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Annie Downs - Purpose Project with Mocha Club!

The 10k Purpose Project

Project: Education

Goal: $10,000

Amount Raised: $12355

Month: February 2014

Blog: http://annieblogs.com

Why:

Hi, I’m Annie.  I’m an author and a speaker, where I spend a lot of time with high school & college girls.  I used to work for the Mocha Club, and before that I taught school.  And when you combine all of these current & past jobs together, you get to something that I really love: the New Dawn school in Kenya.

Made from modified, recycled shipping containers and featuring solar energy that powers all things electric, New Dawn Education Centre is the pride of the slum communities of Huruma and Githogoro, in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya. Until 2004, when New Dawn opened it’s doors, most young people would not have had an opportunity for a high school education. Primary education in Kenya is free, but high school is only for those who can afford the fees.

The teachers & staff at New Dawn work hard to close the poverty gap by providing a top-notch education, with the hope that students will be empowered to attend university and achieve a quality of life unimagined in a childhood of poverty.

The school was built in 2 parts… the “old” building is 2 stories, and houses 4 classrooms (one for each grade). The “new” building opened just 2 years ago, and its 3 stories make up the resource center — with the science labs, computer lab, assembly hall and library. The new building is much more energy efficient and was built with better planning and long-term sustainability.

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The old building, the 4 classrooms where the kids learn each day, need our help! Our goal is to raise $2500 to help each of the classrooms… repairing the walls & ceilings, buying new white boards, and even helping to cover the cost of the amazing teachers that are giving their lives to teach these kids.

So… we’re raising $10,000 this month for these kids.  And when we do? I’m gonna go to Africa & see it for myself.  AND — I’m going to take one of you with me!  Yup. If you donate at-least $25, you’ll be eligible to apply to come with us in May. For free.

So let’s do this guys. This is the shortest month of the year (hey, I like a challenge.) so we’ve gotta jump on it!

*those who donate at-least $25 & are 18+ will be contacted at the end of the month with an application to go on the trip! if you have any questions email trips(at)themochaclub.org.

Mocha Club Members

Christine
The problems in Africa can at times seem so big and hopeless but Mocha Club makes me feel like I can be a part of making a difference.  On my own I know my $9 wouldn't go very far, but by combining all of our small sacrifies and making teams who are giving to different missions we can together can make a big impact.  I love that!
Christine 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