Name: Malini Nayak
Location: Bellevue, WA
Position: Journalism Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
I grew up in somewhat of a bubble of indifference towards foreign affairs as many Americans are separated from the problems in the rest of the world. I have had the privilege of traveling to different countries, which has really increased my sense of awareness as well as empathy. I have never experienced extreme hunger or known what it is like to live in a war zone. But rather than isolating myself from people who have had these experiences, I want to make sure that global issues are my issues too.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
After learning that only 1 percent of the United States federal budget goes to foreign aid, I realized that the United States is nowhere close to reaching its potential in doing good for the world. I believe that it is our duty for humans to care for one another, and therefore foreign aid should be a much higher priority for the United States. I hope to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of helping the world’s poor.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love drawing and photography. I am a biking and skiing enthusiast, and I am passionate about environmental science as well as spending time with cats.
My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
- $20: I will send you homemade cookies.
- $50: I will cook the dinner of your choice.
- $100: I will draw your portrait using a picture of your choice.
- $200+: I will give you a photoshoot.
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