Kulsum Rifa arrived in the United States when she was 10 years old. When her niece died at the age of 3 in floods caused by a monsoon in her home country, she knew that she had to devote her life to combating climate change. Bangladesh is more vulnerable than other countries to rising sea levels as it is located on a river delta. Kulsum has made it her life's cause to try to prevent her family and her people from becoming homeless and forming part of the millions of people displaced by the floods.
Today, at 19 years old, Kulsum belongs to a group of youth leaders from SustainUS which took part in the United Nations climate delegation. An internet publication included her on its list of 11 youth activists with the greatest future potential.
As a strong, courageous activist, Kulsum Rifa gained training with the support of Bottom Line, an organization that financially supports and accompanies underprivileged young people in the state of Massachusetts, USA, throughout their studies.
We support Bottom Line in its goal of bringing about a more well-informed generation of young people who can break the poverty cycle for future generations and become leaders who will go on to improve the world. Kulsum Rifa is a great example of what this initiative can do.