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Ashley’s “Live Like That” Blog Project

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. Make sure to go check out the currently project happening: PikiPiki Safari Project.

And today, we are excited to announce a new Purpose Project for September: Ashley’s “Live Like That” Blog Project!

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“When I first watched the Mocha Club Experience Webisode on Lizulu Orphan Care, I knew I wanted to do a project for this project area. The video mentions “Children orphaned in the community are not forgotten.  They are, instead, brought into homes in local villages and treated as family members.”  These sentences bring together the heart of any nurturing relationship, full of love.  I grew up in a family full of love, and I see this purpose project as the opportunity to provide that same for Lizulu Orphan Care.  This purpose project is setting out to raise $750, to provide life and care for three orphans.

As the queen of ideas with a major lack in follow through, this purpose project into a combination of ideas. The first being create a blog. I’ve talked about creating a blog, but never do. Follow through fail #1.  The second being create a to do list of things I’ve always wanted to do. You’ve heard about the “25 things before I turn 25″ lists, right? Well, my major birthday marks passed with no list. Follow through fail #2. So, the idea is this:  I’ve created a list of 15 items I want to do, ranging from donating blood to salsa dancing with inspiration by Sidewalk Prophets “Live Like That.”  Now, I’ve already created the blog and need your help to accomplish the rest of the list!  When we raise enought money to support one orphan, I start checking off items from the Live Like That list.  Each orphan supported after that, will lead to additional list items to complete!

I view the Mocha Club as a family, and want this purpose project to be a community of members, working together just like Lizulu.”

 

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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New Purpose Project : PikiPiki Safari

Today launches a new Purpose Project for the next month : PikiPiki Safari.  Our very own, Curtis is the Chief Community Officer for Mocha Club and is excited to lend his skills and passion in a whole new way.

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 PikiPiki Safari (Pikipiki = Swahili for motorcycle / Safari = a journey)  If he reached his goal, he will take a motorcycle adventure and ride from Nashville, TN to Cherokee, NC, then ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive up to Front Royal, Virginia. Along the way he will be sharing the impact Mocha Club is having in Africa, with individuals, churches and groups of friends.

“I love adventure. My Mom often reminds me that my first word as a baby was, “go” and that is what I’ve done ever since. With a love for travel, new things and a desire to always learn, my wife, Wendy and I have traveled the world and have taken some amazing adventures together.

In 2010 I visited Africa for the first time. Uganda, Dominican Republic of Congo and Rwanda were on the agenda. It is in those places that I saw first hand how not only are their unspeakable tragedies which have occurred in the past, but also current needs and in addition to a joy within people which only Christ can bring. Yes, I saw joy, excitement and hope. 

Upon my return to the US from this first trip there grew an ever-increasing passion to become an advocate for investing in the lives of African’s and also a spark in the grand future of Africa as a whole. This is why I have not only partnered with Mocha Club, it has become my vocation and now, my personal Purpose Project. I cannot sit day by day working to invest in African’s servant leaders without asking my friends, family and acquaintances to do the same.”

His goal is to raise $2,000 to support our community leaders all across the continent; like the Women at Risk program. The Women at Risk program reaches out to these women and comes along side of them, not only to provide counseling but job training and then job opportunities in order to provide for themselves and their family. I’ve seen first hand the results of this program and know it is working. 

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Follow along >> Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Read more on Curtis’ website and head over to his Purpose Project page to donate what you can! As always, small sacrifices make a big impact, will you help us support these women?

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Mandy’s Guitar Project : “My Song”

Last month,  Mandy from House of Rose, turned her ambition to learn how to play guitar into something a little bit more.  Through a Purpose Project, Mandy set a goal to raise $1,000 for Orphan Care projects and committed to perform a song on her guitar if that goal was reached and so started the Guitar Project.  Mandy ended up raising over $1,200 with the help of her family, friends, and online community! And, today, we are excited to share her performance with all of you!

Read more of her journey through the Guitar Project.

 

Do you have a dream, bucket list item, or ambition you’ve always wanted to accomplish and just haven’t found the motivation to complete?  Learn more about Purpose Project and how you can add fun, importance, and the support of your community in order to make it happen!

 

Annie Purpose Project winner - Kenya Trip!
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May Kenya Team is Complete!

So remember this trip? We’ve been waiting to fill that final spot on the team… one of YOU who donated to Annie’s 10K Purpose Project!
Over 50 of you sent in applications (amazing!) and we read them ALL. And we wish we could take you all with us! But we had to pick just one. Here’s what happened…

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So welcome Lizzie to our team! We also added on our friend Adam to be our team photographer/videographer/body guard. So we are now complete!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we introduce each of the team members more to you, and make sure you’re following us on instagram + twitter to journey along with us to Kenya… we’ll be landing in Nairobi exactly 2 months from today!
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Alex’s Novel Project

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink ProjectLena’s Plunge Project, and Nathalie’s Recording Project.

Next up, hear from Alex, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, as she shares about her Novel Project

Alex Purpose Project

Last May, I traveled to Africa for the first time ever. Africa is just always one of those places where you go in with one expectation and leave with a new lease on life. Essentially, the “I Need Africa” campaign is exactly how I felt when I came back. I need Africa more than Africa needs me. I met the most beautiful, wonderful people during my time in Botswana and South Africa. The most beautiful of them all? The children. I have never felt so much love from such young people before. Even though we couldn’t understand each other’s words, we understood each other’s hearts and in the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters. Since my return to the United States, my heart has still been living in the memories of those sweet children. Constantly I think about the best ways I can love them from here the way that they loved me during my time there. Then I remembered the Mocha Club. I had heard about the organization during a presentation given by Matt Wertz during my freshman year at Belmont. I had always been intrigued but couldn’t participate until I was generating my own income, which happened to be this year. This seemed to be my chance. I couldn’t deny that this is exactly where God was placing my heart and my future, so I put my trust in Him and followed with my eyes closed.

Initially I began by doing a monthly donation to the orphan care program, which daily still warms my heart. The ability to help extended families and other loved ones provide for these orphans is exactly what I was hoping to be a part of. Then, I heard about the Purpose Project through another presentation at Belmont. I initially just came to support Mocha Club, as it has become such a large part of my life, but I left there knowing exactly what I had to do. When I got to my next class (before class started, of course) I took out my iPad and started my registration for a project of my own. I just had to think of a goal to set for myself if I raised the intended amount of money. I thought about how I’d always wanted to write a novel and, though a lofty goal, I instantly knew that was the direction I was supposed to go with this.

I set the goal of $1250, which provides for 5 orphans for an entire year. By the end of the project I’d raised a total of $1330, more than I even asked for. I could not be more grateful for this experience, especially because people I don’t even know donated to this project. Yes, my family played a large part, but less of a whole than I thought. It just warms my heart that people believed in my endeavors and this project enough to help me out.

Currently, I am working on the first chapter of my novel, which will tie into the theme of I Need Africa. It will follow the life of an orphan and the woman whose life is forever changed by the appearance of this child who she thought needed her help. Well, I’m sure you get the gist of it. For the rest of the story, you’ll just have to read it when I’m finished!

If you’re looking to do a project of your own and you’d like to talk about it, you can reach me at xandraraye@gmail.com. Also, for those of you who want a sneak peek at the novel, I’ll be posting the first few pages up on my blog soon!  If you feel God tugging at your heart as you find yourself checking up on everyone else’s projects daily, it’s probably time to start one of your own. I would love to chat with you about it! Trust me, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever been a part of. You won’t regret it.

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Trekkin For the Kids.

One of our favorite things about Purpose Project is that there’s no wrong way to do it…
You can raise money for Orphans like Carly, who then went and got a fun, meaningful tattoo. Or you can raise money for Women at Risk like Nathalie, who is now fighting her fears to write & record her first EP. Or you can tackle a few projects together like the Slack Family, in lieu of traveling abroad for a missions trip.

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Billy is literally taking the road less traveled, as he is right in the middle of his Trace Trek Project.  He is trekking 444 miles up the historic Natchez Trace, from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, all with the goal of raising thousands of dollars for Education! Pretty cool, huh?  Billy has been a successful businessman and technology consultant, but became interested in Africa through our INA campaign.  After visiting South Africa and grieving over the struggles the youth have with addiction, lack of purpose, and destructive peer pressure, he knew he had to do something. In partnership with Generation@, Billy is raising awareness and funds for Education and investing in the next generation.

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Billy hit the halfway mark last week, and we’ve loved following along on his journey on instagram. Follow the crazy adventure Billy is on to bring hope and future to the kids in Africa!

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Got an idea for a Purpose Project? We’d love to hear it!
Fill out the form to start your own, or email us with any ideas & questions info(at)themochaclub.org! 

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Nathalie’s Recording Project

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink ProjectLena’s Plunge Project, Amber’s aWEARness Project,
and now… hear from Nathalie on her Recording Project!

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This last year has been a path full of stepping stones, all leading to believing God…more and more. When I arrived at The Influence Conference last October, I was already tender. Stepping out of a very stormy-everyday-season at home, and right into one of my personal fears…being alone. I arrive at the conference not knowing anyone, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. All I knew is I was so desperate for breakthrough in my life, I was willing to do whatever it took. I had decided it was time to take my blog more seriously. Yah, that’s it! That’s what I really need! {insert convincing tone}. So my plan was to sit in on all the strategy sessions. The heart stuff? I had that down pat (not really). On a whim I decided to take a life session, and that’s when the Lord peeled back my layers, one after another, until I was completely exposed. And it hit me. I didn’t believe God in the deep down places. I believed God for other people. But not for myself. My heart was so wounded that it had become calloused to God’s heart for me. I had forgotten the gospel was for me too. All of it. All the grace, forgiveness, joy, love, and peace.

At that point I was a mess. Tears, crumpled-tissue-snot- rag hanging from my pants pocket…the whole thing. I was undone, but I knew it was right. That’s when I stepped into Barrett’s class. Mercy, mercy, mercy. Just when I thought I had gotten it all out. Nope…more. More hot mascara tears dripping from my face as he guided us through questions to ask ourselves & write down. Questions that would help us discover God’s unique purpose for our lives. And God pressed hard on one. He put his finger on a dream He had planted in me as a little girl. A gift He had given me and a dream I’d shelved out of fear of failing.

After composing myself, I noticed a piece of paper on the meal tables: “The Purpose Project”. The chance to do the thing you’ve always wanted to do, with some purpose to inspire and motivate you. As my heart nearly beat out of my chest, the Holy Spirit gently whispered, “It’s time, sweet one.” Thus, “The Recording Project” was born. My goal was to raise funds to get 3 women off the streets of Ethiopia. The Lord exceeded my expectations and brought in more than my goal. This was a HUGE stepping stone He knew I needed to continue to believe Him, that He had indeed called me to this and He would faithfully carry me there. Since the goal was met, I have been pouring myself into songwriting over these last few months with the focused goal of recording my own music, just like I’ve always desired to do.
The journey since that day in April has been an emotional one. As I’ve sorted through the emotions that lead me here. As my timeline has increased and the processing is taking longer than I had expected, He is teaching me to believe Him every single day. He’s teaching me to give my doubts and fears to Him. He’s teaching me to simply show up with what He’s given me, and He will be faithful to meet me there. I’m learning tangibly, that in my weakness He is SO STRONG.
My life has been changed by the work of The Mocha Club. It’s been an honor to lay down my fears, knowing that God would do something more than just change me, but also change the lives of hurting women who need hope. It’s incredible to see my story woven into the bigger picture; His redemptive story for the hearts of the whole wide world (as my 5 yr old would say).

I encourage you, friend, if you are on the fence about diving into a purpose project…take the leap. Do it because He is faithful. Do it because you will see His glory. Do it because you believe Him, that his grace and love is for you too.
I’d love to connect with you if you have questions or want to talk more about my experience with The Purpose Project. You can find me at nathaliehope.com, on twitter: @nathalie_sings, or via email nathaliewhisnant@gmail.com.

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Amber’s aWEARness Project.

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink ProjectLena’s Plunge Project, and Kate’s Ubuntu Project (our first GROUP Purpose Project)

Next up, Amber shares about her aWEARness project — where she simplified her wardrobe to just 35 items (in honor of her 35th birthday!) creating a closet with a cause… 

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10 things I have learned from my Purpose Project

It’s been a few months since I did my “aWEARness Project.” To say that I have been changed by it would be an understatement. Here are 10 lessons I have learned so far (as I’m sure there are more to come!)…

1) People want to give. With any fundraiser or project like this, you might say “I hate asking people for money.” And I can’t really disagree. But I learned people want to give, they just don’t know where to give or to what cause. You can help them with that. And if they say no, that’s OK, see #2 below.
2) People care about you. Those who love and support you…will. Maybe they won’t donate, but with a project like this, their encouraging words go a long way. Plus, you’re able to share a cause you are passionate about. Score!
3) Accepting my body as it is. With most of my clothes gone, I panicked at the empty racks because I realized I didn’t have options. Options people! I didn’t have choices! That’s what I was upset about. I couldn’t keep my “regular Amber” black pants and “fat Amber” black pants – you know what I’m talking about – I had to pick one pair. I had to either accept my body as it is, extra lbs and all, or do something to change it. (The hidden stash of M&M’s in the pantry clearly tells you what I chose to do.)
4) What “in style” really means. If you would have seen me on any given day prior to this project, you would have found me in jeans, t-shirt, flip flops, and silver hoops. Now I’m wearing clothes I never would have worn before (ones that were sitting in my closet for 2 years!). Calling myself a fashionista may be taking it a bit far, but I have learned it doesn’t really matter what you wear…as long as you love it and feel good in it, it’s the perfect outfit.
5) I do laundry way too often. An outfit can actually last about 2 or 3 days. If the pits don’t smell and it stain-free, hang it back up or sleep in it (see #6).
6) You really don’t need pajamas. You just don’t. If you’ve got limited clothing options, do you really want to waste it on something you sleep in? Either sleep in what you wore that day or, um, well…wear nothing.
7) One person can make a difference. After hours researching businesses and non-profits to fill my closet with, I realized each one was started because one person decided to act. They may not be changing the entire world, but they have certainly changed the world for at least one person. Just by taking action.
8) Less is more. I used to chuckle when I heard talk of the benefits of living a minimalistic lifestyle. But holy cow, it’s true! There is so much more freedom! When I wake up in the morning, if I’m not already wearing my outfit (see #5 & #6), choosing what to wear is a breeze. It gives me more time to spend with the family (or more time to sleep in!). Point proven one morning when my 9 year old daughter came crying to me one morning saying “I can’t pick what to wear! I have too many choices! I just want 35 things too!” #firstworldproblems
9) Purchase with purpose. Guess who can walk into TJ Maxx or Target and not be tempted to browse the clothing aisles? This girl! I mean, what in the world, right?! Next time you’re out on a shopping spree, ask yourself “do I need it?” or “do I want it?” each time before you buy. Sorry to be a killjoy. You’ll thank me later.
10) It’s just stuff. This was the very first lesson I learned after I spent hours, yes hours, going through my clothes, having to choose just 35 things to keep. As I walked into my almost empty closet to hang the last few items, a verse popped into my head. Now, you need to know that I only know about 13 bible verses, and six of those are Psalm 23. Pathetic, I know. Anyway, it’s the one that says, “Store up your treasures in Heaven” and then something about moths eating your clothes and dust on earth, I think. From that moment on, even though I was emotionally drained and a bit apprehensive about what this next year was going to look like, I knew the things I cherished most in my life, weren’t hanging in my closet. And, honestly, in the end, nothing is going with me anyway.

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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Purpose Project: Family Style.

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink ProjectLena’s Plunge Project, and Kate’s Ubuntu Project (our first GROUP Purpose Project)Last month, we had our first FAMILY project. Hear from the Slack family on how they raised money for multiple projects in Africa.

This summer our family wanted to do something to help others less fortunate. We have talked about doing a missions trip but wondered about the idea of doing a missions trip at home. We sat down one night and talked about what specific projects we would want to do. We thought it would be good to try and do a variety of them. Our kids looked for summer work to help contribute. Our 16 year old son worked for a landscaper and donated a portion of each summer paycheck. Our 18 year old daughter hoped to do nannying and contribute from those earnings. She didn’t get the work she hoped for but did work at her college book rush and contributed some of her earnings. Our youngest daughter was too young to get a job so we went through our house looking for items for her to list on craigslist to contribute funds to the Mocha Club. For every dollar they contributed my husband and I committed to match. We were very grateful for the opportunity to work together as a family. We so love the Mocha Club approach to set a goal in a specific time to keep it before us. We hope next year to maybe really go on a missions trip.

– The Slack Family

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Kate’s Ubuntu Project

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink Project, and Lena’s Plunge Project!  And up next… Kate’s Ubuntu Project — our first GROUP Purpose Project!

My name is Kate Woodward and this past year was my first year of college at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. All of high school I had been really involved in community service, but hadn’t really figured out how that would fit into my life in college until I joined a newly formed organization called the Belmont Community Leaders during my second semester. Essentially, I was signing up to help plan service projects and get other college students involved with local charitable organizations. Little did I know, this group would become my opportunity to get thrown into something much bigger than myself, finally helping me figure out where community service fit into my life in college.

Enter: Purpose Project.

I’ve been a member of The Mocha Club since 2011, but became more and more interested and invested in it this past semester. When I heard that they were launching Purpose Project and had hopes of getting college campuses to embrace the idea, I couldn’t have been more excited about the idea of getting to try it out first. This little bubble of excitement just started expanding inside of me until I felt like I would explode if I couldn’t do something about it. By some act of God, not even a week after I’d heard about Purpose Project, I all of a sudden had a stage for this new experiment when our group leader told us that we had the remaining month of school to plan, organize, and carry out a service project.

I came into this club a freshman, joining with upper classmen that I assumed would probably lead the projects. However, when our group met to discuss our project, I couldn’t start talking fast enough, and, to my surprise, I was met with intent listeners. I suggested that our group of seven girls rally our efforts to try and raise money for a cause we all felt passionate about and the idea was quickly accepted and our plans began to roll into action. We felt that as college students, we were being given a great privilege to expand our education, and decided that with that privilege came a responsibility for us to give other kids some of the same opportunities that had led us to where we were.

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Because there were so many of us, we were sure that raising money would be easy. We set the highest Purpose Project goal thus far and decided we’d work to raise $2,400 to pay for the education of four African students for a year. In addition, we wanted to set a radical follow-through for this goal; something to show people we meant business. We decided we wanted to not only raise the money, but also understand what the lives were like for the students we were helping, so we promised to live on $1.50 per day for a week once we reached our goal. Go big or go home, right?

We chose the name “Ubuntu” for our project as a sort of symbol for what we were doing. Seven of us were getting involved in something huge, something none of us could do alone. Ubuntu means “I am what I am because of who we all are,” commonly used in Africa, and we felt that this was the perfect description of our group’s efforts.

I had initially thought that the most humbling part of this project would be living on $1.50 per day, but I was given a reality check as soon as we started fundraising. One of the biggest hurdles we had to tackle was the fact that we were trying to fundraise on a college campus, where most of our peers are about as reluctant to give up their money as a zebra is to give up its stripes. Long story short, we worked so hard to earn our funds that we could probably outdo one of the best car salesmen at a sales pitch.

(We documented both our month of fundraising & our week living below the line here.)

However, this is not to say people were unsupportive. After each fundraising event we did, we would be so moved and proud of our incredible friends, family, and team members for the amount of love and support that they offered us — whether  in the form of money or encouraging words — that we would have to just sit in shock discussing what we had witnessed. I will admit that there were times I was afraid that we wouldn’t reach our goal, and towards the end I was almost convinced that we wouldn’t, but somehow we pulled through and were able to cross the finish line of our goal with our heads, hearts, and arms held high in triumph and pride.

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We did a bake sale on campus and a percent night at a local ice cream shop to all go towards our fundraising goal.

Our end goal was to raise money to send four African students to school, and then to try and understand what it’s like to live the way that they do. If there’s anything I learned, it’s that we will never entirely understand what their lives are like unless we were to drop everything we have here and move to Africa to live in their shoes. However, one thing I can say that I understand 100% is that those children deserve every bit of effort we put into the project, their educations, and so much more.

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“living below the line” = lots of bean & rice!!
at the New Dawn school in Kenya, the breakfast & lunch the kids receive (lots of beans & rice!) is often the only food they’ll get that day

We stood at the end of our project humbly offering four educations, but wishing we could offer the world. We reached the finish line of our project, but I believe that at the same time we were just beginning a much bigger project. It is my hope that anyone reading this will become a part of that project by starting his or her own Purpose Project. It truly is life changing.

Thanks Kate! Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!