Name: Melina Benjamin
Location: North Bend, Washington
Position: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Since High School, I knew I wanted to study International Relations and Journalism because I wanted to pair the need for justice in places around the world with the narratives from those places and with dialogue between people, countries, and political entities. Coming from a multiracial background, I was always inspired to learn more about my culture and do everything in my power to educate myself and others about global issues, human rights development around the world, and specific concerns to the country of Cambodia, where my family roots come from.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
The Borgen Project caught my eye as an organization because it strives to make global poverty a nonpartisan issue and influences lawmakers and Congress to understand that. I want to assist in fundraising for The Borgen Project, and for global communities in need, because I understand the world as being so interconnected. Even with the little pushes for change on a government level, personal fundraising for ethical and just organizations, and spreading awareness of communities that are under-supported, can lead to a good that will affect other countries and the culture around how we approach global poverty and inequity.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

  1. I love writing, reading, hiking (especially in the PNW), and travelling to new places in and out of the country.
  2. I’m an undergraduate student at Gonzaga University.


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