Okay, not really. But seven Jolkona volunteers, including co-founders Nadia Khawaja Mahmud and Adnan Mahmud, are traveling to Africa to spend the holidays visiting our partner organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Their mission: Experience Jolkonaâ€™s impact first-hand.
Weâ€™ve reached a critical point in our mission and giving model where seeing the actual impact the Jolkona community is making, face-to-face with those we help, is invaluable. Aside from the humanitarian aspect, the goal of this trip is to learn how we can continue to move the needle with our giving platform in the most effective way possible.
Itâ€™s one thing to facilitate change through our web platform, but itâ€™s another thing to experience the impact weâ€™re making on the ground and help tell those stories. All while gaining a better understanding how donations change a personâ€™s life, strengthening our partnerships, and what we can do to continue to make giving more impactful around the world.
Team Africa will be visiting partners at the following projects:
- Visit the annual Kick It with Kenya (KIWK) soccer tournament with Village Volunteers in Dago, Kenya
- Visit the water filtration project with Village Volunteers in Kitale, Kenya
- Spend Christmas at the orphanage with the Children of Uganda in Kampala, Uganda
- Teach technology classes to Generation Rwanda students in Kigali, Rwanda
To celebrate, Team Africa is launching two campaigns as part of Jolkonaâ€™s 12 Days of Giving. Both campaigns support projects that Team Africa will be visiting during their trip.
By supporting this project, a donation of $100 will provide ten locally-produced water filters to provide clean water for about 40 children in Kenya. Each donation of filters includes training on water safety and filter maintenance and helps ensure environmental sustainability for these communities.
This holiday season, we’re asking our friends and family to please help us to give about scholarships to 20 kids living in rural villages in Kenya the opportunity to attend a 4-day soccer tournament where they will also receive health screening, preventative health care, and public health education. You can help promote health awareness by donating $27.
When you contribute the full amount to a project, you will receive a proof of impact for your donation. You can also giveÂ different amounts, starting at $5, though you will not receive a proof for a partial gift.
Stay tuned to our blog, on Facebook and Twitter as we share Team Africaâ€™s photos, videos, and stories published from Africa and after. Also be sure to follow Nadia (@nadiamahmud) and Adnan (@adnanmahmud) on Twitter as theyâ€™re posting some great live updates.
Please Note: We are pleased to announce 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.