Name: Miriam Laeky
Location: Allen, TX
Role: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues? Both of my parents are East African immigrants. My dad is from Ethiopia, and my mom is from Eritrea. They taught my siblings and I the importance of being aware of the global issues/foreign policy and encouraged us to engage. My dad always used to say, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish you feed a village.” This foundation allowed me to begin serving in my own community as an advocate for immigrants and lower income communities. And now, I have the opportunity to take my experience in Texas politics and advocacy on a global scale.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? I am volunteering my time to serve because I have always held the perspective, “If not me, then who.” I believe the first thing about community is stepping-up yourself and setting an example for others to follow, and, so, my hope during my time with The Borgen Project is to inspire others to get informed and motivated to mobilize for this amazing cause.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

  1. I am a first-generation student at Baylor University completing my senior year studying Economics and Spanish
  2. I worked in the Texas Capitol during the 86th Legislature
  3. I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years
  4. I have a blue belt in Taekwondo and play the violin
  5. I love reading and poetry

My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.

  1. $75: I will babysit on two separate nights. I’m a great tutor as well!
  2. $125: I will bake a cake with a design/theme of your choice.
  3. $200: I will do something fun/crazy/embarrassing on Baylor’s campus! Sic’em Bears!

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“Having made tremendous strides on behalf of impoverished families throughout the world, I applaud The Borgen Project for its tireless commitment to ending global poverty. Through strategic advocacy and public education, you are helping to shape U.S. policy for the betterment of mankind. We are proud to be home to visionary groups like The Borgen Project. You represent the best of who we are as a state and as a people – insightful thinkers, proactive leaders and inspiring problem-solvers, who are committed to redefining what is possible and, ultimately, to changing the world.”

– Gov. Jay Inslee (WA)

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