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Jesse Mojica, Volunteer Graphic Designer

March 17, 2011

Re:ACT StoryJesse Mojica’s career path recently took an unexpected turn. In the spring and summer of 2010, she interned with a non-profit based in Portland, Ore. called These Numbers Have Faces, which is helping empower youth in Africa to reduce poverty.  There, Jesse realized that her skills as a graphic designer were a fantastic opportunity to react to the need she saw in the world.

“For a long time,” Jesse says, “I thought that I would only be able to work in a purely corporate environment with the [graphic design] skills I had acquired over the course of several years of undergrad study. But [at TNHF], I realized I could use my skills to help others in very fulfilling ways.”

Jesse’s boss and founder of TNHF connected her with SOLD’s Rachel Goble-Carey shortly after Jesse decided to travel to Thailand. She began working as a volunteer creative designer for SOLD in November 2010.  Around that time, she launched a Kickstart campaign called Roads Less Traveled to raise funds for her visits to seven non-profits in five countries in ten weeks.  Her goal: “to spread awareness about the organizations and bring attention to the hope, love, sustainability being fostered by people doing great work in the world.”

Part of Jesse’s trip included a visit to SOLD’s Resource Center in northern Thailand.  There, Jesse got to see the ins-and-outs of our prevention program.  She learned a lot about materialism, contentment, and especially living and experiencing another culture. Says Jesse:

Jesse // Rachel Carey Photography

“Regardless of cultural differences, at the end of the day, we will always need and want the same things. Someone to love us, dreams to follow, and a place to call home. I have never felt such pure love as I did [at the Resource Center]. I have never felt so humbled. These children and local people who work with SOLD–who barely have anything–opened their lives, arms, and hearts to me. They have touched me in a way I have rarely experienced, sharing genuine emotion with me. They reminded me that we will always need each other, that together we can create new sustainable communities full of love and hope in the midst of pure chaos. However, we cannot do it alone — and that I think might be the most important lesson of all.

Michael Colletto, SOLD’s Communications Director, has enjoyed working with Jesse on several design projects for SOLD. “She has consistently demonstrated an enthusiastic spirit, a strong work ethic, considerable skill in her craft, and an eagerness to use her gifts to serve others,” Michael says.

Below are some of the beautiful photos Jesse took of our work in Chiang Rai.

Images are property of Jesse Mojica Photography.  Do not use without permission.

Jesse felt like her skills could be used for something bigger than herself.  She took those creative skills, plus a passion for helping others, and turned it into a fantastic opportunity to support organizations that are making a difference in the lives of those in need.

How will you react?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2011 10:04 am

    Gracias para todo. This was more than I could have ever expected. It really was such a pleasure and blessing to spend my time there. I hope to drive up that driveway again sooner than later. Tell all those beautiful kids I say hello and I miss them already. Keep an eye out for more cool photos to come!


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