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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:

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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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Women at Risk: Healing From the Inside Out

When thinking about organizations in Africa, you may be thinking, “How are people selected to be in these programs?”

The process of selecting women to be apart of the Women at Risk program is not a quick or easy process. The women are chosen based on their desire to leave the prostitution industry and their desire to leave it in the past. Here is a closer look into the process of how women’s lives are being changed.

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First, social workers visit the women on the streets and in bars during the night, hoping to talk to them and build relationships with them. During the night visits, the social workers look for women who are desiring to leave prostitution and find a way out.

The beautiful thing about this is that the women are met right where they are. In the streets. In the bars. Just as they are. 

The social workers get to know them right where they are and invite them to come to the center for more relationship building. Finally, if the desire to get out of prostitution is authentic, they are invited for a final interview.

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Next, twenty women are accepted into the program and begin structured counseling. Many of the women receive one-on-one counseling to make their rehabilitation a success!

During this counseling, the women are loved on and cared for not just physically, but mentally and spiritually.

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In the final phase of the program, skills training, the women choose a skill to pursue and grow in. Trades include designing and tailoring, food preparation, and hair styling. Eight of the women also chose to start their own businesses and employ themselves. Training in finance was provided for these women, so they can learn the necessary skills to be successful.

One of the most impactful parts of this program is that during the rehabilitation process childcare is provided! In the Nazareth Project in Nazareth Town, Ethiopia, there are 54 children and mothers being cared for. Out of the 54 children, 11 of them are under the age of 4. The children receive day care and participate in a summer camp.

Without the help and care for the children, the mothers would not be capable of going through the full process of the Women at Risk program.

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Women at Risk is not only just for women, but it also helps children receive the loving care they need!

So when you participate in giving to The Mocha Club, you are not only helping women change their lives for the better, but you are helping families become whole again.

HEKO Stories: Relationships Formed

The relationships formed through African Leadership and HEKO are very impactful! They change women’s lives by giving them hope and by simply showing them love.

Here is the story of one woman who changed her life after meeting the people from African Leadership and HEKO:

Teresa Anyango Odiawo was diagnosed HIV/AIDS positive after her husband died from the disease. She was living with her two children and her HIV/AIDS positive younger brother. She was having a hard time coping with people mistreating her because of her disease.

She was introduced to HEKO, where she participated in psycho-spiritual counseling. She also met Barrett Ward and Emily Blackledge from African Leadership who supported her micro-finance training. The support and help shown by these two organizations gave her hope and inspiration.

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Teresa and her brother

Teresa started a bead work business and trains other people living with HIV/AIDS on knitting, beadwork, and crocheting. She has become a role model for people living with the disease and volunteers as a social health worker.

She now understands the importance of community and having relationships with people. She would not have gained this confidence without the example shown by Emily Blackledge being there for her third child’s birth, Barrett Ward’s support and teaching, or HEKO‘s compassion and training.

When you give to Mocha Club, you are helping create relationships that build communities.

 

 

What are we thankful for this year?

YOU!

Project C.U.R.E. is an organization that Mocha Club donations help support by giving medical and healthcare supplies to different countries in Africa. And year-after-year, YOU have been providing life-saving medical care + supplies to communities all over the continent.

The last donation was used to provide care to pregnant women through an organization called Saving Mothers, Giving Life. The movement works to reduce the number of deaths that happen while women are giving birth. In many countries in Africa, women do not have the right medical care to prevent death while giving birth if complications arise such as severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure or unsafe abortions.

Donations from Mocha Club were used to ship this container full of medical supplies including boxes of disinfectant bottles, wipes, thermometers, stethoscopes, drip stands, and beds to help provide care for many mothers receiving care. With the Mocha Club’s help, lives are being saved!

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Thank you again for your donations and the life-saving care that you are helping provide to the women in Africa!

Before and After: Lizulu Orphan Care

Founded by Everton Kamangire, Lizulu Orphan Care is an organization in Malawi that addresses the challenge of orphan care. They seek to provide assistance and aid to orphans while keeping them in homes in their communities to respect their dignity and teach them a sense of belonging to a family.

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Over the years YOU have helped provide for over 500 orphans and have changed the lives in the community by helping provide food, clothing, blankets, education, medical care, and spiritual guidance

 

 

 

 

The program is working to become financially sustainable through its agriculture program, which feeds the orphans, and through renting out houses they built to local families. YOUR donations have helped build these houses and provided homes for the orphans within the program! See the impact of your donations in the photos and video below!

 

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TODAY!

 

Mochatern Monday: 10.05.15

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A few weeks ago at the office we had a visitor named Baraka. She is from Rwanda. I got to sit down and chat with her and learn about her life. As she shared her story with me, I was overwhelmed by her courage! She grew up during the Rwanda genocide and was only 14 years old when these tragic events happened. She and her family survived, but later returned to Rwanda and to lots of devastation. She ended up becoming a nurse and now she helps with trauma counseling for children and training adults in her community. Imagine this : There are only about 1 mental health professional per 1 million people in Rwanda. And Baraka is one of them. She told me about the joy she has because of how God has been good to her and how he has given her a specific path in life. 

Our conversation really made me think about how everyone experiences pain, suffering, and trials, just in different ways. Every person on this earth.

FullSizeRenderMy conversation with Baraka was a great reminder that God is the only provider of joy and even when we are unsure, He is constant. She also reminded me that people need love and are made to help each other get through the tough things. I am so thankful to have gotten to meet her!

That is one of the many reasons I am loving my internship here at Mocha Club! I love the people here and the new stories I get to hear everyday.

I am working on writing stories about our health care projects and specifically women impacted by the HEKO program that Mocha Club supports. Check out one of the stories I wrote here and be on the lookout for more!

Lana

 

Mochatern Monday: 09.21.15

Hey Mocha Club,

I have exciting news! Last week I found out that I will be traveling to Kenya for two weeks during Christmas break! I am excited to use what I learn about Africa at the Mocha Club during the trip. I’ve never been to Africa and I know God will use me to serve the people there. Please be praying for safety in Africa, that funds will be raised for all of the team members, and that the trip will be used to show God’s love to all of the people there.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.06.20 PM

Our Mocha Club merchandise closet is close to empty after our sale – thanks for all who purchased! Head over to the store now to see what’s left before we release the new stuff! I got to look at all of the new designs and I can’t wait for all of you to see them.

 

Friday was one of the Mocha Club staff member’s, Katie Rose’s, birthday, so we celebrated at the office with donuts of course! Yum! Why is it so hard to eat just one?

As you may remember last spring, the Mochaterns hosted a Mocha Club event on Belmont’s Campus. Annabelle and I are also working on planning our Mocha Club events at Lipscomb and Belmont, so be on the lookout for news about those.

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Don’t forget to follow along on Twitter @Mochatern and ‘like’ the Mocha Club Facebook page!

Thanks for reading!

Lana