I recently had the opportunity to present the Jolkona message at a Fundraiser that the South Asian Student Association (SASA) at the University of Washington held on Friday, January 11, 2008. The event was coordinated by the efforts of a student at UW, Semonti Hossain who is on the Board of SASA in order to raise money and awareness of the recent tragic cyclone in Bangladesh. She is an amazing leader who took ownership and helped coordinate the event. She also spearheaded fundraising efforts of the Bangladeshi Student Association last year for the cyclone raising almost $800.

The fundraiser was a cultural movie night where all proceeds were donated to Jolkona Foundation for our cyclone relief efforts. Although the event was small, we were able to raise almost $100, but more importantly, we were able to raise awareness, enthusiasm, and support from the students at UW for Jolkona’s vision and for the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr.

Before the start of the movie, I was invited to give a brief presentation about Jolkona Foundation and concluded with a description of our cyclone relief efforts. We got very positive feedback from the students present during the event. We are excited to work with the student community at UW and hopefully, with students at universities around the nation to help spread the word about Jolkona in the grass-roots level!

We truly believe that Jolkona Foundation will only be a success with the help of people around the world that are truly committed to change and college students and young working professionals are at the core of our vision!