Name: Rosie Lyons
Location: London, United Kingdom
Role: Writer/Journalist Team Member
Fundraising Goal: £400+
How did you get interested in global issues?
My parents grew up during the Troubles in Belfast, and this really sparked my interest in global affairs, particularly in the distribution of power between states and their foreign aid initiatives, but also with the internal conflict and its deteriorating effect on societies. I am currently undertaking a BA in International Relations at King’s College London, and it has really opened my eyes to the distribution of power amongst states and communities on a wider scale. With the US as a central part of my degree, I have become really interested in studying US foreign policy and its diplomatic efforts overseas. I have a module in international law, and this has allowed me to explore my interests in topics such as international refugee law, specifically the lack of legal assistance it can give people fleeing war-torn states and poverty.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I think it is an extremely important and imperative cause. Since everyone globally has the right, according to the UN, to health, adequate housing, safe food and water, and education, it is extremely imperative that we work together and with organisations to educate and ensure that people’s rights are protected. Being in a privileged position as a student in London, I recognise that I have the time and resources to make a change in this way, and have become an ambassador with The Borgen Project to become part of this education and mobilisation, so that hopefully we can make a significant change.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love going on walks and my favourite season is spring! When I was younger, my dad was in a band, and I grew up listening to a lot of different music like soul and rock, so I really enjoy going to live concerts – no matter what it is!
My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.
- When I reach £100, I will organise a movie night for my flat with snacks like popcorn.
- When I reach £500 I will organise a walk in the park with my dog and other owners of dogs in the neighbourhood, possibly with a picnic.
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– Gov. Jay Inslee (WA)
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