Drilling Wells & Transforming Lives: "Inspiring and thought provoking."
September 21, 2009
On Monday evening, September 21st, Water for Sudan, Inc., hosted its annual community event at the Eastman House's Dryden Theatre in Rochester, New York. The free event included video highlights from this year's Southern Sudan drilling season, recognition for outstanding supporters, and a panel discussion on key issues affecting Southern Sudan. The DreamSeeds dance and drumming youth group energized the audience with their performances which opened and ended the evening.
The panel discussion was moderated by Angelique Stevens, Water for Sudan Board member and Monroe Community College professor. Panelists included Salva Dut, president of Water for Sudan and Field operations leader; Alephonsion Deng, Sudanese-American, a former "Lost Boy of Sudan", award-winning co-author of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky; JB Manin, scholar, lawyer, activist; John Turner, Water for Sudan's COO and; Nancy Reinert, Water for Sudan Board member.
Each panelist shared views and experience related to water as a basic human right, the need in Southern Sudan, and the environmental, cultural and political challenges in meeting that need. Listen to the panel discussion.
An audience of 200 plus asked questions and recorded comments such as:
"Very informative evening - many thanks!"
"It's an honor to be a small part of Water for Sudan's celebration of life through water."
"Thank you for tonight! Inspiring and thought provoking."
The event was not a fund-raiser but at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall reception which followed, two gift checks totaling $12,500 were presented to Salva and Board Chair Chris Moore; one from fundraising
by First Congregational Church of Riga, New York, and another by Bonnie Lloyd of Rochester whose gift honors her granddaughter.
Alephonsion Deng and his co-author Judy Bernstein signed dozens of copies of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky.
Panel discussion and Q&A were recorded and are available:
Download MP3 recording of Panel Discussion (37 minutes, 17MB)
Download MP3 recording of Audience Q&A (12 minutes, 6MB)