DENVER — Samariddin Meliboev, Jamal Gironazi and Kai Suematsu want to make certain no just one ever goes hungry.

That’s a very lofty target for 3 younger adult males who have been close friends and doing the job together considering that their several years at George Washington High School, the place they satisfied as a result of the Denver Scholarship Basis.

Their goals grew to become grander when they enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. While doing the job on levels in information and facts administration, pc science and business, the trio began the Kobu Foundation because of the have to have they saw throughout the pandemic.

“I’ve gotten a ton of help from the neighborhood when I first arrived to the U.S., so this is more of a providing back to my community” says Samariddin.

Samariddin, Kai and Jamal give again every and each Friday. They and a team of volunteers get alongside one another to fill meals containers and baggage and deliver to households in need in Boulder County. By their senior 12 months, they experienced previously shipped additional than 100,000 meals. Considering the fact that then, Kobu has grown and expanded, even partnering with DoorDash.

Their superior operate has not absent unnoticed. While on a pay a visit to to the Denver Scholarship Basis places of work, they were being shocked with the S.J. Dilenschneider Neighborhood Award.

“S.J. Dilenschneider is my grandfather, and we give this award as soon as a calendar year to these people today out there who are earning a difference in the community”, mentioned David Dilenschneider who also handed over a test to the Kobu Foundation for $10,000 bucks on behalf of the Scripps Howard Basis, Denver7’s parent enterprise.

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Three close friends who achieved via the Denver Scholarship Foundation and started the Kobu Basis when at CU Boulder to supply foods to families in will need obtained the S.J. Dilenschneider Group Award and a $10K test to proceed their function.

The award and check out experienced all 3 gentlemen grinning and a single could see the wheels turning as they imagined about how to put the funds to use.

“There’s a large amount in my intellect of what we can do with this. This is insane” said Kai, who was presently thinking about spending budget products like gasoline.

“No just one informed me,” explained Jamal. “I just expected to arrive in and say, ‘What’s up, what am I executing,’ and then go back to Boulder and go back to coding. I’m so really, very, incredibly content.”

So was the Dilenschneider spouse and children.

“We dwell in such a me era,” claimed David Dilenschneider, “where there is so much aim on the individual and what ‘I’ want. And what they’ve been ready to do is focus on the community as a entire and that is so great to not only see that, but to listen to it, suitable? There is a phrase — steps converse louder than words and phrases — and these fellas are placing it into motion. That’s what’s so amazing.”

Lorii Rabinowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Scholarship Basis and has recognised these 3 considering that their early yrs of superior faculty.

“Kai, Samariddin and Jamal are 3 of the most humble human beings. They observed a need to have in our group and they acted on that require. They are amazing illustrations of numerous Denver Scholarship Foundation scholars and alumni carrying out this kind of excellent in the earth.”

Samariddin and Kai have now graduated from CU Boulder. Samariddin now doing the job in info analytics at Kaiser Permanente, and Kai carrying out consulting operate at Accenture. Jamal is near to graduating with two degrees, in personal computer science and mathematics.

They’ve started out setting up for the future of the Kobu Foundation.

“It’s heading to the following generation” states Jamal. “So, I believe it is in excellent arms. Certainly, really great hands, really excellent arms.”