One of the best ways in which we can communicate our gratitude to you, our members, is by sharing with you positive stories and changes that have come out of the Mocha Club project’s in Africa.
Anna*, a woman from Arsi Robe in the Oromiya region in Africa, is currently enrolled in the Ellilta Women at Risk program in Adama. Up until just a little while ago, Anna struggled with a very difficult life. She suffered a very unstable upbringing, living under multiple different caretakers, and ultimately setting out on her own when she was not much older than 11. Anna met a man in one of the first jobs she took after she began living on her own, whom she married, and she began living with him and his child. Anna became pregnant with her own child, and she and her husband sought medical care in in Addis Ababa. Unfortunately, during her prenatal check-ups, it was discovered that Anna was HIV positive, and that she had contracted the disease from her husband. Anna was of course very angry with her husband for not informing her that he had HIV, but she continued to live with him, because she had no other options.
After Anna gave birth to her child, she left her in the care of her aunt, and went back to Adama to find work as a day laborer. Anna found and worked day jobs such as washing clothes and cooking for people, but she ultimately fell under the influence of some women who told her that becoming a prostitute would help her to make more money. Anna unfortunately fell into prostitution for nearly ten years, until finally she was approached by one of the counselors from the Ellillta Women at Risk program. Anna became one of 22 women who were selected to join the rehabilitation clinic. Today, Anna is still enrolled in the rehabilitation clinic at Ellilta Women At Risk, and is partaking in a structured counseling program. She said, “One of the reasons I decided to join E-WAR was that I had the fear that if I don’t stop prostitution, my daughter who is 14 years-old may follow in my steps and start prostitution.” It is hard not to admire Anna’s true courage and strength.
It is because of the help from our members that stories like Anna’s exist. It is through your participation in the Mocha Club that we are able to give women the assistance and the bravery they need to accept help and change the course of their lives. Our hope is that through our collaborations with you, we will continue to see more positive changes like this one.
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*Out of respect & safety of our partners, names have been changed.
We are happy to share that 19 women have completed the Women at Risk program in Nazareth, Ethiopia this past December! They have gone all the way through the process of counseling, nutrition education, and job-skills training and have even started their own small businesses. To prepare for the responsibility of owning a business, the women were counseled in goal setting, work ethics, and time management.
All of the women also received medical support and health care for their different needs. Not only do the women receive medical treatment, but their children (24 in all) have received the same care and attention. Along with the children that were already part of the program, 49 children were provided with school fees, school uniforms, and education materials. While all of these children receive tutoring education about a fourth of them receive special counseling, as well.
And the good news continues…
Nineteen NEW women have just been recruited and have started the program! These women have entered the structured counseling program where they participate in devotions, group discussions, individual counseling sessions, and skills training. With each quarter and with your support, we see women enter back in society with dignity and skills to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. And with each graduate, there leaves room for more women at risk to enter into a place of safety and rehabilitation. We can not do this valuable work without your support. Thank you!
Will you be part of seeing nineteen new women graduate in the next quarter? Join us today and as a thank you, we will send you a gift from our store – including a hand-made Ethiopian scarves made by one of the graduating women!
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“I am honored to be able to partner with an organization like Mocha Club who is helping change the lives of women in Ethiopia. The work Mocha Club does is close to my heart and something I’ve been passionate about for years, spreading awareness to end the sex trade that tragically spans our world. To be able to share the stories of these women and support them directly is just a start, and we’re so proud to stand with them in their triumph.” – Deena Jakoub
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I am so excited to be linking arms with the Mocha Club as an artist sponsor! The fact that God could use my music and ministry to change the lives of people in need across the globe is truly overwhelming. I’ll never forget the first time I heard some of the stories of the women that Mocha Club reaches through their Economic Freedom program in Nazaret, Ethiopia. Countless women and children in Nazaret are forced into lives of prostitution as a desperate attempt to get out of poverty, but it becomes a vicious cycle that slowly eats away at their dignity. Mocha Club comes alongside these women to provide spiritual, emotional and psychological counseling and to help them find alternate means of income to support them and their families. When I heard the stories of these women, and when I saw their beautiful faces, I knew I had to do something. For the cost of just a few lattes or mochas a month, you could change the lives of some amazing women who are so deserving of a chance at life and freedom. Please take a few minutes out of your day to pray about joining me and the Mocha Club in our quest to restore hope and dignity to the least of these. –Becca
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This update comes directly from our leaders at Ellilta Women at Risk in Ethiopia. Every time you give up a mocha, you change a life like Mary’s.
Mary* was born and raised in Adama town and she lived with her parents.
Her mother worked as a prostitute to fulfill the basic needs of the family but Mary was unhappy to see her mother in the sex work because she had the fear that she and her younger sister might end up doing the same thing if her mother stops the sex work.
When Mary turned 21, her parents decided to commit divorce and this was challenging for Mary that she could not agree with her step father so she decided to run away from home. By this time, Mary met up with some friends who were involved in prostitution and when she saw the amount of money they make per day she was tempted to start working with them. After a while Mary started working in a bar but she was not happy by what she is doing since she was subjected to violence and abuse from her clients.
After working as prostitute for seven years Mary finds out that she is pregnant from one of her clients but when she tell him about her pregnancy he deny he is the father of the child so she continue working the sex work until her third trimester of her pregnancy to save money for the coming baby.
After delivering a baby girl Mary turns to the sex work since she has no other option and one night as she was on her way to the hotel she meets with counselors from Ellilta Women at Risk and they talk to her and gave her the address to come if she want to change her life.
Mary was so happy to find a way out of prostitution. Thus she came to Ellilta the next day and she was accepted in the rehabilitation program.
Currently Mary is one of the active beneficiaries who is striving to rescue her younger sister from prostitution and be role model for others in the sex work.
We praise God for Mary’s success!!!
*We have changed Mary’s name to protect her journey.
What gives you the confidence to say, “Yeah! I can do that!”
Eric, a recent Belmont University grad, found that “umph”
after his trip to Ellilta in Ethiopia a few weeks ago. With a degree in finance, he is helping Ellilta strengthen its business practices. Which means, he dabbled in dollars and cents, but also in Internet marketing to reach tourists looking for local souvenirs, using technology to share documents, and long-term strategic business planning aimed at, one day, growing Ellilta to other locations.
“I love working with Ellilta because I get to wear so many hats,” says Eric. “Plus, that positivity of women who have so little, but are so happy, is something I just want to be part of.”
As an added benefit, Eric’s trip, which was his second time to Ellilta, meant he connected with the staff on a personal level, way before ever diving into the business details. “I was greeted with open arms,” he says.
Stay tuned to our blog for more to come on Eric’s work with Ellilta, which continues now that he’s back in the States.
Our Belmont students continue their work with Ellilta to make sure it can grow with the increasing number of women who seek help today…and will seek help in the future! The team continues to focus on business practices that simply need some updating. What’s the biggest lesson? It’s not the number crunching or the systems building. It’s the idea of listening and understanding that what works in the U.S. doesn’t necessarily work in Africa. It works best when we take a step back, learn from one another and then move forward. Good lesson for life, right?