Name: Robert Sprankle
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Position: Writer Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
When I was young, I would listen to world news on NPR and wonder why there were so many problems in the majority of the world while I lived a relatively easy life. This curiosity drove me to study history in high school and college, and I see now the underlying causes of global poverty and the global health crisis. It can be difficult looking at human suffering now and knowing that it was absolutely preventable, but also encouraging to know that it didn’t come from nowhere, and perhaps the cure lies somewhere in the origin of the problem itself.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Part of it is an exercise in my own personal development. I learned my writing style in academia, but large, ponderous, research papers are rarely read by a large audience, so I thought that it would be easier to get acquainted with this kind of writing in order to make issues I care about more likely to be heard. I also firmly believe that chickens come home to roost, no matter how far across the world they may be, and the unprecedented global refugee crisis is proof of it. Regardless of where the blame lies for this massive displacement of humans, it would be remiss of me not to study the underlying causes in their home countries and raise awareness as to why they left in the first place.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’m a recent graduate from Appalachian State University’s history program, and I’ve spent the couple of years since developing my skills and resume. I am also an active member of Raleigh’s Triangle Sword Guild HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) club—a society dedicated to restoring and reinventing lost martial arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Outside of my professional development, and club activities I am an avid reader, writer, and gamer—I even occasionally stream on Twitch.


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