This post is written by Rachel, one of our spring 2012 Mochaterns. You can check out more of what they are up to at the Mochatern tumblr!
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Most people try to play ignorant when it comes to slavery. They don’t believe that it exists anymore. What these people don’t realize is, slavery still exists and it’s everywhere.
Human trafficking is a “form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.” This exists all over the world in the form of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It occurs all over the world including in Africa, Europe, Asia, and yes, even the United States. Over 27 million people around the world are enslaved with no hope of getting out. It is our turn to give them that hope.
Our society throws around words like “pimp” not understanding what that word actually means. It is time to become educated on human trafficking that is occurring around the world and in our own backyard.
I challenge you, Mocha Club members, to go to www.slaveryfootprint.org and see how many slaves it takes to support your lifestyle. I was shocked and embarrassed by my score, but I am not going to let that get to me. Instead, I want to use that feeling to spur a passion to do something now to change that.
As a member of Mocha Club, we are all working together for the same purpose: to make a difference in Africa and the world. I encourage each and every one of you to find your footprint, become educated on the issue, and do something to change it.
Our friend Dave Barnes is releasing his new album, Stories to Tell, TODAY!
You can purchase it here.
You can get it for free by joining Mocha Club and supporting the building of clean water wells. You will get an autographed hard copy of the CD as well as two immediate downloads.
If you already are a member of Dave’s team, you can still get the CD for free. [Seriously.] Just log-in and invite your friends to join and when they do, free album for them, free album for you, clean water for Africa!
This offer only lasts until TOMORROW! So get your invite on!
Today is International Women’s Day, a day when the globe celebrates all the ladies! Even Google’s doodle for today celebrates women. (Well played, Google, well played.)
The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.
We at Mocha Club work daily to accomplish this theme. Through our Women at Risk project and our fashionABLE scarf line, we are actively ensuring that women are given the ability to hold a steady job and provide for their families.
Everyone today is giving you ideas of how to observe this holiday (we personally like #8: eat a cupcake). But we encourage you today to celebrate International Women’s Day with us!
Check out the fashionABLE blog and read about the women’s lives who are being transformed literally every day.
Buy a scarf for a friend- our new spring line is absolutely gorgeous.
Join Mocha Club in support of Women at Risk.
Do something today to celebrate the women in your life AND the women on the other side of the world.
As we are so close to finishing our first well in Ethiopia, we are excited about the ripple effects that this well, and the ones to come in the future, will have on the community of people around it.
With our Women at Risk project located near the site of the well, we are grateful that multiple Mocha Club partners are working together and will benefit together from this new source of clean water.
Thanks to Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church and their commitment to seeing Ethiopians live healthy well-rounded lives, we have seen that not only is the community given water, they are trained in how to maintain a well and keep it operating. EKHC has built almost 1200 wells since 1986 and it is estimated that over 1.4 million people have access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities as a result of this.
We wait expectantly to hear of the completion of this first well (and we can’t WAIT to show you pictures of it!) and look forward to starting on the second well in this area.
Your $7 a month towards our Clean Water project ensures that wells are built, that wells are maintained, and that the ripple effect will be felt for years to come.
The Government of Ghana subsidizes the treatment and drugs for many people who have been infected with HIV/AIDS. However, patients are expected to pay $5 a month to enable them to access the necessary drugs at the hospital. Furthermore, patients having HIV/AIDS virus who are not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have to completely pay for treatment if they contract another disease, such as malaria.
Unfortunately, most of the HIV/AIDS victims are unable to pay the NHIS premium of $15 and the $5 for the drugs.
At our Grace HIV/AIDS project in Sunyani, Ghana, because of the generous partnership with our artists and members who support our HIV/AIDS + healthcare project, we are able to pay the NHIS premium for some of those people at the end of every month.
Mocha Club sends money to the Sunyani Regional Hospital through the Medical Director for the purchase of ART drugs. The hospital authorities and the pharmacists distribute the drugs according to needs of the patients.
In the picture above, you can see a presentation being made to the Sunyani Hospital HIV/AIDS clinic in payment for drugs for 150 infected persons.
Shaking hands on behalf of 150 people? Sounds like a good day in Ghana.
We are always so proud of our New Dawn students, but it seems that each time we get an update, they are just getting more awesome!
While their grading system in Kenya is different than ours, you can see the improvement over the last three years.
These are the graduating class mean scores:
2009 – 4.02
That is great growth. Phil Renicks, our Educational Consultant with African Leadership says, “I am greatly encouraged and convinced that once the new resource center is completed and the students have access to the proper science labs, computer lab and library that the scores will continue to improve. Thanks for all your support and especially to The Mocha Club for your commitment to the on-going monitoring and evaluation process.”
We are so proud of these students and look forward to being able to complete the necessary additions and watch as their scores continue to head up!
Grace Orphanage in Ghana is one of our favorite projects. These kids, many orphaned because of accident, HIV/AIDS and natural deaths, come from villages and urban areas and find it hard to access health and educational facilities due to poverty. As you know, the orphanage has adopted one hundred and eighty of these children.
These orphans and needy children are allowed to live with their relatives but get lots of help from Grace Orphanage. Thanks to Mocha Club members giving $7 a month towards the orphan care project, these kids are given books, cloths, school uniforms, footwear, money to buy food and to pay the premium for the National Health Insurance (NHIS).
And of course, sports equipment (and other needs) are also provided for these children.
One of the little guys, Patrick, recently said this about being at Grace Orphanage:
“I nearly stopped coming to school, because of the death of my father. My mother died when I was small according to my grandmother with whom I am staying with. My grandmother has no money and finds it difficult to buy my school uniform and books. Food was also a problem, but now with your help I feel very happy. I go to school everyday because I can get food to eat and uniforms. I look like someone who has a mother and father. Thank you.”
We love getting to help Patrick and his 179 buddies as they learn and grow into healthy adults in Ghana.
With the fashionABLE spring line launching in March, the ladies at Women at Risk have been hard at work. Currently, there are fifteen women in this cycle, thirty kids being supported, and sixty women receiving health care support.
If you don’t follow our fashionABLE blog [and you should!], here are a few of the most recent updates from Ethiopia.
A Whole Lot of Dyin’ Goin’ On
Taking It To The Loom
While Mommy’s at Work
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Now that Kiely is on the ground full time at the Women at Risk facility, we are getting more great first hand stories and photos.
What would you like to see from Women at Risk?
Original story by Candace Smith
I can remember being a little kid and all I wanted to do was be like my heroes. Of course, in my generation and the fact that I was a girl, my heroes were along the lines of Disney characters or the Powerpuff Girls, but if I had had the chance to be a hero like them, I would have taken it. Today, children all around the United States are going to be able to have that chance. Thanks to DC Entertainment and several nonprofits, kids will be able to partner up with the Justice League and help save lives in East Africa. How cool is that?
The campaign “We Can Be Heroes” was started as a joint campaign between DC Entertainment, Time Warner, Inc, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps. This campaign aims to use the Justice League and their comic books to help raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in East Africa. The aim is to raise $2 million dollars in the next two years through running ads online, in comics, on TV, and through special merchandise.
I mean how cool is this? Justice League+ Africa=WIN
You can read the full story from ABC News here.
We have loved working with Brian Head Welch for the last year or so and we are so excited to announce that BHW’s new band, Love and Death, will also be Mocha Club artists!
“I put this band to- gether in 2009” states Welch. “Since then, we’ve experienced some very intense highs and lows. Michael Valentine, Dan Johnson, J.R. Bareis and myself have toured around the world playing a lot of killer shows, but we’ve also had some heart shattering difficulties along the way as well. To us, the name “Love and Death” symbolizes everything we’ve been through as a band over the last few years. We love this band so much and we’ll go through hell to con- nect with our fans. We’ve proven that to ourselves over and over again.”
The band formed when Welch decided to have open auditions on YouTube in 2009. “I picked the guys and then had a jam session in Phoenix” says Welch. “Over the last couple of years, there have been a few line up changes as we went through normal growing pains. The current band has been together and touring for a while now and they are a big part of the new music and the future of LOVE & DEATH.”
Along with the new band name, Love and Death’s first official music project will be released on April 24th.
We are grateful that these guys have decided to support our Women at Risk project and help these women as they are released from prostitution and given a new life.