What We Do
Khusi Hona’s mission is to empower vulnerable people with solutions that allow them to rise above their poverty. We create and implement innovative poverty eradication programs in South Asia that contribute to the preservation of human dignity. We prioritize the improvement of and access to education. We are guided by a principle of social entrepreneurship and believe that breaking the cycle of poverty starts with tangible, life-changing opportunities.
Why We Do It
There are millions of men and women around the world whose birthplace, family or social status will forever determine their education and career prospects and, ultimately, their future. We believe in equality for all people and we know that many of the causes of poverty and inequality are preventable. We work to provide poverty-eradication services and programs in places where access to such opportunities is limited.
Sometimes people ask us why we do what we do. The answer is simple: We love it. We genuinely enjoy helping people improve their lives and find happiness. We feel that regardless of where a person is born, he or she has the right to go to school, get medical care, and make a living. We know there is no silver bullet to ending poverty, but we’re sure going to try.
We at Khusi Hona just cannot wrap our heads around these facts:
- Being born into abject poverty is still a thing in a world where the average American family uses 300 shopping bags’ worth of raw materials every week — an amount of food that weighs as much as a large car.
- 1 in every 9 people on our planet goes to bed hungry when the U.S. collectively throws out 200,000 tons of edible food daily.
- Poor nutrition causes 45% of child deaths around the world.
- People born into certain families or castes will likely never be afforded the opportunities they need to succeed.
- Abandoned children and street kids around the world have to fend for themselves every second of every day.
- Women in many parts of the world are essentially second-class citizens.
- 12% of the world’s adults (775 MILLION people!) are illiterate.
Mother Teresa of Kolkata once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.”
Why do we do it? Because we can all do something, and so we do.
How We Do It
Khusi Hona is not a charity. We are a team of innovative problem solvers with a heart for people in need. We like to think of it like this: We are not ferry operators shuttling people across the river—we are building bridges so that people can cross rivers themselves.
Khusi Hona is committed to giving everyone we work with the opportunity to overcome poverty. Every single person. We are not motivated by statistics, and we don’t measure our impact purely in percentages. We are as fully invested in improving the life of one individual as we are in doing so for thousands.
We believe that focusing on small-scale, demand-driven initiatives is the surest way to see impact. Our lean organizational structure and unique position on the ground allow for informed, resource-efficient programming with maximum results. We work closely with our beneficiaries, listening with open ears to the ways they envision change. Together, we devise the best strategy to meet the individual’s or community’s needs. Whether it be a scholarship program, literacy project, solar energy installation, or small business financing, we ensure each project’s output contributes to humane, sustainable, and, of course, happy development.
Muhammad Yunus, a pioneering social entrepreneur from Bangladesh, once said: “Every human being is born into this world fully equipped to not only take care of himself or herself, but also to contribute to the wellbeing of the world as a whole. Some get the chance to explore their potential, but many others never get the chance to unwrap the wonderful gifts they were born with. They die with those gifts unexplored, and the world remains deprived of their contribution.”
At Khusi Hona, we simply give people opportunities to contribute, to use their gifts, and to feel happy.