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Orphan Care

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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BEFORE

BEFORE

 

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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AFTER

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TODAY!

 

FROM THE FIELD

Grace in Ghana

With the help of Mocha Club, Grace Orphanage in Sunyani, Ghana helps children orphaned because of accident, HIV/AIDS, and natural deaths. Most of these children are from urban areas and find it difficult to get access to education, health facilities and basic items like clothing.  Some of these children live with extended family while still enduring huge obstacles. Grace Orphanage continues to make a big impact on the lives of these orphans.  A couple of these children recently described their living situation and why the experience at Grace Orphanage means so much to them:

I live in a village called Adongo, near Sunyani. The village is very far from the school, but I always have to walk to school with no proper school uniform. I find it very difficult to get food to eat in the school. I thank African Leadership/Mocha Club for helping me.”

“ I live in a village far from my school. I am living with somebody, a farmer, as a house help, because I have no one to help me. I am not given any money for school uniforms and food. Thank you African Leadership/Mocha Club for thinking about me. God bless you all.”

Thanks for continuing to support Orphan Care, which allows us to improve opportunity for all these kids!

Education, FROM THE FIELD

Flush your worries away.

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The kids at the Sunyani Orphanage in Ghana have lots to celebrate.

Thanks to the monthly donations of members like you, we have always been able to fully fund the nutritional support for the kids every month.

Recently, the Ghanian government began a feeding/nutrition program in primary schools. So the money from Mocha Club previously used for the feeding program can now be redistributed.

So we took that money and built … ahem … a toilet.

The students in the primary school are now able to use the bathroom in a clean and sanitary way that was previously not available to them.

Your continued support of the Orphan Care project allows us to improve the overall educational experience for all the kids.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

Provisions for Grace.

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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.

Education, FROM THE FIELD

She didn't have a chance.

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We received this letter from one of the students at our orphanage in Zimbabwe. Nothing means more to us that hearing how just $7 a month from our Orphan Care members and artists can literally change the course of a life.

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My name is Anita. I am a 23 year old female who had the privilege of being a beneficiary in the [Mocha Club] Orphans Programme.

The program reached out it’s helping hand at a time when much confusion and fear concerning the financing of my education was at the peak. I had just lost my father, who was the bread winner of our little family of four.

At the time I was waiting for my ‘O’ Level results, my sister was a second year student nurse and my mother was, and still is, a farmer. The loss of my father caused an upheaval in our everyday life and there was no means by which I could continue my education. This was in March 2008.

My mother did all she could but with my sister’s needs, it was hard for her to also help me achieve my educational goals. I also looked for work to try and ease the burden on her, but having only an ‘O’ Level Certificate I earned very little and could contribute little.

She appealed to Agrippa Dube [our Director in Zimbabwe] and he entered me into it at the beginning of this year. I have just recently completed my course in Marketing Management. I set for my finals and am confidently waiting for my results at the end of the year.

No words can explain the relief; joy and hope for the future that fills my heart as I write this. None can describe the gratitude for the chance the program gave me. Not only that, but I am also grateful to see the happiness on my mother’s face. I have a future now, something I had stopped hoping for. Thank you Mocha Club, God will bless your cause and all that help it reach people like me.

Thank you,

Anita

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

Sipho yourself.

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Our Orphan Care project in Zimbabwe is one of the longest running project we have here at Mocha Club. And sometimes, when you’ve been doing the same thing for so long (since Mocha Club started in 2005), you begin to wonder if it is making a difference.

Meet Sipho. Then you decide.

In Zimbabwe, students do not receive free education. There are school fees every year that many kids can’t afford. Mocha Club has made it possible for Sipho to attend high school. Not only is he attending, he is nailing every course and taking a hefty load. Check out his classes and his grades from last semester.

Mathematics – B

English – B

Biology – B

Intergrated Science – A

Commerce – A

History – A

Geography – A

Ndebele – A

That isn’t the report card of a dude who doesn’t care about his education or is taking this opportunity for granted. Looking at Sipho’s scores, you can “Sipho” yourself that he is the kind of kid in which we want to invest. (See what we did there? “Sipho” yourself = “See for” yourself? Good stuff.)

Your $7 a month donated to the Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children project goes towards students like Sipho receiving the education that they deserve. Because of his high scores, Sipho is now a high achiever at Fatima High School,  doing Economics, Geography, and Business Studies.

Education, FROM THE FIELD

That's Dr. Sandiso to you.

To us, nothing is more powerful than hearing testimonies straight from the students who are being served by our orphan care projects around Africa. Sandiso is one of those kids from our project in Zimbabwe. The Educational Project there targets the most vulnerable children who had lost their parents due to HIV/Aids and other causes of death in those areas.

Here Sandiso tells us, in his own words, of his plans now that he has finished high school.

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The Word of God says “where there is no vision people cast off restrains [perish].” Though a poor background affected my early childhood. I thank God who raised me from the dust by raising African Leadership who wishes that I maximize and stir the gift in me.

From 2008, I have been assisted to pursue my studies since I am still straining to reach my goal of being a Doctor and a Pastor. I was doing ‘A’ Level at Mtshabezi High School where I managed to get 10 points:

Mathematics – C [3]

Biology – B [4]

Chemistry – C [3]

I was admitted by University of Zimbabwe to do Medical Laboratory Science for three full years and then to branch to medicine. It is my desire to study and fulfill my vision which still stands to reveal to the whole world that “Doctors Treats Then God Heals.” This motto has probed me to display a powerful and loving God to a wicked and perverse generation especially the learned who deny His existence. I am beginning the program on 30 August 2011.

I thank God who takes me by His hand from dust to achieve my goals. Amen.

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Some may say that orphans are second-class citizens and they couldn’t become doctors… and possibly even shouldn’t. Sandiso is proving them wrong. And we’re glad to be a part of that.

FROM THE FIELD, Orphan Care

New Life Orphanage.

The New Life Orphanage is the only orphanage available for Darfur orphans. It is unique because loving care is provided for surviving children from both sides of the conflict raging there- Christian and Muslim alike. We have a beautiful opportunity, through Make Way Partners, to model love and forgiveness as we help children heal and forgive those who persecuted, raped, or murdered their parents.

Here is a video update about the New Life Orphanage

Sudan – Orphanage from The Mocha Club on Vimeo.

You can read more information about what we are doing in Sudan for the orphans at the Make Way Partners Sudan page. Below you see a map of the New Life Orphanage. Click it and you can read about each area of the facility! Your $7 a month helps maintain this area and provide for the children that are orphaned in Darfur.

Education, FROM THE FIELD

Jedi got a job!

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In 2007, we told you how some of the boys at Calvary Youth Hostel were headed to college. One of the boys, Jedi Emason, began in May 2007 at Kenyatta University, pursuing a bachelor’s in Education. If you look back on that post, you can see the list of students headed off to college and Jedi is right there! He is #2 on the list!

We recently received an email from Benson, our director in Kenya, regarding Jedi.

Jedi Emason graduated on 10th December 2010 with Bachelor of Education second class honors upper division. By the grace of God he has acquired a teaching position in a Secondary school at a very remote place in the Northern Kenya.

Four years ago when we first sent these boys off to college, we had high hopes that they would be successful. Your consistent $7/month has allowed Jedi to not only complete college, but find a steady teaching job! In his own words…

I am very thankful for the massive support of Mocha Club towards my schooling. They have actually done a good thing in my life by educating me through their greater support. I do indeed highly recognize and appreciate the concerns and support. May Almighty God bless them for their greater concerns.

It is amazing to see how $7/month had changed these boys’ lives and now Jedi has the chance to continue bringing education to students in Northern Kenya!

FROM THE FIELD

Meet Janet & Her Grandchildren in Ghana

Janet & her grandchildren

Janet and her grandchildren

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to some of the individual families who are being helped by the Grace Orphan Project that MC supports in Sunyani, Ghana.

This is Janet and her 3 grandchildren: Samuel is 9-years-old, Solomon is 6-years-old, and a little girl who is 3-years-old.   Janet does not have any extended family to assist any way.  She also lives in a separate dwelling, not a compound, so she is absolutely alone.  This setup is very strenuous for this old woman who is fully responsible for the grandchildren. Two of the children are from her daughter who left the kids with her and seldom visits and is too poor to send any money. The other child is from her son who is now dead.  To earn money, Janet heats the palm nut and extracts oil for sale.

In this area of Ghana, most households live way below the poverty line and do not have access to social security, state welfare, or food stamps.  They do not have any medical insurance and are unable to cover any medical costs whatsoever (not even aspirin for headaches). They barely make it from day to day.  Subsistence farming is the main characteristic of each household.  Most of the households are comprised of a grandmother taking care of grandchildren who have either lost one or both parents and are therefore considered orphans.

As you can see, life there is quite different from here in the U.S. where there is federal or state assistance available for those living in poverty.

Through MC’s Orphan Care program, Janet’s grandchildren are provided with education, school uniforms, shoes, and school supplies.  Thank you for your sacrifice to help serve the children of Ghana.