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War, poverty…and thriving?

War and poverty have written much of Congo’s story.

But there’s a church in the countryside taking back the narrative. They are rewriting their story as that of a thriving community.

How? Your everyday generosity allowed Pastor Jean to dream of a new reality for the children in his community. Then you gave him the chance to learn how to make it happen.

Your support of Mocha Club helps equip local leaders like Pastor Jean.

What was this community like before? Pastor Jean explains, “I saw in the streets many kids. Children filled our church every morning. Some wept. They’d never smile and would get aggressive. Joy was missing and it was difficult for me to see. I tried to help them, bring joy to them with songs and dances, but it was not enough.”

Pastor Jean dreamt of helping the children in his community, but he didn’t know how.

 Thanks to you, he received training in child trauma-healing. He learned how to help children thrive despite the trauma around them.

“It was a blessing. It opened my mind and made me strong in this ministry, which is not only a pillarto my church but that will help many children in this place. We’ve become friends with these kids and have helped them commit their lives and pains to Jesus who can take care of us. Now I know the trauma these children live with and how to lead them. Now they can get healing in my church, in my family, and in our environment.”

In a place where thriving seems impossible, Pastor Jean is changing the storyline. His church has become an agent of change for traumatized children, a place where the next generation can heal and grow and thrive together.

He has been the difference to his community, and you have been the difference to him. Together, we are building Africa’s dreams.

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

The secret to making a difference

“I don’t have the time, the money, or the giftings to make a difference.”

Ever caught yourself thinking this way? Peter Ochiel was once in your shoes. Now he runs a school, a church, and a clinic in one of the world’s last leper colonies.

How’d he do it?

He focused on the assets around him and took it one step at a time.

He embodies the asset-based development strategy Mocha Club teaches, and that you help fund as a member.

Peter was working in a restaurant in Kenya when one day, he met a man on the streets begging for school fees for his children. When Peter asked to meet his children, the man took him to Tumbe Village, which literally means “a place for rejected people.” It’s a leper colony that’s home to about 30 families who have been rejected by society.

Peter felt compelled to act. So he started small. He began going to visit every Sunday and renamed the village Blessed Camp.

People began to take notice of what he was doing and they joined him.

Peter’s heart for this village was contagious. The group started pulling together their assets and gifts to open a church in Blessed Camp, as well as a school for the children. Then they opened a medical clinic to help the lepers and, soon after, a feeding program. He built up this community step by step, utilizing the assets and talents of people around him in Mombasa.

Today, Peter’s organization, Action Ministry, is a Mocha Club partner. Your mochas are school fees for the children in the camp, medical supplies for the lepers, hope for a new generation in Kenya.

So his network of assets now includes you, and your assets now help him do his work.

Already, you’re providing hope for a new generation in Kenya.

It’s easy to think you’re helpless. But like Peter, you’re not. Start small, focus on what you have, and know that you’re already making a difference to people like Peter through your gifts to Mocha Club.

Not a Mocha Club member yet and ready to start making a difference? You can do so for less than $1/day. Start using what you have today and join Mocha Club!

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

Imagine all we can do together in 2018!

Behind everyday generosity is the belief that the little things we do on a daily basis can add up to make a big difference. A mocha here, a mocha there — sometimes it’s easy to forget the big picture and hard to imagine how those sacrificed mochas add up over the course of the year. So we decided to take a step back and look at some of the impact Mocha Club members had this year.

The everyday generosity of Mocha Club members in 2017 turned into:

200 households in Mvera, Malawi have access to clean water (and electricity!) after developing a community-driven solution to the problems caused by a lack of clean water in their village — low school attendance among girls, high rates of waterborne illnesses, and more.

Over 40 women stuck in the sex industry in Ethiopia received counseling, medical care, and skills training, pulling themselves out of life on the streets and creating a sustainable, healthy future for themselves and their families.

95 students in Nairobi’s slums were able to receive a secondary-level education, something vital to breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Kenya.

More than 30 children in Addis Ababa whose mothers are recovering from being trapped in the sex trade were provided with medical treatments and care, as well as nutritional support so they learn how to create healthy habits for themselves.

224 orphans and vulnerable children in Congo were counseled through the trauma they’ve experienced because of war and violence and taught life skills that will help them cope in the present and have hope for the future.


We can make an even greater impact if you commit to making your mochas matter in 2018!

Will you join our community today?
Join Today!

#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.

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.”


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:

Support Flame of Love Orphanage



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.


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.


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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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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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.