Updated: Jul 11, 2020
"Since I was a child, I have loved to draw and knew that my passion lies in art.
I am Jo, and I was born and raised in the Philippines. I came to Berlin in 2019 to pursue my master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation. When COVID-19 hit, I was overwhelmed with the bad news from my home country. So many people were struggling, I knew I had to do something despite being far away. It was then that I came with the idea of combining my subject of study and my passion.
The 'SendtoGive' initiative was started in June this year. The platform I created together with my partners at slicksites.io allows people to send postcards to their loved ones around the globe. Every postcard feature prints of my paintings that were inspired by the pandemic. I send all the revenue generated from this initiative to the Philippines to support various charity groups. To date, we have sent postcards to 13 countries and provided close to 200 meals. Seeing the happy faces of the people we’ve helped is my inspiration and motivation to keep going.
The coronavirus has turned our world upside down, and it is a challenging phase for everyone. On the flip side, this phase has also given us an opportunity to see the world from a completely different perspective. That is why I chose to paint an eye for my coronavirus series. Currently, there are approximately 8 postcard designs on my website inspired by this thought. I continue to work on new designs so we can grow the impact of this initiative.
'SendtoGive' is a non-profit but I feel I have gained from it in so many ways.
This initiative has not only given me the opportunity to help people in my home country but also it has helped many people across the world to send love and wishes to their loved ones through my postcards. I feel this project has also helped me stay motivated and mentally stable during the pandemic. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by any negative news I pick up, I bring my focus to this project and take control of the small amount of goodness I can bring into the world.
COVID-19 is a difficult challenge for mankind but if we can react in the right way, I believe it would be a starting point for something better. For us to understand each other better, treat each other with equality, and bring our focus to what is truly valuable.
We all have a passion for something, and I believe our purpose is connected to our passion. If we all can pursue our passion for something greater than ourselves, a better world may be well within our reach."
You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to Jo Bautista for going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.
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