Jezuba has been selected by GlobalGiving to participate in their Accelerator campaign! Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the campaign that runs from Sept. 14 - 30. Succeeding in the GlobalGiving Accelerator would be a huge deal for us! It would mean being able to permanently fundraise on GlobalGiving to fulfill our mission to provide solar LED lamps to school children in off-grid community in rural Myanmar!
Without you, none of it is possible. Donate to our Accelerator project today. https://bit.ly/2FvglvC
As I applied for the position at Jezuba early summer, I thought to myself, ten hours a week - easily doable! Then, of course, life happened. I started a new job, joined a “recommended” summer physics club, and drove my not-of-driving-age sister to her driving-intensive ballet schedule. Suddenly, the ten hours dedicated to Jezuba did not seem to be enough.
They say that no matter what, you’ll never forget your first love. And when it comes to my involvement with nonprofit organizations, Jezuba would be my first love.
What I learned from working at Jezuba
When I started working at Jezuba in June, I was excited, but extremely uncertain. I didn’t know what my role would mean, what kind of people I would be working with, or what my end goal would be. All I knew was that I liked Jezuba’s goal and wanted to give back. During my first day, I logged into our newly approved Global Giving Campaign page to upload some content only to mistakenly find out that there were only nine days left in the June campaign. I panicked thinking I had barely more than a week to design, build, and execute a fundraising strategy. That day, I finished creating our Global Giving project and emailed Rebecca, both for final approval and to ask here if this was physically possible to do. That was when I found out that our campaign was to take place during the September Accelerator program, going from September 14 - 30th, not the June program. This meant that I had a lot more time to plan. Setting up the page was already done. What was I to do now?
COVID-19 pandemic caused economic shutdowns across the US, over 40 million Americans have filed jobless claims. Although shutdowns are necessary to fight the spread of the virus, they are having widespread consequences for people living paycheck to paycheck. The art community is not exempt from these hardships. Artists, many of whom are freelancers or hourly workers without full-time employment with benefits, have been impacted by the closure of shows, galleries, and museums, as minimal to no financial support or compensation are provided. One of our artists spoke to us about how the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdown have affected her work.
We are listening. We are learning. We are finding ways to be actively anti-racist. And we are also unlearning.
It’s crazy to think about the fact that most of us have been quarantined at home for nearly two months. As a first-year student at NYU, I vividly recall receiving the initial email from our school administration back in early March. This email simply advised the student body that spring break would start two days early as a COVID-19 precaution. What began as two days would end up being the rest of the semester.
For many people, life before we were shackled to our homes had been quite repetitive, and at times, even hectic. With AP tests looming over the horizon, my time before quarantine was filled with nonstop activity. Homework assignment after homework assignment was piled onto my plate, deadlines were beginning to stack on top of each other, and every single day was blending into one giant melting pot of work. For working adults, this routine was probably a fact of life.
Back in March, my university made a sudden announcement that all lectures will be cancelled and converted to online lectures. Like for many other students around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic cut short my final year as a law student in the UK. I was able to attend some of my classes at the start of the year, but due to the sudden change to an online teaching format, I now find it challenging to learn the material from my second semester modules.