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SPOTLIGHT ON: Perlina Patel

1. Please introduce yourself!

I am currently in my final year of the LLB at King’s and founder of a small do-good platform called Natwar. My free time is mostly spent reading, re-watching New Girl, making stir-fries and going out with friends. I hope to practice in the field of international law and human rights in the future and look forward to postgraduate study once my LLB is complete.

2. I've noticed that you have a lot of experiences in volunteering and human rights work. What made you interested in this area of work?

I think it’s a somewhat natural inclination to help those in need, but it’s also incredibly rewarding to see how seemingly small efforts can genuinely make a big impact on others’ quality of life. It’s a great way to meet and work with people from all over the world from all kinds of backgrounds too.

3. Congratulations on founding Natwar! Could you tell us more about this non-profit organisation and how you came about establishing Natwar?

Thank you! Natwar was my grandad’s name, and the platform started as my dedication to him; he very much inspired the humanitarian in me and I wanted a way to keep him a part of the contributions I make as a result of that. There are essentially 3 main parts to the platform, each serving a different purpose. The first, our website, predominantly seeks to promote campaigns, projects and organisations – from grassroot NGOs to global funds + research institutions – in a deliberately easy format to simplify the process of contributing to different causes. The second is the blog, where we invite volunteers to share their thoughts on various current affairs and the state of human rights in order to encourage different perspectives to come together and actively engage with global issues. Thirdly, our social media pages (@natwaroffciaal on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) aim to amplify the voices of do-gooders and initiate important discussions over presently and historically prominent rights-related issues and events.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully with an LLM and working towards being called to the Bar! As for Natwar, I hope to have even more people on our team and be running our own initiatives in the field to make a bigger social impact – in fact, we just recently started the research phase of our first project working with children living in slum conditions.

Interviewed by: Olivia Kim


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