Name: Holly Barsham
Location: Seattle, Washington
Position: Writing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
The first moment I realized I wanted to study politics was after attending a lecture on human trafficking, which included cases that had been uncovered in my community. From that lecture, I was shocked by the realization that people are still sold as commodities and decided I would pursue a career in politics to protect people who were not able to access the same social and economic protections that I’ve had.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering because I have been very fortunate throughout my life with the opportunities that I’ve had access to, and I want to help others access the same things. I am incredibly lucky to be born to the people and place that I was. Living in a Western country gives a person huge political power compared to millions of others worldwide, since the decisions of countries like the United States have far reaching impacts. It is important that this power is utilized properly, and it is in our power to direct it.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am a British student studying in the US on an exchange from the University of Edinburgh. I am an avid baker, and I enjoy experimenting with food. I also love running: I ran the Brighton Marathon in 2016 in aid of HelpRefugees, and I am currently training for a half-marathon to aid The Borgen Project!

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

  1. $30: Cook dinner
  2. $50: Make brownies for an occasion
  3. Dog walking (give what you can, I love dogs)

 

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