Name: Kristen Bastin
Location: Zachary, Louisiana
Position: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $600

How did you get interested in global issues?
From the time I was little, my mother has been very adamant about helping the less fortunate around our community. I have grown up in a household that is very service-oriented, and I have carried these policies over into my adult life as I work towards my goal of becoming a medical grant writer for a children’s hospital. Throughout my life, I have become more aware of global and foreign policy by listening to my family and teachers discuss issues with global agreements and policies, which made me interested in learning more about the United States policies on helping third world countries. I have always wanted to advocate for the voiceless. Using different platforms, I have been able to achieve this goal and educate myself on the issues that not only impact me, but the rest of the world.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I feel that helping the world’s poor will in turn benefit our country’s current political and social standings. Aiding the struggling nations in our reach is a moral obligation; if we, as a nation, have the power to aid in disease prevention and provide clean resources, then our country should be working with other programs to ease the struggles of poorer nations. Many of the issues that face developing and poor nations are preventable, and I want to use my time and efforts to advocate for these voices that would not normally be heard inside the United States.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’m a dual-concentration Technical Writing and Creative Writing major, I love art and I love to change up my hair!

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

  1. For donations over $50, I will bake any of these desserts: cookies (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin), lemon pound cake, or pralines
  2. For donations over $100, I will paint a small 8×10 canvas of your choice of flower.
  3. For donations over $200, you will be entitled to receive a “Cajun surprise.”


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