Ritu Dhungana The Borgen Project
Name: Ritu Dhungana
Location: Morgantown, WV
Role: Advocate

How did you get interested in global issues?
I got interested in global issues as a child in Nepal. I have witnessed poverty and its effects very closely. In my last visit in December of 2013 I also encountered the stigmatization of poverty in Nepal. The growing inequality between rich and poor and the urban and rural population stunned me. Since my last visit, I am more aware of my privileged position, which made the stigmatization of poverty more visible. I feel a compelling need to generate awareness among the urban population on poverty and re-humanizing poverty.

What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty?
I am a Ph.D. candidate in department of political science at West Virginia University. Actually, I try and fight poverty through my academic works as well. I specialize in gender and development.

What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project?
The Borgen Project allows you to be a part of the solution at your convenience. I have always wanted to be a part of the struggle to fight poverty. I try and donate every month but as a graduate student that was not always feasible. The Borgen Project is a platform which allows people to be a part of the solution without hidden costs. This is a perfect volunteering opportunity for someone like me who wants to do something about the global poverty but can’t manage to find time and money to do so. This is the most practical volunteering opportunity.