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Meet the Mocha Club Journey 2019 team!

Our team is assembled, ready to head to Kenya, and we want you to meet them!  

As a quick overview, the team will spend time with our partners at New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and participate in their third annual Run For Hope! 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 members and 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.

First up, meet Kathryn:

Kathryn playing and loving on a girl from Blessed Camp.

I have now lived in Nashville almost 12 years (crazy!) after growing up outside of Atlanta and attending Auburn University!  I have always had a big heart and passion for helping others, which drove me to start being involved in mission trips and non-profits here in Nashville.  When I’m not playing with my niece and nephews and hanging with my family, you can find me on my porch with a good book, having a glass of wine with dear friends, or eating my way through Nashville’s amazing restaurants.  Last year I had the opportunity to travel with Mocha Club to Kenya to visit Blessed Camp and New Dawn School.  I am beyond honored to be able to go back this year!  I loved being present in their stories last year and can’t wait to see what this past year has brought them!  Having the chance to continue to help Mocha Club and myself continue to build these relationships is a dream!

Next up, meet Maggie:

I’m a native Nashvillian, raised in the Antioch neighborhood. I graduated from Hume Fogg Academic in 2005. I am the middle child of 5 kids and fell in love with Jesus in high school while serving others on a mission trips. After graduating college at UT Knoxville, I was blessed to work in home-visiting environments and empower low-income families in goal-setting. Now I’m a school counselor and get to use those same skills with students here in Nashville! I’m married with 3 kids and we love to play with our two dogs, Sally and Wendell. I’m a runner and love being outside. God has been so good to me. He teaches me something new each day. Life is a journey and He is constantly revealing himself to me. I am so grateful to be a part of Mocha Club’s work! I’m excited to see what He is doing in Kenya!

Now, meet Margaret Claire:

I moved to Nashville about almost 2 years ago, and I knew that when I moved here I wanted to get involved in non-profits and explore what international mission work could look like.  Last year I was on a run with a friend who was telling me about Mocha Club and its mission and the opportunity to serve abroad.  It has been on my heart since last summer to serve Mocha Club on this international experience, and I’m so excited to experience my fist mission trip abroad. I have loved being in Nashville and being part of a community that supports mission work and serving both locally and internationally.  Nashville is such a great community of people, great outdoor activities and there is always great music.  I can’t wait to get to know the mission and the community of Mocha Club even more.

And lastly, meet our trip leader, Fallon:

Fallon and Nancy from New Dawn School.

Hey friends! I’m so excited to be leading my third trip to Africa this summer! I officially joined the Mocha Club team in early 2013, but have been a long-time member and supporter. I’m a Michigan girl but living in Nashville for six years has made it home. I love dancing, baseball (Go Tigers!), and leftovers. As the Mocha Club Community Care Manager, my hope is to make your trip to Africa just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club!


Make sure to follow along on our travels by following the hashtag #mcjourney2019 here on the blog and on our socials.

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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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Our time at Blessed Camp : guest post by Kathryn Tuck

Hey, Kathryn here!

I’m one of the members of the Mocha Club Journey 2018 team!  I’m excited to share the first-half of our journey with you at Blessed Camp through my photos below:

Meet Beatrice. She shares her talent of sewing by teaching other women in the community sewing skills so they are able to support their families.  Here, my team member, Fallon purchased a skirt sewn by Beatrice; and her sweet daughter, Favour wanted to join the picture!                                                                                                                                          >>>>

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What a blessing these children were. We loved playing with them and learning about how they keep busy…no iPhones, iPads or tv, just their beautiful imaginations!  These girls found a rope, so of course, jump rope it is!  We also experienced jump rope without a rope…try that at home!

 

 

 

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Peter, also known as ‘Pastah — Director of Action Ministry and Mocha Club partner, walked us through the first edition of Blessed Camp, which was originally known as Rejected Village.  Next to the leprosy hospital, patients were not welcome back to their homes, therefore they had to create their own community.  Today Blessed Camp is full of love, life and lots of laughter!  Here you see individuals going about daily life — carrying wood and making concrete.

And Mother Margaret, “Maggie”, welcomed us into her home.  She was one of the first people to arrive in Blessed Camp and due to leprosy has difficulty walking. But rain or shine, finds her way to church every Sunday!                                                                             >>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second day we were at Blessed Camp, we helped participate in their weekly sanitation and prevention of parasites known as jiggers. The leaders of Blessed Camp along with Doctor John are able to serve not only the children in the school, but have opened their doors to the entire community of children.            >>>>

 

 

 

What is Blessed Camp planning next? A guest house for future visitors!

 

Our trip to Blessed Camp was short and sweet, however we will treasure these memories forever!  And, of course, never forget these sweet faces that greeted us every morning and left us with big smiles!

 

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#MCJourney2018 : meet Fallon!

And last but not least, it’s time to introduce the remaining team member of the Mocha Club Journey 2018!

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Meet Fallon!

Hey friends! I’m the trip leader for our journey this August! I officially joined the Mocha Club team in Nashville in early 2013, but have been a long-time member and supporter.  

As the Mocha Club Artist & Member Care Manager, I’ll make sure your trip to Africa is just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club! I love dancing, baseball (Go Tigers!), and leftovers.


The Mocha Club Journey 2018 team is headed to Kenya!  We will spend time with our partners at New Dawn Educational Centre  in 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.

 

 

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The secret to making a difference

“I don’t have the time, the money, or the giftings to make a difference.”

Ever caught yourself thinking this way? Peter Ochiel was once in your shoes. Now he runs a school, a church, and a clinic in one of the world’s last leper colonies.

How’d he do it?

He focused on the assets around him and took it one step at a time.

He embodies the asset-based development strategy Mocha Club teaches, and that you help fund as a member.

Peter was working in a restaurant in Kenya when one day, he met a man on the streets begging for school fees for his children. When Peter asked to meet his children, the man took him to Tumbe Village, which literally means “a place for rejected people.” It’s a leper colony that’s home to about 30 families who have been rejected by society.

Peter felt compelled to act. So he started small. He began going to visit every Sunday and renamed the village Blessed Camp.

People began to take notice of what he was doing and they joined him.

Peter’s heart for this village was contagious. The group started pulling together their assets and gifts to open a church in Blessed Camp, as well as a school for the children. Then they opened a medical clinic to help the lepers and, soon after, a feeding program. He built up this community step by step, utilizing the assets and talents of people around him in Mombasa.

Today, Peter’s organization, Action Ministry, is a Mocha Club partner. Your mochas are school fees for the children in the camp, medical supplies for the lepers, hope for a new generation in Kenya.

So his network of assets now includes you, and your assets now help him do his work.

Already, you’re providing hope for a new generation in Kenya.

It’s easy to think you’re helpless. But like Peter, you’re not. Start small, focus on what you have, and know that you’re already making a difference to people like Peter through your gifts to Mocha Club.

Not a Mocha Club member yet and ready to start making a difference? You can do so for less than $1/day. Start using what you have today and join Mocha Club!

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Imagine all we can do together in 2018!

Behind everyday generosity is the belief that the little things we do on a daily basis can add up to make a big difference. A mocha here, a mocha there — sometimes it’s easy to forget the big picture and hard to imagine how those sacrificed mochas add up over the course of the year. So we decided to take a step back and look at some of the impact Mocha Club members had this year.

The everyday generosity of Mocha Club members in 2017 turned into:


CLEAN WATER
200 households in Mvera, Malawi have access to clean water (and electricity!) after developing a community-driven solution to the problems caused by a lack of clean water in their village — low school attendance among girls, high rates of waterborne illnesses, and more.


ECONOMIC FREEDOM
Over 40 women stuck in the sex industry in Ethiopia received counseling, medical care, and skills training, pulling themselves out of life on the streets and creating a sustainable, healthy future for themselves and their families.


EDUCATION
95 students in Nairobi’s slums were able to receive a secondary-level education, something vital to breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Kenya.


HEALTHCARE
More than 30 children in Addis Ababa whose mothers are recovering from being trapped in the sex trade were provided with medical treatments and care, as well as nutritional support so they learn how to create healthy habits for themselves.


ORPHAN CARE
224 orphans and vulnerable children in Congo were counseled through the trauma they’ve experienced because of war and violence and taught life skills that will help them cope in the present and have hope for the future.


 

We can make an even greater impact if you commit to making your mochas matter in 2018!

Will you join our community today?
Join Today!

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3 Reasons Your Mochas Matter

A word from Mocha Club President, Emily Blackledge:

You’ve heard us say it over and over: you can make a difference simply by giving up the cost of a few mochas a month. But we’ll be the first to tell you – there’s no comparison between what you give and what you get.

While your lack of caffeine is temporary, your impact is not. Why? Because Mocha Club is dedicated to making sure your mochas matter long-term. Here’s how:

1. Collaborative Relationships : “We” is our favorite pronoun.

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If you have been engaged with an organization or visited some of their work and you only hear “us,” “them,” “theirs,” or “mine,” it is a telling example of a group divided. Without shared values, a common vision and dreams, the work being done belongs to only part of the group. In the long run, these projects and partnerships tend to end poorly. Mocha Club’s strategy is different. Your mochas help provide education for local leaders in the form of a community development course of study — a course co-created by representatives from multiple African countries that takes these leaders through the process of identifying, prioritizing, and addressing community needs. The local community development class in Mvera that proposed the water project we told you about on World Water Day spent months surveying neighbors, friends, family, local businesses, schools, and more to get to a consensus on the greatest need in their area. Not the greatest need for one part of the village or the greatest need to one segment of society or even the greatest need as assessed by Mocha Club the greatest need for the community as a whole, identified by the community as a wholeA community ceremony was just held to lay the foundation stone for the new water project. Here you see traditional leaders, church leaders, police and the Malawi Defence Force, government officials, and local residents. All turned out to collectively celebrate the beginning of the project. Mvera’s original well was built by missionaries and not owned by the community. This time around, “we” is who owns the project – everyone was involved in naming the need and finding a solution, each household will register to use the water and contribute a monthly fee to pay for upkeep and maintenance, and a local committee will be nominated to oversee the project’s continued success. When Mvera residents are still enjoying clean water decades from now, it’s your mochas that made it so.

2. Meaningful Impact: We know who calls the shots.

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And it’s not the group of us sitting in offices here in the United States. One of the reasons Mvera has a water shortage is because it is in a hilly area full of rocks and the water springs dry out during the dry season. The other reason is man made. Mvera is in the Dowa district of Malawi – a district that Leonard, our local Country Director, tells us was “the first district in Malawi created by colonial masters” and means “a place of wild animals.” The well in Mvera was originally dug by missionaries. What was once 36 meters deep and fully functional turned into 7 meters deep and not at all sufficient for the community. Local Malawians didn’t determine its location, they weren’t trained on its upkeep, they weren’t involved at any point of the well’s life cycle. During its research, the community development class in Mvera discovered several potential needs during a social analysis – employment, education, health care. But because they approached the situation from a place of “we,” the community of Mvera determined on its own that the most pressing problem was the water shortage. It makes perfect sense — why would a group of people from a different culture, speaking a different language, be able to determine the best course of action for a community halfway across the world? How would my community know if the next best tool for the Mvera community is a grade school or a water well or a pig farm? Your mochas matter because the people calling the shots are the ones on the ground, the ones that know their communities inside and out.

3. Creative Solutions: We build with what we have.

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An accurate understanding of reality is important, but leading with the worst qualities doesn’t really inspire anyone’s participation. We already know that without everyone’s engagement, without “we,” development isn’t sustainable. When strategy is focused on what is working – assets to build on, tools that already exist – you can do things you had no idea could be done. For example, in researching the options for a water solution in Mvera, the local class discovered that they already had much of what they needed – river sand, rocks, quarry stones, manpower, and expertise. They consulted professional builders in the community, engineers, the local electricity supplier, a pipe company, and the local government. Once this project is complete, they’ve already dreamed of building on it and expanding access to more and more people. Building with what you have attracts others (and their talents and resources) to join the dream. Asset-based development makes your mochas matter long into the future.

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Community Update:

I am glad to report that the Mvera water project is progressing well. After the laying of the Foundation Stone, people in the community began the work and it has been very successful. Right now the community is mobilizing locally available resources for the construction of the tank (water reservoir). Here are photos showing the laying of the foundation stone and the actual work beginning.  – Leonard Chipangano, Malawi Country Director

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Your mochas can become clean water.

Mocha Club’s community leader writes… Mvera is home to 300 villages in central Malawi. It is pretty difficult to get water in this area — because it is a hilly area full of rocks, the water springs dry out during the dry season and boreholes are hard to drill. There are two wells: one that functions and one that doesn’t and has been broken for years. So the 300 villages in Mvera all rely on this one functioning well — including those who live 3+ miles away from it. 

Mvera is also home to one of Mocha Club’s local community development classes. As the class spent time out in the community, listening to friends, neighbors, and local stakeholders, the gravity of the water situation became very clear — Lack of clean water is something that affects everything and everyone in the community.

Women and girls are often the ones forced to spend their days going back and forth to the one working well; women even keep mats at the well so they can rest while they wait in the long lines and the young girls miss school classes in order to help their families retrieve water.

The students in the community development class found that the local hospital was having a hard time keeping up with the rate of water-borne illnesses. It has even had to push expectant mothers out of the hospital because there is no water. In addition, new businesses don’t want to set up shop in a town without water either.

So the class went to work. They talked to local engineers, parts suppliers, professional builders and plumbers to get suggestions, cost estimates, and timelines. Fixing the old well — which they found out was dug in 1922, originally to 36 meters deep — was time consuming and expensive as it had gotten so full of sand and mud over the past 95 years that it now went only 7 meters deep. So they went back to work, consulting more members of the community and water experts. Turns out they had local resources to complete a piping project that would take water from the functioning well to a new purification tank further out and then, once treated, from the tank through smaller pipes to a distribution area easily accessible by 5,000 people.

They put together a proposal which included a plan for strategically piping water and purifying it for those communities in need. The proposal includes how they would utilize local resources and also the opportunity for funding to make this project become a reality and sent the proposal to Mocha Club’s local Country Director. It went through a few rounds of vetting — ensuring the project was feasible, practical, locally sustainable — now it is time to act.

Here’s where you come in — your mochas can become 5dffe47c3570533b449d773d_372x560Mvera’s clean water. Your everyday generosity, together with the rest of the Mocha Club community, will be the reason 5,000 have safe drinking water, a functioning hospital, fuller schools, and new economic opportunities. And it will be the reason the next community, and the next community, and the next community after Mvera get clean water.

Mocha Club Members, THANK YOU!

 

Not a member yet? Want to help provide clean water to Mvera and other communities? Will you give up a few extra mochas this World Water Day?

Join today and we’ll send you a Mocha Club water bottle as a thank you!


 

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Announcing: Mocha Club Journey 2017 !

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Has it been life-long dream to travel to Africa? Do you have a heart to serve others around the world? Do you love to meet new people and find friends with common interests?

If you answered YES to any of the above, join the Mocha Club Journey 2017 trip to Africa this summer!


This summer we are headed to Ethiopia and Kenya!  We will spend time with our partners at Women at Risk in both the capital city of Addis Ababa, and in Nazareth, a town a few hours outside of the city. We will also visit New Dawn Educational Centre and Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Our trips provide an opportunity for Mocha Club members and their friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand what giving up a few mochas a month can do, while having a chance to serve the African people. The trip will be 12 days long and we team up with the local indigenous leaders in each country to serve alongside them in the orphanages, schools, and other various projects that Mocha Club supports.

  • Dates: June 11- June 22, 2017 (dates could vary 1-2 days on each side, depending on flight availability)
  • Cost: $4,000
  • Trip Details: Click here!
  • Interested? Email trips(at)themochaclub.org. We will follow up with details! But don’t wait too long… space is limited! 

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(or download the application & mail in):

Mocha Club
P.O. Box 2888
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Meet Your Trip Leaders:

IMG_0112  Curtis Stoneberger has been a long-time friend of Mocha Club and currently stands as the Executive Vice President of the organization. His first trip to Africa was a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Mocha Club Artist, Sidewalk Prophets. He enjoys rides on his motorcycle, family time at his cabin, and music.

 

Fallon Mocha Club Trip Leader  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, her puppy Henry, and leftovers.

Clean Water

Before and After : Clean Water All Over the Continent

Mocha Club has been part of fighting for the eradication of poverty for years & we began by focusing on the #1 problem : no access to clean water. Throughout the years, we have worked with our partners to find sustainable solutions to provide clean water – this basic necessity for life – for our friends in Africa. And today, we are celebrating multiple success stories throughout the continent.

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In late 2012, New Dawn Education Centre reported that the rain water catchment system that was put in place as part of the “greening” efforts (making the most of the local environment), was broken due to heavy rains. The lack of clean water not only affected students who rely on the system for drinking water and for watering gardens while at school, but also impacted the local community which has access to the system. Without it, they would have to walk long distances for clean water. Earlier this year, Mocha Club and New Dawn was able to partner with the local community and fix the piping to the system. This was a success in both the repair and also the ability to collectively work with the community to work together for a fix.


 

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In Sierra Leone, without any Stateside influence or unnecessary “how tos,” we received a fully detailed plan, based on the framework laid out in our handbook, on the need for a clean water solution in the leader’s community. The water well would be self sustainable through revenue generating services and completely built and maintained by the local community! We were so thrilled to receive the plan for this water well, especially considering we, in the US offices, have never spent time “doing” community development in Sierra Leone. The only thing it needed was a one-time donation to get things rolling. And, thanks to the Mocha Club Community giving up their small sacrifices, we were able to make that donation! Celebrate with us the creation of the newest Mocha Club clean water solution in Sierra Leone.


 

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And from Lizulu Orphan Care , we hear from the founder, Everton Kamangire:

“We are happy to share that we now have a full water supply to the main centre of the project. Although the project faced difficulties to be implemented and completed, finally the project has succeeded and safe and potable water is flowing down to the centre, and the challenges encountered are just history. We are also selling surplus to the people renting in three nearby houses and to the local Secondary School. We are pumping the water using solar energy.”

“We have embarked on food production (maize) to help reduce costs of some of the food items for the Project. Another reason is to equip the children with different techniques and skills for food production so that in the future they can use and benefit from them especially when they will become independent. We also grow beans. The maize has yet to be harvested.

The Project is also developing a program of giving children food, like the maize, to take home so that they have food at home to eat before they go to bed (supper). This food distribution will occur during the time of year when most households in the villages experience food shortages.”