Who is CEED?

-We are a non-profit organization located in Iowa City, Iowa.
-CEED stands for Children. Education. Empowerment. Development.
-Our mission is to find other NGOs, communities, schools, groups, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, people, etc. that are helping other people, and help them.

So, basically, if you’re helping someone else, we want to help you. We are going to try and build personal contacts throughout the rest of the world in the more impoverished and struggling areas and work with them on projects and do projects for them that will help their cause, further their mission. That is our mission, and this is our blog.

The Founders – A Questionnaire

This questionnaire was written and emailed separately to each, and they answered without seeing each others answers.  Hope this gives you a little insight into who started CEED.

Jani’s Answers:

What’s your full name?
Darjan Vujica

Where were you born and when?
Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Favorite or earliest childhood memory?
Playing soccer in the streets of Serbia..about six.

Favorite ice cream?
Chocolate chip cookie dough- Haag-dazs.

Favorite lazy activity for the weekends?
Sleeping.

Favorite place in the world (that you’ve visited)?
Bosnia and Croatia (Editor Note: Jani doesn’t grasp the “visited” part of the question. :D)

In two sentences, why you want to help people?
I feel as if it is a
moral responsibility as a human being to help fellow humans who
live in impoverished communities with little or no prosperity.

In three sentences, from your perspective, how did CEED get
started?
CEED got its start from a combination of ideas from Jared
and Jani who instilled the founding principles and goals of CEED
from the very start. The third co-founder, Misch, joined very quickly
after the idea prospered. The three founders then established CEED’s
ideology marking the true beginning of CEED.

What country do you want to visit most, but haven’t?
France and
Dubai.

Any secret skills?
Eat a ton of sweets and not develop diabetes. (Editors Note: Currently next to his bed he has two 6 packs of Reese’s, a box of brownies, a box of cakes, two 12 packs of soda, a king size bag of M&M’s, 4 snickers, 2 vitamin water, a jar of nutella, and he’ll probably buy more.)
What are you able to do that is kind of gross or weird? ?

Favorite book and why?
People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Paul Farmer.  (Edt. Note: He forgot about the why part.)

What is/was your major in college?
International Studies: European Studies, Minors: Religion & Astronomy

Proudest moment of your life?
Returning from Haiti.

Favorite thing of the moment?
IPod.

Any other thoughts?
I’m awesome.

Jared’s Answers:

What’s your full name?
Jared Ethan Krauss

Where were you born and when?
La Junta, Colorado – October 1st, 1990
Favorite or earliest childhood memory?
Playing with my dogs behind our old house in the country.  We would go running around the creek and the forest.  I would spend hours out there.  It was my own adventure, a new one every day.

Favorite ice cream?
Gelato, the Stracciatella or Mediterranean Sea Salt flavor.

Favorite lazy activity for the weekends?
Sitting at Java House doing nothing.

Favorite place in the world (that you’ve visited)?

Tie between, London, England – Alto Caballeros, Panama (a little village in the mountains) – Les Cayes, Haiti (The experience is what made it so special, and the food.)

In two sentences, why you want to help people?
I don’t believe in altruism.  I help people because I like helping people, it makes me feel good.  Yes, that may be selfish, but I’d rather be selfish about this than about something else.  Plus, I see it as my personal responsibility.  I don’t believe that it is for everyone, or that everyone should do what I want to do, but for me, it is right.

In three sentences, from your perspective, how did CEED get started?

My trip to Panama and the resulting desires (volunteer work) + Leading the trip to Haiti my Freshman year in college + Jani’s resulting feelings and desires from experiences of the Haiti trip + Jani and I talking about doing something else + Misch’s good thoughts. 😀 (Edt. Note: Good thoughts is an inside joke.)

What country do you want to visit most, but haven’t?

Anywhere in the Middle East, Italy, all of Europe really, South America, Central America.  The whole world…


Any secret skills?
Hmm, I can stand on the ends of my toes, like a ballerina does when she is en pointe, without shoes on.  I can whistle?

What are you able to do that is kind of gross or weird?
Make my left ankle crack with every rotation because it was broken my senior year of highschool

Favorite book and why?
Uggh…too many, a few – Count of Monte Cristo, Fahrenheit 451, The Alchemist, Youth (Joseph Conrad), Lord of the Rings, Dune, A Brave New World – They all share a few things in common, adventure, moral righteousness, a deep philosophical meaning, standing up for what you believe in, following your dreams and desires, taking the good things in life and enjoying them…if you read them all, you’ll get it.

What is/was your major in college?
International Studies: Middle Eastern and Muslim World Studies – Minor: Arabic – Planning for another minor and probably a certificate – Minor in either history, business, english or…..maybe…linguistics and a certificate in Non-Profit

Proudest moment of your life?

Tied between waking up every morning for a week on the top of a mountain in Panama, landing in Haiti and seeing all of the volunteers there, or travelling around England for my own personal Spring Break my senior year.

Favorite thing of the moment?
Moroccan Mint Tea, it is so darn good… I get it almost every time I come to Java House. (Edt. Note: Yes, we was writing this at Java House.) Also, rock climbing…muchas gracias Mischael.

Any other thoughts?
Don’t be afraid.  Try new things.  Laugh a lot.  Enjoy life.  Take the words “I can’t” out of your vocabulary.  Anything is possible.

Misch’s Answers:

What’s your full name?
Mischael Jacques Hardre
Where were you born and when?
Eugene, OR. August 17th 1985
Favorite or earliest childhood memory?
playing on a swing while my mom drank coffee on the back porch

Favorite ice cream?
depends completely on the day

Favorite lazy activity for the weekends?
watching movies or playing mario
Favorite place in the world (that you’ve visited)?
the Mediterranean Sea

In two sentences, why you want to help people?
There are people in the world who are far worse off than I am, and I can develop the means to help them.  The Bible calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus; here’s a good way to do that.
In three sentences, from your perspective, how did CEED get started?
Three men with three different dreams came together to achieve a common goal.  They all wish to do great things and all had a similar framework, and CEED was born.
 

What country do you want to visit most, but haven’t?
Indonesia, or the Democratic Republic of Congo

Any secret skills?
I am a ninja, but Shhhh.  Also, I can make Jared persuade Jani to do anything with just my mind. (Edt. Note: What he means is that Jared is very good at peer pressuring Jani.)

What are you able to do that is kind of gross or weird?
I have little to no gag reflex, so I can swallow just about anything. (Edt. Note: Yes.  He just said that. No, we’re not sure why.)

Favorite book and why?
Not sure yet. Lots of good books out there, have only read a few. (Edt. Note: He in fact has read many leather-bound books, and once told me of an old wooden ship from the Civil War era known as diversity.)

What is/was your major in college?
Environmental Science, Biology Emphasis 

Proudest moment of your life?

Nothin’ yet. (Edt. Note: When prodded he conceded that hiking the Grand Canyon might be.  This kid’s been to Pakistan, and he doesn’t think that might come up?)

Favorite thing of the moment?
Rock-Climbing

Any other thoughts?
Yeah.  if a polar bear got into a fight with Jared’s hair, who would win?
(Edt. Note: A polar bear would most definitely win.)

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