On Sunday Jakara had our kids divan with the theme of Vaisakhi. We had great attendance from both the youth and the sangat. All shabads, poems, speeches was in relation to our theme. After divan the Jakara board did a presentation to the sangat on Jakara as well as Misl MN's future events. Two of which take place next Sunday! Gurdwara Spring Cleaning and the kickoff to our monthly workshops. We are excited to get rolling!
As I continue to meet and engage with more people I get asked quite a few questions. Why do you do it? What keeps you excited? What drives you? Excited, exuberant, and hastily I begin to answer. For those who have seen me talk about what we, the Jakara Movement, do you’ll know that as I write this I have that same smile on my face as I do when I talk to someone.
Recently, I had the opportunity to once again be at one of my favorite programs-Jakara Juniors (for the record, I have many favorites-Bhujangan: Kaur Leadership Retreat, Kaur Voices, Bhujangi Youth Academy, and so many more). It was here, once again, I was reminded what continues to drive me. It was here that a young 12-year old said “I didn’t know about Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra. I didn’t know someone could be abducted 19 years ago. I’m glad I learned this. I’m going to go home and learn more.” It is young minds like this that drive me and keep me going. It is not only that this young individual learned something, but her mind had the thirst to learn more. She thought about what she learned. This is one more individual than before who knows a little more about our history, our roots, and who we are. It is individuals like her that allow me to feel like we are making progress.
It’s about creating a space in which these children feel comfortable. We as a community need to recognize and create ways in which children, teenagers, young adults, and even adults feel comfortable. We must make an active effort to make sure our youth have positive sangat to engage with.
The journey is never-ending. Each of us can always learn more, help someone out, and create change. The journey is not an easy one. It takes time, perseverance, and even courage. The journey is a worthwhile one. We grow, empower, and build.
This is what allows me to keep going. Will you keep going?
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh,
This week marks National Volunteer Week! Since its inception, the Jakara Movement has been driven by volunteers. Today,with staff on board - we are still largely a volunteer-run organization. We could not be where we are today without the volunteers that are the very core of the movement. We value each and every one of you and want to take this opportunity to appreciate you and all of your amazing work.
We’ve seen the organization grow over the past 14 years because of people like YOU! Whether you’ve come to help at Jakara Juniors, a seva event, or spent countless hours behind the scenes in making the Lalkaar conference a success, we want you to know it doesn’t go unnoticed. You take time away from full-time jobs, your academic career, your family and friends to give back to your community. It is inspiring to see such passion, commitment, and humility in our volunteers. We want to celebrate our volunteers’ dedication to helping others, taking action in their respective communities, and encouraging others to join the movement. Your example inspires us and shows us the act of seva (selfless service) that our Gurus demonstrated is still alive today. We are honored to work with you.
Together, we can be at the center of social change; together we can turn ideas into reality; together, we are the movement.
In chardi kala,
Iqbal, Robby, and Palvinder
Jakara Movement Staff
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