I was 5 years old when I was first deeply impacted by seeing another child suffer, a malnourished child. That image will never leave me. At 11 years old, Spurred on by my teacher, I wrote a letter to the local newspaper to draw attention to the plight of children in Bangladesh, advocating for our community to intervene. I could not believe that adults would allow this happen. And then I became an adult.
It was not until 2005 that I would pluck up the courage to volunteer in Sierra Leone, right after the civil war had ended. My experiences there impacted me so deeply and Freedom Tree was born, with the goal of seeing every life have a chance to fulfill its potential from the point of birth.