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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

Stephanie
Africa has always held a special place in my heart, especially the children there.  They constantly remind me how blessed I am to have a roof over my head and food in my stomach.  My grandfather and my brother have both been to Africa and came home with heartfelt stories.  I love how MochaClub takes something as simple as $9 a month and helps so many people!  This is why I have joined MochaClub and continue to stay as well as volunteer my time when I can.  I love the people at MochaClub, their heart, and their willingness to help those around the world.  Going to Africa is on my bucket list and I look forward to that day, but until then I will continue to show my support through Mocha Club.
Stephanie in Tennessee
Whitney
I was inspired to join Mocha Club after hearing a passionate explanation of what it's all about from Matt Wertz at one of his shows. The concept of giving up just a few "mochas" (in my case, green tea lemonades) a month brilliantly displays the reality of how easy it is to help others. In our privileged first world lives (even for those of us who barely make rent) that really is nothing out of the budget. The impact just one person can have on such life-changing causes is more rewarding then we can imagine. It should be this obvious to everyone!  Get involved.
Whitney in New York