Name: Martina Rethman
Location: North Andover, MA and Pittsburgh, PA
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I have always been interested in history and in the stories about why things happen the way they do. When I had my first in-depth look into modern politics through a high school elective, I realized that a lot of the issues I read about in history books were still on-going today, along with new problems constantly popping-up in our ever-changing world. Now, not only are these issues theoretically interesting as they were when I looked at them historically, I recognize that I have the power to influence the path they take.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
The world is interconnected. No matter what issue you are most passionate about, whether it is education, climate change, or economics, people are at the root. By lifting people out of extreme poverty, we are not only helping them, we are helping ourselves by freeing more hands and more minds to tackle our biggest problems.


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