Name: Ayusha Gautam
Location: Stamford, Connecticut
Role: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues? The world’s problems are everyone’s problems. It is our responsibility, as citizens who elect leaders to represent them, to use the power we have to influence change about an issue important to us. I was born in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in Asia, and I have witnessed the cruel treatment and effects of poverty. Now that I live in a nation that allows me to have the power to cause great change, I am obligated to do so.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? Poverty is an issue very close to my heart. I can sympathize with those in need, and I feel that I have a moral duty to advocate and help.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

  1. Spent over 300 hours volunteering at the local Food Bank and Person-to-Person, and organization that provides the unstable with basic needs to then reach stability.
  2. President of the Interact club, a stem of Rotary International
  3. Won a National Community service Merit award from United Nations Association
  4. Enjoys reading
  5. Loves the environment

My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.

  1. For $35, I will cook an authentic Nepalese dinner.
  2. For $20, I will give you a quarter of the profits from my lemonade stand.

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