This month six Jolkona volunteers, including co-founders Nadia Khawaja Mahmud and Adnan Mahmud, are traveling to Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand to spend time visiting our partner organizations in Southeast Asia. Jolkonaâ€™s mission has always been to connect our donors to global philanthropic opportunities and show donors the impact of their donation, whether itâ€™s a photo, video or a card. During this trip, we intend to capture the spirit of our mission. Our goal is to experience face-to-face the impact of Jolkonaâ€™s partners, and share our stories back with our donors and friends in the most effective way. Visiting our partners is also an invaluable part of evolving our giving platform. On top of that, weâ€™re planning on experiencing the culture, food and having some fun along the way!
Past trips to Africa and South America have been key in developing closer relationships with our partners and directly experiencing the impact weâ€™re making on the ground, as well as helping tell those stories to our donors.
Southeast Asia (Bangladesh specifically) is where our work first started. Three years later, weâ€™ve scaled to over 110 projects around the globe, and 28 specifically in SE Asia. During our trip, weâ€™ll be visiting:
- Bangladesh â€“ DCI, BRAC limb center
- Thailand â€“ Rockefeller Center, Thai Action Committee
- Camdodia – 1. KMR, Tean Thor, FEDA Cambodia
Two new campaigns
To build excitement and garner support for the partner projects, we’re launching two campaigns. Both support projects that we will be visiting during our trip. Help raise funds for these great projects!
Our first partner visit in Bangladesh will be our partner BRAC at their Limb and Brace Fitting Centre (BLBC). Their primary goal is increasing the independence of physically disabled persons by enhancing their ability to participate in daily life, social and economic activities. BRAC supports the disabled population with rehabilitation aids and services using appropriate technology. Our goal through your donation is to provide a total of 4 braces for those in need. Donate to our campaignÂ here.
Our second visit will be with another of OUR inspirational partners in Bangladesh — Distressed Children & Infants. Through your donation, you can provide medication to help alleviate preventable illnesses related to lack of proper sanitation and water among impoverished children in Bangladesh. Make a donation here.
When you contribute the full amount to either projects, you will receive a proof of impact for your donation. You can also give different amounts, starting at $5, though you will not receive a proof for a partial gift.
We’re so excited to be doing this! Please keep up with us on our blog, Facebook and Twitter as we share Team Southeast Asiaâ€™s experiences! Also be sure to follow Nadia,Â Adnan and Melinda onÂ Twitter as theyâ€™re posting some great live updates.
Nadia, Adnan, Chi, Krishnaja, Melinda & Zanoon
The Jolkona SE Asia TeamPlease Note: This trip is a 100% funded by the volunteers who have graciously given of their own time and money. No funds from Jolkona have been used to sponsor any portion of this trip.