Name: Furaha Njoroge
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Position: Writer Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues? How did I get interested in global issues? Our world is currently facing a number of problems that are impossible to ignore… how could I not? Refugees and immigrants everywhere are in trouble; poverty is growing; educational access, medicinal access, and digital access are limited in third world countries; climate change is real and being ignored; women’s rights are being violated; police brutality related to race is killing our young black men; incarceration rates related to race are also increasing; mass shootings, gun violence, etc. It is hard to be a black woman with immigrant parents in this society and not be concerned with these global issues that hit close to home. Besides co-founding a water project at a young age, working with an organization centered around refugee and immigration rights, and now joining the efforts of The Borgen Project, I take global issues seriously and hope to continue working to provide for a better society.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? Global poverty is a current pressing issue that is not only affecting millions of people worldwide, but is essentially embedded in every part of society today. Learning about extreme poverty occurring in third world countries and seeing it in person has propelled me to seek action against it. Just donating a dollar every time they ask at the local grocery store if we want to help an organization provide for the poor in a certain country is not enough. We need to do more. That is why I found The Borgen Project to be a good effort to join in not only fighting global poverty and other issues, but advocating for Congress to join in taking political action against it.

Any interesting tidbits to share? I love to read, so if anyone has any recommendations for my summer reading, list let me know! I also enjoy writing and listening to music.

My compassion/humility list:

  1. I’ll babysit for a $50 donation!
  2. Grocery shopping/any household shopping for $100 donation!
  3. Will walk your dogs for a $50 donation!

I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

For my beloved friends and family who donate in my honor (you know who you are) I will give you… all my love and affection. Not only are you helping your girl out but you are donating to a good cause and joining in an effort neglected by many. I’m so proud of you, and remind me to give you an extra hug when I see you next.

Love,
Furaha

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