When work becomes play
“Find what you are passionate about and work will no longer remain work but become play or in other words a pleasure”
I found out about Jaago first from my brother. He was a volunteer there and one of his activities was to try to rope in contributors/sponsors. He knew that I was already sponsoring a child with a street children’s shelter named “Maer Achole” so he figured that I would be more open to the opportunity to sponsor a child’s education with Jaago. And he was right, its hard to refuse a child an education and a meal a day when it can be provided for as little as Tk. 1000 or USD 15. If you stop and think about it for a minute, this is the kind of money that we spend without thinking on dining out in one occassion easily. And for the price of one meal in a restaurant you can sponsor the education of a child for one month, an opportunity, an option that is otherwise unavailable to them.
The kids I sponsor send me Mother’s Day card and Father’s Day card, which I proudly upload and share with my friends on FB. One of them was even inspired to join in and become a sponsor herself. Its the small gestures like this that make Jaago special for me. You know the name of the child that you are sponsoring, they send you regular updates on how your sponsored child is doing in education, their vaccination updates and even cards on special occassions are included. They include you in the life of your sponsored child to the extent that you want to be involved in.
I was driving across the street from Jaago office yesterday with my brother in the car, when he suddenly stated that Korvi (the founder) has started to live in Jaago full time. I was a bit taken aback. Its weird in a very good way that someone as young as Korvi (who I believe is still in his 20’s) has started a charitable foundation like Jaago, but to watch his passion for it is something else entirely. A lawyer by training, the son of an educator and a government service holder, he did not choose to bury himself in the safety of a regular job like most of us do. He chose to follow his passion for charitable work and take it to the next level. The team that he has in place are probably the closest thing that these kids have to a “family”. They educate the kids, look after their health, give them vocational training, help place them with paying jobs, but most of all, they stop and listen respectfully to what the kids themselves have to say. Didn’t someone say that the family that plays together, stays together? And this family is here to stay 🙂
Kudos to Korvi and his entire team at Jaago for the great work that they are doing.