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CHS Alumna Nisaa DuFour ’19 Working to Fight Extreme Poverty
CHS alumna Nisaa DuFour ’19 and the Borgen Project are a great match.
DuFour has been interested in social justice issues for as long as she can remember, and taking sociology with Ms. Jessica Louie her junior year at CHS opened her eyes to such issues in depth. The Borgen Project is a national organization which fights extreme poverty and seeks to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. A great match, indeed.
As a sophomore at Rutgers with a double major in criminal justice and sociology, DuFour landed the competitive internship with the Borgen Project and has not wasted a second trying to make a difference for those experiencing extreme poverty. Giving voice to the voiceless, DuFour has taken on the organization’s mission as her own.
In her position, she’s lobbied congressional staffers on behalf of the world’s poor; mobilized others to contact their Congress members in support of key poverty-reduction legislation; published a letter to the editor titled “Foreign aid helps national security” in “The Philadelphia Tribune” about how foreign aid benefits America’s national security.
Through the Borgen Project, DuFour is engaged in a fundraising campaign to advocate for advancing policies and programs for those living on less than $1 a day. To ensure DuFour receives recognition for a donation, prospective donors are reminded to enter her name in the “on behalf of” field at the bottom of the form. Read more about her fundraiser, which lasts through October 30.
“I have always been passionate about social justice issues, especially poverty and hunger,” DuFour said. “Thousands of people, especially children, dying from preventable illnesses each year is unacceptable. People are struggling and I want to do anything I can to help because I am in a position to do so. After researching this summer about extreme global poverty and its global impact, I wanted to be proactive and get involved in any way I could to help combat this issue.”
The Elkins Park resident who attended Myers Elementary loves to bake and is teaching herself how to play guitar plans on having a career in nonprofit work in some form to help others.
The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization fighting extreme poverty, and focuses its advocacy on starvation/global food security; newborn, child and mother survival; access to clean water and sanitation; and food aid reform. Founded in 2003 in Seattle by Clint Borgen, the organization has volunteers operating in 931 cities across the world.