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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

blogABLE_recap

Mocha Club Members

Melanie
After going to Kenya in June 2011, my perspective shifted.  I watched orphans joyfully kick a "football" made out of cloth and my heart yearned for their simplicity and hope.  I give to Mocha Club because it's simple and purposeful.  Giving up what I want to provide others with what they need.
Melanie in North Carolina
Collin
I joined the Mocha Club because I have a huge heart for development in Africa and hope to possibly use my education in urban planning to help improve the living conditions of people in need. Yet I realized that while these are my future goals, I was not doing anything in the present to have an immediate effect. So, when I heard about the Mocha Club at a recent Matt Wertz concert I thought, "I should do that!" and I signed up that night.
Collin in Kentucky