By Angelia Miranda
For Heidi Breeze-Harris, working in the global health sector may not have been an obvious path, but in retrospect, it makes sense. Thanks to the trips that she and her mother saved up for every summer, and growing up with a diverse extended family, Breeze-Harris has always had a strong connection to the international sector. “Because I started traveling to pretty out of the way places when I was young, I was comfortable in those settings,” she says.
But what she saw within those settings didn’t always make sense.
One of the greatest influences in her life, her grandfather, instilled in her a lesson as a child. “He taught me that there is nobody lesser than me, and nobody better. We are all the same level of human.” Breeze-Harris internalized his words, but the inequality and injustice she saw during her travels made her wonder how they could be true when reality looked so different.
“My grandfather instilled this belief and then I went into the world.” As a 5-year-old child in Lima, she recalls asking herself, “How do I get to eat breakfast and these other children my age don’t. Why can’t they have what I have? And is it wrong that I do?”
Read the full story about Heidi Breeze-Harris at Global Washington.
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