Josh Pavano, is the CEO and Founder of Jonas Umbrellas.
He has chosen to open up his eyes and open up his heart to the children in Uganda. He is the CEO & Founder of .
His story is inspiring, encouraging, and downright amazing!
Read through the story of Josh Pavano as he reveals his perspectives, purpose and future plans. After all, our lives are meant to be compelled. They are meant to be compelled with compassion for the nations.
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What is your deepest gladness – what compels you?
Uganda has a special place in my heart because it really was the first developing nation I spent time in. It is where I found compassion and a sense of calmness. I saw people who had only essential elements of life (and sometimes not even that) and they were so happy and helpful.
I found myself in Uganda. It gave me a passion for giving back. So I owe them my life really.
Where did the name, “Jonas” come from? Is there significance?
Yeah, there is.
I was searching for a name and I really didn’t want to use my own name because I felt that was really tacky and conceited. However, I came across a guy named Jonas Hanway. He was an inventive type who was supposedly the first guy to carry an umbrella in London (folklore).
All the stagecoaches would throw rocks at him because they thought he was going to ruin business for them. He was also a philanthropist who helped start a maritime hospital.
So it seemed fitting to name the company after someone willing to go against the norm of his time. Also, because he gave back.
Did you always feel like your calling was international?
This is a really tough question, honestly, I feel like in the give back community this is a huge “grass is always greener” conversation.
Everyone who starts giving back internationally always feels like they need to do more in their local community. Everyone who gives back locally feels like their impact isn’t wide enough and that international aid seems so much more fun.
For me it just kind of happened naturally.
I love to travel so international aid has always been my main focus.
However, last year, I made an effort to do more micro-projects in my local community. I would love to do more speaking engagements to youth here in the US – that would be so fun.
“90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. You have the power to stop these deaths.”
Do we have a responsibly to impact others and change statistics?
No, statistics are just a way for people to gain perspective. There are plenty of ways to gain perspective.
You can experience something, hear a story, or read a statistic. There are numerous ways to gain perspective. But, the bottom line is, everyone has the responsibility to do what they feel is right.
I feel like everyone’s journey is their own and you have to respect their journey.
Why do you think millennials want to impact this world in amazing ways?
I think society has pushed us to fight the norm and made it okay to do so. It is trendy to think outside the box so it becomes more accepted.
We have access to cheap travel like no other generation and information is instantaneous. We have the luxury of seeing how the generation before us lived life and I think many of us don’t want that.
Do you feel like the church has pursued social justice?
This is a tough question for me. I have never been a big fan of the structure of religion because I think that a lot of times, religion can be used to alter people’s views and intentions for the wrong reasons.
I feel that everyone’s spiritual journey is their own and their belief should be one that they are comfortable with. So, do I feel the church makes an effort to meet the needs of others or social justice, no not really – not unless it is benefiting their church whether it is financially or in terms of publicity.
That is probably not a popular response. I just have seen too many organizations go to a place and say “here is clean water, an element you need to live your life, Jesus/Mohammed/Ala, gave this to you”. Of course, those people will start to believe in your religion that is basically blackmail.
Access to water affects gender equality. Have you seen this personally?
This was a part of my journey I never expected. I had no idea of the impact on gender equality and clean water. It has been my favorite part of starting this company.
In our first school, over 200 new kids enrolled when we added the well. They doubled in the number of children who were living at the school. The majority of those were girls. That is a miracle.
Would you consider yourself a Christian?
I grew up Christian and I still consider myself a Christian. My relationship with God has been a rocky one to say the, least, but in 2015 I worked on it more. I reopened my conversations with him.
I read a lot of books on Buddhism and became interested in finding a balance of Buddhist lifestyle and Christian faith. So, I think a spiritual journey is personal and something I do not usually speak openly about.
What is your greatest prayer/hope for our generation?
I just want our generation to love one another. There is far too much fighting and squabbling over things that in the end aren’t going to matter. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Christian, and Muslim. We are all people just trying to be happy. So we should all be in this together. Power and greed has torn us apart, but love and compassion can bring us together. Click To Tweet
How do you want to be remembered?
Wow this question is intense.
I have never really thought about this.
I want to be remembered as someone who people were happy when they came around. You know? That person who comes into the room and you are just pumped up they are there, because you know everything is better when they are there. I want to be remembered as a loyal friend.
I want to be remembered as someone who cared about others.
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