Name: Jack Bracher
Location: Newton, MA
Position: Political Affairs Intern
Fundraising Goal: $1,500
How did you get interested in global issues? While in high school, I had the opportunity to travel to Mabibo, Tanzania and live with a family in a small, impoverished, urban area directly outside Dar es Salaam. My life in Tanzania was a complete 180 from my life in an affluent New England suburb. The schools I saw were overcrowded and underfunded. Many students in the classes had to sit two to a chair and were instructed by teachers who did not seem to be well-qualified. Public transportation, healthcare, and infrastructure are improving in Tanzania, as it is one of the fastest growing economies in the World, but still subpar when compared to developed nations. Having been plagued with political corruption, the government of Tanzania has faced setbacks in development. Nevertheless, the people remain hopeful. The community of Mabibo welcomed me as their son, opening up their homes, engaging me in conversation despite my less than elementary understanding of Kiswahili, and taking excitement in the simple activities of photography and soccer. Despite all that which highlights our differences: ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, education, and country of origin, our success as a World is dependent on one another. When countries receive funding for education, healthcare, agriculture, etc., they not only become consumers for international goods and a stable, working government, but are given the dignity every human hopes for.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? With a career interest in public policy and government, I have looked for opportunities to expand my knowledge on issues and become involved through organizations or branches of government. While I am partaking in serving my community through working for a state representative and non-profit, The Borgen Project works on a more macro level to address contemporary issues facing not just individual countries or communities, but humanity as a whole.
Any interesting tidbits to share? I love to travel. I have been to Tanzania, Dubai, Jamaica, Spain, and Canada. I plan on going to South Africa to study apartheid and England for a religious pilgrimage over the next couple of years while I am a student at Boston College. I played Rugby in high school, and I am currently teaching myself German.
My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
- Grill burgers for dinner or lunch
- Clean out a garage
- Paint a fence
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