Name: Dalia Baban
Location: Norton, Massachusetts
Position: PR/Marketing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Growing up in the Middle East, with Iraqi parents, I have always had a passion for global issues. I was fortunate to have been raised by a family who provided me with a keen awareness about the problems facing millions across the world. After moving to the United States for university, I noticed through discussions with my peers that there needs to be increased awareness about these issues, which The Borgen Project is constantly advocating for. As a result, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on these issues with the organization and hopefully be able to further decrease issues associated with global poverty.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Every trip I make to Iraq is heartbreaking. Often, as my family and I drive down the streets, I will notice many individuals trying to survive by selling napkins and flowers. These are people who live in poverty and are simply trying to survive–people who do not have a roof over their heads or are unable to provide food for their families. In those moments, I feel helpless because all I am able to provide is some money. I want to be able to make a larger impact in similar communities across the world. I want to volunteer my time to people who are unable to help themselves.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
Less than one percent of the U.S. budget is spent on foreign aid, which ranks them as the lowest on a list of the world’s developed nations. This small percentage is able to positively affect the lives of an estimated 8 million people across the world with live-saving treatments.

Factors that affect the overall economy include access to education, infrastructure and finance. Changes such as these can all be done through donations given to the organization that will further be implemented to assist global poverty.


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