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How much do you know about South Africa?

Emily here.

There are few conversations I’ve had the privilege of having that spanned more topics, heart, and depth as this week’s conversation on our podcast Changing the Conversation. We were fortunate enough to spend the morning with our Country Director from South Africa, Allan Knowles. And we talked about everything from sports to politics, from failure to peace, and of course, coffee. 

Allan helped paint a picture of life in South Africa. While it’s nothing like much of the rest of the continent, South Africa too is marred by a painful struggle for independence and the challenges of living under the evil system of apartheid. There are parts of this remarkable country that beat with the same heart as its African neighbors and even our own country’s story: a passionate love of sports, children growing up amidst a changing political landscape, and how stereotyping our neighbor can drive a country apart.

I was struck at how often I resonated with things Allan was talking about and I hope you are too. It’s what I love about this podcast, it’s why we chose to create it. We are all unique. My story and background is not yours. But underneath so many parts of our circumstances and experiences are systems, questions, emotions, and hopes that we all commonly share. Amidst the many distinctions between the United States and the countries we work in across Africa, there is something profound about being human. Something we share in our DNA that invites us to know ourselves better by hearing the stories of our friends.

Being deeply vulnerable and courageous, Allan shared his story. One where he was raised in a developing South Africa – a country torn apart by apartheid and fear. It was into a world divided that Allan grew up in a 3-bedroom home with 9 children and 2 parents. It was a world that didn’t include interaction with another race or color until one day when a train stopped on the platform and Allan began to ask questions.

What I love about hearing Allan’s story is that out of vastly different experiences and upbringings, we often all experience similar emotions. As human beings, we can each learn how to create resilience from our story, and like Allan, find a way to reconcile our past and use that story to leave a legacy for the generation behind us. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode of Changing the Conversation as much as I did in sharing a podcast booth with Emily Hickey and Allan Knowles.

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Let’s celebrate all of the impact in 2018!

Behind each and every donor that gives is the belief that the support you commit to each month can add up to make a big difference. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the big picture and hard to imagine how your gift is exactly impacting people and communities in Africa. Well, we want to assure you that you DO make a difference – and we want to celebrate the impact Mocha Club members had this year!

In 2018, Mocha Club members’ giving:

• Started community development courses in 2 South Sudanese refugee camps.

• Provided clean water for 90 Pygmy families in Rwanda.

Built a local board of directors for our program in Sierra Leone to ensure local ownership and direction.

• Expanded trauma healing training for local leaders in Ethiopia, reaching around 500 local leaders.

• Trained 20 South Sudanese refugee leaders in child trauma healing.

• Reached over 850 children in Congo through “Healing Clubs” that help them work through their trauma and play and bond with others like them.

• Provided jigger treatment to over 600 people living in a leper colony in Kenya.

Enrolled over 5,500 local leaders across the continent in our education program. 

• Took 11 Mocha Club friends to Africa with us to see their impact firsthand.


We can make an even greater impact. Would you join our community of change-makers? Join Today!

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End of Year Opportunities

Join our community of change-makers as a monthly donor or make a one-time donation of $350 to educate a local leader for a year and get this coffee mug for free!

 

 

Give a gift in their honor! Donate to the Mocha Club in honor of someone you know & love. And we will send them a “Joy to the World” card sharing your gifted donation.

 

 

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This is Change in Uganda

Meet Geoffrey. He is another change-maker in this global community you are a part of through Mocha Club. For the last 20 years, he has fought tirelessly to see Uganda flourish from the inside out. Despite war, poverty, refugee crises, and abduction, Geoffrey passionately believes Ugandans can dream and develop a thriving country if they learn, work, and problem solve together. He is unwavering in his dream to see the next generation of Ugandans start from a more sustainable, stable, and successful place than he did.

He is playing the part he is uniquely made for and gifted to play. Geoffrey and his wife Jennifer are dedicated and tremendously gifted teachers. Remember your one teacher who was crazy about what they taught and their passion seemed to spill over to you? That’s Geoffrey and Jennifer! T hey use that passion and energy to push and encourage the next generation of leaders to dream and build thriving, sustainable communities.

Thank you for walking alongside men and women like Geoffrey and Jennifer. There are many roles in this international community and we couldn’t make this kind of impact without you.

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Real, lasting solutions do have a secret sauce.

Real, lasting solutions do have a secret sauce – it’s the perfect mix of each change-maker playing his or her specific part. The beauty of lasting solutions is that every change-maker takes their seat at the table – a seat that their uniqueness has crafted them for, and forms a coalition – a band of brothers and sisters, a “we.” Easier said than done, right?

Solutions require people who will leverage who they are. They require individuals who will give what they have. They require folks who will use what they know. And they require courageous individuals who want to learn what they don’t know to fight the extreme poverty that exists in their community. Without ALL of them, solutions won’t last.

Mocha Club has been building a network of change-makers for almost 20 years. We know individuals who can give from their resources. We have partners with specific skills they are willing to leverage. We work with local leaders and change-makers who know the uniqueness of a community in rural Malawi or Ethiopia or Sierra Leone. We have thousands of individuals willing to help. We know leaders who have plans and dreams they are working on. We are building thriving communities all across the continent. Together.

So the secret to fighting extreme poverty in Africa is:

1. Sign up to be part of the solution.

2. Consider what specific role you have to play in this specific community.

3. Listen and honor the other change-makers at the table and build a sense of “we.”

4. Together, craft an appropriate solution for the priority at hand.

5. Work together to implement that solution.

6. Learn from what you’ve done and CELEBRATE the victory!

 

The beauty of this is that change-makers come in every shape and color. From every corner of the world. You are vital. So are the rest of the change-makers at the table – the widow in Africa, the community chief, the orphan care volunteer, the pastor of the church, the cheerleader on your left and the engineer on your right. Together, we change the world.

When we work together, each playing our role, we transform the world. Learn some more examples of where we have seen the international Mocha Club community have impact here.

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Changing the Conversation: A new podcast!

You’ve heard us say before how much we learn from Africa. And we’re always looking for ways to share what we’ve experienced. So we’re excited to announce the launching of our podcast Changing the Conversation!

We believe the greatest asset we have is our love.  But how do we best love others? On our podcast, “Changing the Conversation”, we take time to explore a variety of topics to challenge our perspective in pursuit of better loving people and the world around us. We sit down with artists, writers, country leaders, CEOs and more to consider a different way of looking at a situation by taking the time to listen.

African Leadership Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating world-changing leaders all over the continent of Africa.  Mocha Club, an impact partner of African Leadership, focuses on creating a community of givers who can leverage their assets to support these leaders as they build healthy, more sustainable communities in Africa.

Episode 001: Why Are We Here?

Did you know there are 350 new podcasts launching EVERY DAY?! Emily Blackledge and Fallon Klug kick off the “Changing the Conversation” podcast by answering the question each new listener asks “Why are you here?” We hope that our common dreams of making the world a better place, our listeners will see these conversations as important & inspiring. Brought to you by African Leadership and the Mocha Club.

Listen here!

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What really is the problem in Africa?

Extreme poverty affects 414,000,000 people in Africa. When you add war, drought, and refugee camps to this story, this problem becomes even more complex and overwhelming. As change-makers, we see this poverty as the villain and we want to fight. But how?

Poverty is complex. There are many reasons why it exists. There are many necessary interventions to eradicate it – like education, water, shelter and safety, healthcare, food, and jobs. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Because like you, each community has a unique history and set of circumstances. To leave a lasting impact on a community, you must learn and know that community. In order to eradicate extreme poverty, we have to work intentionally, community by community, dream by dream.

At Mocha Club, this is what we do. We interact with communities all across the continent and learn what makes them unique. We work intentionally with local leaders in these communities to hear their dreams of how they want to fight extreme poverty. And we join them in the fight.

Because real, lasting change starts with change-makers – both local leaders and people just like you. Men and women who explore ideas, resources and problems to enact creative solutions to the many faces of extreme poverty. And here’s the great news: the number of change-makers is greater than the number of people in extreme poverty. Every individual affected by poverty wants change – they are fighting this villain from the front lines. We are joining them in this fight. Together, we are bigger and stronger than 414,000,000!

Collectively, we have what it takes to fight extreme poverty; we’ve seen it. We know change-makers with specific skills, we’ve met local leaders who know their communities inside and out, we have friends with passion, conviction, and tireless enthusiasm for the fight. We are spread across the globe – in homes, villages, apartments and hostels. We are an international community of change-makers who leverage who we are, give what we have, use what we know, and learn what we don’t to fight extreme poverty and leave an impact we know will last across Africa.

So where do YOU fit in?

It may be taking a trip with us to hear from our local leaders directly and use your own unique skills to lend a hand. It may be leveraging your voice and social media to share about these leaders and their dreams with your family and friends. Or maybe it’s simply joining our giving community and supporting these leaders from right where you are.

Will you join our community of change-makers?

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This is change in Congo

Meet Denis. He is one change-maker in this global community you are a part of. For the last 20 years, he has worked to better the lives of orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amidst war, chaos, and trauma, he remains unwavering in his commitment to affect real and sustainable change in his corner of the world.

He is passionately playing the part he is uniquely made for and gifted to play. Denis is a wonderful example of what’s possible when this community of change-makers leverages who we are, gives what we have, uses what we know and learns what we don’t to leave a lasting impact.

Thank you for walking alongside men and women like Denis. There are many roles in this international community and we couldn’t make this kind of impact without you. As Denis so fiercely states: “We have to help the others. We have to work for the others who do not know.”

Thank you for helping Denis and others like him work for those who do not know.

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You are one of the greatest ways to change the world

At Mocha Club, we believe you are one of the greatest ways to change the world and fight extreme poverty. Because you have assets that no one else does. The things you’ve learned, the things you love, the experiences you’ve had are all resources you can use to better the world around you. We’ve seen people just like you transform their communities and create lasting impact. And we believe that the more friends who are willing to be a part of this international community of change-makers, the bigger the reach of real and sustainable change we can create across Africa.

But instead of telling you about how valuable your role can be, it’s easier to show it to you…

Mocha Club is an international community of change-makers who:

  • Leverage who we are
  • Give what we have
  • Use what we know
  • Learn what we don’t

To fight extreme poverty and leave an impact we know will last across Africa. 

Will you join our community of change-makers?


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When Africa Comes to Nashville

A team of five Mocha Club members made a 25-hour trek to Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, August 3rd. For three of them, this was their first time to travel with Mocha Club to Africa. Their purpose was two-fold: to use their assets – their love, their experience organizing fundraising races here in the US, and their capacity to care well for others; and to learn from the ingenuity, the solutions, and the ongoing stamina of the leaders we walk alongside in Africa.

They stopped first in Mombasa, Kenya. This huge port town on the edge of the Indian Ocean is a major stop for many wealthy tourists in Africa. But it’s also the home of one of the world’s largest and last leprosy camps. We’ve shared a bit about Peter Ochiel, but these members wanted to see first-hand what it looks like to love and care for individuals rejected by their communities and ostracized because of a curable disease. They visited homes, they removed parasites from children’s hands and feet, they laughed and shared meals with the staff and families who give their whole lives in this corner of the world.

Next, they moved to the Huruma slum to spend three days with Irene Tongoi. Many of these Mocha Club members have helped organize a fundraising race here in the US to support the work Irene is doing in the New Dawn school. As she and her staff prepared for the second annual running in Nairobi, she prayed God would send her additional help and encouragement in the final few days. That help came in the shape of these members, several of whom knew exactly what it looked like to throw a race like this. Their contribution of organization, encouragement, and passion helped make this race highly successful.

When these members got back, they organized a time to share about their trip – and Peter Ochiel was in town – so it was a reunion of sorts. While they were together, we circled back to their original purpose: in what ways had their gifts been helpful in Kenya? Peter’s reply was encouragement. Their presence was seen in this community as such an honor. Their love and encouragement and willingness to touch the skin of an outcast brought joy, and laughter, and dignity. Their touch was a tangible expression of the hours of work Peter puts in every month. As to what they learned, Kathryn mentioned how simple an act it was to engage and ask questions about someone’s story — but also how profound. Fallon nodded her head and added “it’s so simple to give the love I have to another.”

Success was experienced by them all. Community – a sense of belonging and being known, a place where the pronouns used are “we” — was deepened.

Read more from these members and see their trip in pictures here.