Deena Zaidi
Location: Seattle, Washington
Position: Writer Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500 or more

How did you get interested in global issues? 

I first became curious about global issues during my graduation studies, which focused mainly on economics and finance. Over a period of time, I learned that millions of people lived without basic necessities like clean water, proper sanitation, electricity and education. To change their situation, I am glad to intern with The Borgen Project and gather support for bills in the US that fight to end global poverty. Such bills when passed in Congress not only encourage projects that uplift struggling communities at grass root level but also provide hope to many young kids who are devoid of basic education facilities.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time to serve the world’s poor because I understand the grave issues faced by people living in poverty. To live with no water for basic sanitation amidst no electricity in a digital age should be a cause of concern for everybody. I want to make a difference in any small way and support projects that work towards making poverty a major focus of the U.S. foreign policy.

Any interesting tidbits to share? 

  • Have a double major in Finance and currently work as a finance/tech journalist.
  • Strong interest in visual arts and photography.
  • At one point, I had 11 dogs of the same breed – all were Labradors!

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