Women and children are often the most exposed and abused victims of injustice, especially in the war-torn areas of Africa. In Nazaret, Ethiopia, Mocha Club helps rehabilitate women who were forced into a life of prostitution as an attempt to escape poverty. The “Economic Freedom” program provides spiritual, emotional, and psychological counseling and helps these women find alternate means of income to support themselves and their children. By joining the Mocha Club, you, too, can help restore communities like those in Ethiopia by providing health, safety, and hope.
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Our Current Work
Ellilta Women at Risk
In 1992, Serawit “Cherry” Teketel had recently graduated from college and was searching for a job without any success. During her struggle, she felt God challenge her about the plight of the women trapped in the sex industry on the streets of her city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. She thought, “if I was struggling this hard to find a job with a degree, how much more difficult, almost impossible, was it for these young women with all their brokenness and lack of education?” This realization became an abundantly clear calling which was the start of Women at Risk. Cherry began meeting and teaming up with others with a similar burden for these vulnerable young women. As a team of same heart, they started to look closely in the issue, talk to people, read, pray and then go out on the streets to meet the girls. What soon became apparent was that each girl was desperate for help and refuge to escape their current lifestyle.
Mocha Club partners with Women at Risk to provide rehabilitation from desperate circumstances, counseling to redeem deep emotional and physical trauma, skills training and job opportunity for women formerly on the streets in the sex industry.
In 2010, Mocha Club and Women at Risk further partnered to launch our sister company, fashionABLE to provide direct job opportunity for graduates of the Women at Risk program.
Mocha Club Members
Kate in TexasI’ve had this deep longing in my heart to serve Africa since I was 15. I have no idea why, and no idea where it came from, but for years I’ve felt the pull. I found the Mocha Club and after realizing how easy it is to give up just a small amount of money to make a difference, signed up, and have gotten more involved since. In wanting to satisfy my desire to help, I was handed instead a helping of grace and humility that created an even deeper need to understand. “I Need Africa” rings true for me because, at the end of the day, it’s my heart and soul that is changed by Africa, and I feel more whole because of it.”
Lindsay in TennesseeI remember the first time I heard about Mocha Club and its mission, & it was something I thought was very doable & could make a difference. Donating the cost of 2 mochas… a month, how could I not? It was affordable, especially on my budget, and I’ve always had a heart for missions / volunteering. This was a way I could contribute and MC made it possible. I’ve made it a point to continue to donate for the last 4 years because it is easy to get caught up in life and worry about only yourself, but there are others out there who have far less and who am I to be so selfish?”