Melissa's Story:

This is Melissa. A dedicated globetrotter, Melissa joined PED as an individual passionate for international relations and foreign affairs. She has always believed that exploring the world was an incredible experience, so she joined PED in traveling to Uganda. “The world is a big place and there’s a lot going on, but it’s also small enough that you go places and feel the lived experience of people all over.”

She joined for the love of travel, but along the way, she learned so much more. Melissa knows that small groups can make a huge impact, which is why she teamed up with PED. She sees sustainable, community-based action at the heart of PED’s mission, “It just makes sense. You don’t want to make a person indebted to you; you don’t want to put yourself on a different level.”

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