For most, passions are ignited by a significant experience that has a serious impact on an a person's perspective. A metaphorical light switch is turned on, which allows us to view the same situations in a different light.
When Kao Jai Coffee was founded, we wanted to integrate our light switch moment so that we could share what we are extremely passionate about: service. Light switch moments can occur anywhere at any time, but for me it happened on a construction site in Flemington, West Virginia.
Five years ago I was invited to join a group of adults on a trip to repair homes in the rural hollers of WV. With little interest in service and even less experience working construction, I agreed to take this leap of faith and try something new. Towards the end of the week, I couldn't stop thinking about the impact that this experience had on my perspective on what it meant to be alive.
Without funding from my family, I would never have been able to participate in this service trip that established a passion within me. After this one week, I completely changed my future plans. I took a year off from college, transferred to a University 20 hours from home, and eventually moved to Thailand where I currently am writing this post. Having this financial and emotional support from my family gave me the opportunity to try something new without the fear of failure.
Each staff member at Kao Jai Coffee has experienced an equally significant life-changing moment in their lives that has ignited their passion for service. Creating the Kao Jai Fund is one way for us to be able to help people experiencing something life-changing like we have. What we are able to offer is financial and emotional support to recipients, but the want and need for this experience is up to you. We understand that this leap of faith can be terrifying at times, but with us, you will never take that leap alone.