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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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
Travis in TennesseeFor the longest time, I’ve been trying to figure out just why I need Africa. It seems like it should be so very simple. I’ve been a Mocha Club member for years. I interned and even went on a trip. Then it finally hit me. I spend almost 2 weeks seeing things that I would try to comprehend at home in my comfortable little life, but I could never really understand until I was face to face with them. I need Africa because Africa showed me a bigger reality than the one I thought I was living in. I need Africa because Africa taught me how to dream big. Africa showed me that I too have a place in changing the world around me; it’s now up to me if I want to take it.”
Lauren in ColoradoHumans are made mostly of water. Well, I’m made mostly of coffee. I have a latte in the morning, 3 cups of coffee while I’m at work, and unwind after a long day with an iced macchiato. But by giving up just 2 fancy coffee drinks per month, I could change somebody’s life. I could give a voice to those that can’t speak for themselves. That’s why I have been a member since 2011.”