Name: Nicollet Laframboise
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Position: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I study Political Science and History at Skidmore College, and I have always been fascinated by lives unlike my own. When I was young, I gravitated towards books about children from different countries, historical houses and museums about people who lived in the past. I think everyone is interested by the unknown to some extent; it’s in our nature. This interest was what drove me to pick up books like I Am Malala, Things Fall Apart, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and later, to keep up with international affairs news. Particular areas of interest to me are the former Soviet states and South Africa (where I recently spent a semester studying social and political change).

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am an empathetic person and enjoy helping others. I feel very privileged to have been born into a reality where I have had access to nourishing food, good education, and opportunities to pursue a fruitful career. I know that my reality is only a dream for millions of people, so I want to use my place of privilege to help others. By spreading awareness for global issues and encouraging others to contact Congress in support of global aid legislation, I hope to enact positive change.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love to cook and bake! Being in the kitchen is a huge stress-relieving and comforting activity to me, and I love to share food with others. I read lots of cookbooks and food magazines, gathering information and creative ideas for my next meals. I also love to try new foods.

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

  1. $10+: Write you a letter and/or give you a large hug :)
  2. $50+: Make you cookies!
  3. $75+: Make you a big wonderful dinner
  4. $150+: Paint you a landscape oil painting


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