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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

 

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care, Uncategorized

Trauma…and HOPE… in Goma


Been to a Sidewalk Prophets show recently? You’ve heard the stories from Goma. As we’ve shared, there’s little pleasant about Goma. But, there is HOPE. Mocha Club staff is fresh off the plane from spending time with orphans who have experienced unimaginable violence, abuse, and abandonment. Trauma, in short. Our team played with them during well-deserved breaks from our first-ever trauma healing program. Basically, trained facilitators native to Goma are trying to help these kids make sense of their emotions and their relationship to God even when they experienced violence we could never imagine. Continue checking the blog for more updates…but for now, enjoy the sounds of these kids singing.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

Meet Willy. He wants to be a builder.

Meet Willy. He wants to be a builder.

Today’s story comes from Flame of Love orphanage in Goma, Congo. You remember…the place where we’ve worked to put in a water tank, a new kitchen and new dorms. We could summarize his life, but we’ll let Willy share what he’s seen and experienced all by the age of 9. In just two weeks, a team from Mocha Club will visit Willy and the kids at Flame of Love in Goma. They’re starting a pilot project to help kids like Willy make sense of the violence and abandonment they have experienced, so that they can lead a healthier life.

 

 

My name is Willy Hakiza, aged of 9 years.

I was born at Kirumbu/ Masisi. My father was a soldier. When he went to the war fitting, he died there after couple of days. My mum died too, so I stayed with my elder brothers. Then the war arose in our area, and the four brothers died during the war when I was 3rd year old. So all people run away going in the camp at Mugunga, Goma . Myself I got lost without knowing where to go and where to live.

God is greater, he is the one who sent someone to take me to his house for few days, then he sent me to his sister where I suffered too much, sleep in bad conditions and eat badly, be sick no treatment. When the man passed there to see my situation, he felt sorrow and I was taken to orphanage.

I say thanks to be in the orphanage. I am eating, sleeping nicely, to be given the clothes and I go to school without know who is paying my fees to me. I am in primary school in 4th class.

In Flame of Love, I have 3 friends whom we walk together, sharing what we get and play with them after coming back from school.

My dream is when I grow up wish to be a builder.

Thanks,

Willy HAKIZA

We believe in the dignity of each of our partners as made in the likeness of God, and as such, uphold the highest standards in representing their stories.  Practically, this means that we retain the authenticity of their stories as shared with us from the field, including language, photography, and opinions expressed.  All stories and photos shared carry the expressed approval those featured.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

What does 3 tons of potatoes look like?

“It’s like stirring a pot of gravel mixed with tar…only it tastes good in the end!” says one Mocha Club volunteer who tried to help these women stir the nsima at Lizulu Orphan Care Project. Nsima is to a Malawian diet what grits are to a southerner. It’s grain based, can be seasoned and is often served alongside a protein or vegetable dish. This one pot served 80-100, and included a side of kale, tomatoes, and onions grown in the garden at Lizulu!

Fly over to the DRC, and you get this amazing shot of 3.3 tons of potatoes, all grown and harvested with the help of the orphans at Flame of Love Orphanage in Goma. They recently started their on-site agricultural program which teaches the children a marketable skill that can earn a living one day. But even before they grow up, the are literally reaping the rewards of their work.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care, Uncategorized

Construction in the Congo Complete!


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

Our partners in DRC and Sister Alvera are now championing sustainability efforts, and are assessing the purchase of farmland to both teach students agricultural skills and grow produce to sell. Our partners are determining – today – that this agricultural program could make enough money to significantly reduce the orphanage’s overall operations costs.

Thank you to Mocha Club members for the continued commitment to making small sacrifices each month to make a big impact in the lives of orphans!

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

On The Road Again

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Lizulu Orphan Care has big goals when addressing the needs of the huge orphan population in neighboring villages. This is not merely a facility but a service that aims to tackle the many obstacles that orphans living in poverty face each day. They are able to have this massive reach through community-based care.  Children are encouraged to live in loving homes in the community which helps promote a retention of dignity and a sense of belonging. A centre is set up for additional services like warm meals, education assistance, medical care and Bible lessons. Because their goal is community-based care, you can imagine it requires a lot of need for reliable transportation. Unfortunately, it was brought to our attention earlier this summer that their faithful car was finally breaking down to the point of no repair. However, with the help of the Mocha Club, they are excited to be in the process of buying a new vehicle which will allow them to extend their reach of amazing services to the vulnerable communities around the Orphan Care Center. Thank you to Mocha Club members for their commitment to serving orphans in Africa!

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

Abandoned in a latrine, orphaned baby finds loving home

Recently, on a visit to the United States to address health concerns for his adopted son, Mocha Club/African Leadership Country Director, Dennis, shared with us the truly amazing story of his son. The following are excerpts from Dennis’ story:

“Sometime during the night of October 31, 2010 and the early morning hours of November 1, 2010, a lady gave birth to a baby boy and for some unknown reason decided she could not keep the child, and instead threw him into an 18 foot public pit latrine toilet in Muthua slum within Karatina township, Kenya. To this day no one knows who the woman was or where she even came from. Most people think she wasn’t even from that area. She disposed of the baby sometime, most likely during the dark hours of the night, so as not to be seen by anyone. Otherwise, we were told, she knew she would face mob justice and be burned alive by the people of that area.

We were told by the nurse of the hospital that normally babies found in pit latrines, because of the weight of the placenta, are pulled down face first into the miry muck of feces where they are found suffocated to death. But not this special baby. Instead, somehow this baby boy fell all the way down to the bottom landing on his back, face up. And even after falling such a long distance, no broken bones or internal injuries were found anywhere in his body. It was as if an angel slowly lowered him down.

He lay there in that filth for hours until some man, some “good Samaritan” as he has been called, came to that latrine, and after using it, heard the weak cries of a baby. After searching around and outside of the latrine, he realized the cries were coming from deep inside the latrine. It was in those moments he chose to risk his own life to go down to rescue the baby. In order to get to him he had to dig a parallel vertical hole down beside the pit and then dig over so as not to cause the latrine to cave in on top of the baby and himself. We were told it took him 2 grueling hours to dig him out and in the process the good Samaritan had to be pulled out in order to get air because he was being suffocated.

Most of the people around told him to just stop his effort and let the baby go, but he was determined and went back down until he pulled him safely out. Both came out covered in feces, and the slimy filth, flies, and maggots from the pit below. Once this good Samaritan came out, he handed the baby over to a woman, removed his shirt, washed off and went his way, and has never been seen again. He wasn’t a local to that area and no one knows who he was.

…On November 28th, 2010 Baby Jacob made the long 150 kilometer journey to Nairobi where he spent the next 5-6 months of his life [at the New Life Home medical facility]. The staff received him with joy, realizing what a miracle he was. We were told that he was one of their “favorites” and rarely ever cried, as he stole the hearts of many with his sweet personality and smiles. The New Life Home staff and volunteers gave him the special care he needed and showered him with lots of love and affection. He soon turned into a chubby ball of cuteness.

There were many volunteers who came just to see him. And it was there in the infant room of New Life Home where we saw and held our son Benjamin for the first time on Saturday, April 30, 2011. It was love at first sight to say the least…”

Our team found this miraculous story of life so touching that we couldn’t wait to share it with the Mocha Club Community. We are so thankful for the caliber of leaders we have on the ground in Africa and the many ways they are addressing the needs of orphans in their communities.

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

Our Country Directors : Meet Leonard.

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.

 

Meet Leonard.

 

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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.

Leonard is the driving force behind Common Grounds Malawi. He works tirelessly to fuse the work his pastors do inside the church with the work they do outside the church. “It is bridging the big gap between trained ministers and the majority of untrained ministers, changing the affairs of the Malawi Church,” he says. Leonard sees Common Grounds at work through his student, Pastor Mtendere. Before his African Leadership education, he was just a church elder. Now graduated, “God has used him mightily to impact the lives in his community. Now he is a pastor.And he leads a Pastor’s Fellowship where different churches come together for worship and counseling. He is transforming his community.

 

Mocha Club and members like you support these needs through your monthly contributions for clean water, education, health care, orphan care, and economic freedom.