Our newest member of the team is Nissi Unduithi, an intern who has joined us from George Fox University.
Loom: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Nissi: I come from a village in the Southeastern part of India, where I live with my parents, two sisters, and a brother. With both my parents involved in ministry, I grew up around strong Christian influences with a desire to seek God and the faith-filled life. I also attended an International High school in India where I first heard of George Fox University from which I just graduated with a degree in International Studies/ Global Studies.
Loom: What it something that keeps you up at night, something you’re passionate about?
Nissi: I am fascinated by stories I hear, stories of people, the choices people have, and the decisions they make with them. These stories almost always have a tremendous effect on me. It is also incredible to see people starting over with bits of hope despite fear and anxiety. I also enjoy singing and listening to music.
Loom: What is something you think we in Portland could learn from your community back home?
Nissi: Portland is a cold-climate culture while Tondangi is a hot-climate culture. I believe, these cultural differences between each context provide opportunities to learn about, and from each other. Living here in America, I personally miss some of the aspects of a hot-climate culture such as a stronger sense of community and inclusivity.
Loom: How did you hear about Loom? What interested you in joining as an intern?
Nissi: I heard about Loom from a mutual friend, and what interested me most was Loom’s grassroots approach in lifting vulnerable communities of the world out of poverty through the involvement of their own community members. I believe this approach not only provides the locals with a voice but also it empowers them to make an impact and be self-sustainable themselves.
Loom: What are your future goals, and what are you hoping to learn from your internship to get there?
Nissi: I am dedicating this year after college to gain more experience in direct field work, and to build my confidence as I hone my skills and education that I have acquired. In that process, my hope for this internship is that it would be mutually beneficial.