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blogABLE team Ethiopia 2013It’s so hard to summarize an experience like our #blogABLE trip into a neat, tidy blog post. It was an incredible, quick, packed, beautiful, exhausting, impacting week. We spent time with the courageous ladies going through rehabilitation at Women at Risk – we sang, we danced, we made guacamole. And we hugged necks and shared stories and drank coffee with the brave heroes at fashionABLE, who taught us how to work a loom and showed us that we don’t have to be defined by our past. We left with the reminder that while we may live an ocean apart, in different time zones and different circumstances, we are more connected than we could have ever imagined.

Below are some posts from the team, as they honestly process and reflect on what we experienced in Ethiopia on their own blogs.
Thanks again for following along with us…
-marisa

(more posts to be added as they come… also look back at the #blogABLE hashtag on twitter & instagram for pics!)

Gaby @whatsgabycookin // Ethiopia
Jenna @eatliverun // Ethiopia: On The Ground // What Ethiopia Taught Me // I Need Africa
Dana @possessionista // Photos From Ethiopia
Emily @emilymaynard // fashionABLE
Ellie @ellieholcomb // After Ethiopia
Shannan @flowerpatchfg // Ethiopia Days 1&2 // The Lighter Side // What Ethiopia Taught Me // I Need Africa
Hayley  @thetinytwig // Don’t You Love Africa? // Eyob
Erin @erinloechner // Dear Ethiopia // Thoughts From Ethiopia
Trina (virtual traveler) @lalalovelyblog // A Decorated Heart

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Mocha Club Members

Nick
I originally joined Mocha Club to help create change in a world far less fortunate than mine. Through my time volunteering and interning, I learned not only about how much change Mocha Club was creating in Africa, but also how much I could learn from the Africans whose lives Mocha Club was affecting. I remember seeing the "I Need Africa" video for the first time and nearly being moved to tears from the truth of that film. Overall, the community of people involved in Mocha Club are not only intelligent, creative, passionate, and general rockstars, they also are welcoming and made me feel like part of a family working to better not only the lives of others, but also, our own lives.
Nick in Tennessee
Mary
Having recently moved to Houston Texas from Beijing China. I was overwhelmed by all the various platforms in the US that enable and encourage people to give. My husband and I are starting a life from scratch on one salary, but I feel blessed to learn to downsize and give to causes that speak to my heart.
Mary in Texas