Name: Pragna Gaddamedi
Location: Austin, Texas
Position: PR/Marketing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $600

How did you get interested in global issues?
Growing up Indian-American, I would often return to India for the summer. The environment I was exposed to made me question how people could commute to work every day, living their lives ignorant to the masses living in grave poverty. This got me engaged in the idea that I, one day, wanted to make a change, that no change is too small if even one family can live a better life–that would mean everything to them.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I have always been saddened to see a large portion of our world’s population without access to the many resources that we, in the United States, take for granted. Children who grow up malnourished in war-stricken regions, the aging who have no access to proper healthcare or medication, and girls who are restricted from receiving an education solely due to their gender. Our world makes great advances in technology and innovation, rapidly, but more priority needs to be granted to those who are just fighting every day for a chance to live a life we take for granted.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love reading novels (mostly fiction), and I’m a huge food fanatic! I also was on a swim team for 8 years.

 

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