is a special kind of person who has the capacity to love like that! So on this Mother’s Day, don’t forget about Mama Jackie. If you wouldn’t mind, pray a special blessing for her, that she may have strength and good health. Pray that her heart will continue to have even more room to love and care for the children she is entrusted with.

Oh, and love on your momma, too!

Happy Mother’s Day!
Katie Sasser
On the ground in Mombasa, Kenya