Name: Cristal Badu
Location: Alexandria, VA
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I believe that global issues are our issues. Many countries are going through the same problems America faces, but on a much bigger scale due to the lack of resources to mitigate these problems. For example, in many third-world countries, many go without clean running water. Water, something that is considered to be a birth-given right or necessity here in America, is a luxury good in other countries. This, along with other injustices that other countries face, as well as the resources that they do not have, caused me to realize how opulent my life is here in America compared to the people of disadvantaged areas. As a community with easy access to an array of resources, we must do more to ensure that those who do not have can take a step in our shoes and experience such wonderful opportunities.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I believe that we have a moral duty to help and care for each other no matter where we are from. By working with The Borgen Project, I hope to give a voice to the underprivileged through advocacy and create change by promoting equality in a world where problems are not created due to the lack of funds, but rather the distribution of funds across the globe.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I currently study International Relations and Hispanic Studies at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Whenever I have some free time, I am either cooking something new or doing some arts & crafts related activities.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $25: Wash your car.
  2. $50: Make you dinner.
  3. $100: Go grocery shopping for you.


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