Name: Amber Amir
Location: London, UK
Role: Political Affairs Team member
Fundraising Goal: $$500
How did you get interested in global issues?
My interest in global issues began when I heard about Brexit. I have always been interested and had an opinion in political affairs as it was often a discussion I had with friends/family but Brexit really kickstarted my interest, in terms of actually researching politics and trying to understand from an objective point of view what was happening. After that, I read the news every day and I still do. At the time of covid, this interest grew even more because I noticed the inequality across countries in handling the pandemic. I noticed how certain nations were able to combat covid more quickly, and how this was greatly correlated to levels of wealth. I have always been keen to learn why certain countries have more privelege and wealth than others – what makes each country different? and how do these distinctions affect levels of wealth and wealth inequality? Consequently, I developed an interest in development economics and I now study Economics and Politics at university in the hopes of understanding this further.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I chose to volunteer to help the world’s poor because I wanted to work towards a certain purpose. Coming from a poorly developed country, Pakistan, I often heard about and saw first-hand the effects of poverty and how many issues are caused by it. By solving this one issue, a casacade of positive effects can occur and I would love to be a part of those! That is exactly why I wanted to work for the Borgen Project.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love to bake and cook, especially after covid because I was bored during lockdown and took up an interest in the kitchen. I am also a massive marvel and Harry Potter fan and I have probably watched the movies a hundred times or more, over the course of my life. I love rewatching all of the Harry Potter movies, especially during the colder seasons (which in the UK is basically always). A random fact about me is that when I was in secondary school, I wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, about the issue of child labour. This was because we studied a book in school called ‘Iqbal’ and it opened my eyes to the issue of child slavery, and how it still unfortunately existed today. I have never really forgotten that story as it was truly heartbreaking to read about. When I was younger, I did not read many fiction books so this was one that really spoke to me. Since then, however, I have continued to read and have developed a passion for reading, especially thrillers!
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I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.
• cook a family dinner for £50
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