Have you ever heard of Southwestern Advantage? Yes, the book selling company! Although it’s so much more than that.
The Southwestern Advantage mission is to help young people develop the skills and character they need to reach their goals. And these products are marketed by college students and recent graduates building their own businesses and gaining the tools they need for success in life.
Southwestern also encourages it’s booksellers to have a social impact when building their business. And Mocha Club is a proud partner of those efforts. Watch and learn more!
Everyone has a story. And in each individual’s story, they are their own hero – the central figure to their story.
In a neighborhood, to find out what the problems are or the solutions can be, the best way to do that is to listen to the stories of those already in the community. With time, as you build
relationship, trust is given and respect is built. Then, there comes a time where asking questions and offering ideas adds value to the task at hand. But for starters, listen!
Because like it or not, our neighbors are a part of our “we.” The people that live around my house, the colleagues that share my office space, the men and women, boys and girls that go to my church are a part of my community. And I believe there is value in every human being. So the value and strength of my community is directly tied to the people and potential that exists in each of the individuals there. By not knowing them, I can’t know what value, what beauty, what assets they bring to the community. And when the whole is only as great as the sum of its parts, then the whole suffers when the assets of the individuals are not recognized and used. So – get to know your neighbors!
We had a blast teaming up with our friends at Project 615 to be part of their newest #615BusSessions with our other good friend, Jon McLaughlin! Watch Jon’s performance of “Not In This Song” while he drives around Nashville in Dolly, Project 615’s 1978 VW bus. And wait til the end of the video to hear about a fun give-away!
To enter for a chance to win a Project 615 store item, Mocha Club water bottle, and Jon McLaughlin’s album, simply text LEARNMORE to 345345 and share your email with us.
Winner will be announced on April 25th via email. Contest closes April 24th 6pm CST.
Where is it? Probably somewhere there is war. Somewhere the trauma is tangible and palpable. The kind of place you hear about on the news. Right?
That wouldn’t be wrong. But your mochas helped us address trauma in peaceful Malawi.
Why? Because when we listened to our Malawi Country Director, Leonard, here’s what we heard:
“Gender-based violence is a big problem in Malawi. Probably around 40% of women and children face it. It retards development – women are not willing to take up leadership positions because they are filled with fear due to trauma that results from gender-based violence. Many girls are being raped by those who are supposed to protect them and remain quiet for fear of reprisal, resulting in poor performance in school and dropping out. It is taboo to talk about in the public. Right now there are many women and girls dying in silence. Most people have not reached a point of gathering courage to report these matters to police.
So what we are doing now is helping fellow Malawians by training and equipping pastors on trauma issues so they are able to assist those who are traumatized. The good news is that people in Malawi trust pastors and church leaders most and are able to share their secret stories with them. We also are encouraging pastors to break the silence in their churches by talking about issues of gender-based violence. Trauma-healing isn’t only needed in war torn countries like South Sudan and Congo. It is needed everywhere.”
40%. Can you imagine almost half the women and children you pass by today experiencing this kind of abuse? Would you have imagined that you had the power to affect change for them? Because that’s what you did.
Mocha Club believes that change is possible and it starts with investing in the right people. By helping one person lead well, you can help an entire community prosper. So we listened to Leonard, who was hearing a very real need in his community – and that’s how you, Mocha Club member, paved the way for local leaders in Malawi to learn how to listen, respond, and offer safety in instances of gender-based violence.
Haven’t joined the Club yet? For less than $1/day you can educate world-changing leaders to build healthier, more sustainable communities in Africa — just like the ones in Malawi combatting gender-based violence. Join us today.
Have you ever dreamed of running a race in Africa? Do you have a heart to serve others around the world? Do you love to meet new people around the world?
Join our team for the Mocha Club Journey 2018 trip – Run for Hope!
This summer we are headed to Kenya! We will spend time with our partners at New Dawn Educational Centrein Nairobi, Kenya and participate in their second annual Run For Hope 5K! All proceeds from the race help support operations and send kids to school at New Dawn. We will also be visiting another Mocha Club partner, Action Ministry and their founder, Peter Ochiel who serves a leprosy community in Ukunda. Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand how giving to Mocha Club & supporting local leaders creates thriving communities, while having a chance to serve the African people.
Dates: August3- August 13, 2018 (dates could vary 1-2 days on each side, depending on flight availability)
Cost: $3,700 – 4,000 (depending on single or double room occupancy)
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, baseball (Go Tigers!), and leftovers.
The first step in caring for someone is to listen to them.
Without attuning to someone, you are moving toward them with your own expectations, assumptions, and perspective. It is only when I stop, quiet my own perspective, and listen to what they are saying and not saying that I can care for them well.
Consider a small child, their cry might be for food or a diaper change or some attention. Only when the care giver is turning their whole attention to the child can they ascertain what the child is really crying for.
So to care well for one another, we must tune in – attune – listen to the person in front of us. At its core, it’s the dignifying response to a person asking to be known by another.
Now that you know the how, why, and where of Mocha Club — who do your mochas support?
Mocha Club works with local leaders. We believe they are in the best positions to know the needs of and effect real change in their communities. So we work through education, offering these leaders the tools to identify, address, and fulfill the needs of their communities.
Who are some of these leaders?
They are Budete in Rwanda, coordinating cooperatives with women living with HIV/AIDS to grow their financial security and independence.
They are James in a South Sudanese refugee camp, who adopted three orphans after they showed up to the camp without families.
They are Denis in Congo, working to address the trauma children in his community have experienced.
They are Richard in Uganda, who started a nursery and primary school for children whose parents were abducted by rebels.
They are Chipiliro in Malawi, starting an orphan feeding program through his local church, as well as a nursery school and Bible study for HIV+ women.
They are Henry in South Africa, ministering to and mentoring alcoholics in the townships.
There are over 60,000 graduates of our education program – leaders just like these — across the continent, over 5,000 currently enrolled. Your mochas are providing an education that gives them a framework to turn these dreams into real and sustainable change in their communities. And that’s just what they are doing.
Mocha Club works in 11 countries across Africa – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
In each of these countries, Mocha Club works through local leaders. Each year, our local Country Directors create their own strategic plans, evaluating where in their countries to focus. Through listening surveys and situation analyses, they choose communities in which to offer our education program, teachers to teach it, and students with the most potential for using this education to effect real and sustainable change in their spheres of influence.
Some of those “wheres” are refugee camps.
Some are rebuilding after years of war.
Some are struggling with poverty, injustice, famine, or fear.
Some are communities just like yours and mine, learning how to flourish in the midst of circumstances and struggles unique to their locale.
But because of your mochas, all of these “wheres” are gaining the benefit of local leaders better equipped to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges.
Want to see Mocha Club at work in one of these places? We’re going to Kenya this summer – come with us! Details here. Email Fallon for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I love about the work of Mocha Club is uncovering the opportunity and potential that exists as a part of the human spirit. I entered this work like many – wanting to change the world – and continue to be struck at how much bigger that concept is than one person. So what is my piece? What am I to lend my hand to, to lower my shoulder, to dig in, to leverage my voice for?
I’m going to champion the boundless opportunity and possibility – the flourishing and quality of life that is already happening in the places crowded with hunger, desperate in need, struck and stuck in poverty. I want to walk into the room, paint a picture that is so unlike what you were expecting from a non profit president, invite you to the party, and drop the mic. It’s so much more amazing than you could ever dream. (and its more horrifying than words could articulate). Where my western privilege, my graduate education, my religious affiliation taught me to see need; I discovered solutions. Where you see desperation, we see opportunity. We believe that every human being is endowed with value, dignity, skill, and creativity. No matter their age. No matter their condition. No matter their zip code. No matter their education.
And we have a choice. One life-altering, world changing choice. We can choose to leverage all of who we are for one another. To fight for, to include, to passionately dream and pursue, to express, to honor, to champion opportunity and possibility for ourselves and the world around us. The truth is – that’s what makes for a quality of life we all aspire to. That’s what unleashes human potential and drives human flourishing.