When WFSS Founder Salva Dut was invited to the Wheelock College international conference exploring global issues, challenges and opportunities, he knew that this was a can’t-miss opportunity to have WFSS be visible to another globally-focused audience.
From June 19th-22nd, the world visited this small but powerful college on the outskirts of Boston, MA. Wheelock was the perfect setting for such a collection of intellectuals, politicians, policy makers, advocates and activists. The institute of higher education, attended by roughly 750 students annually, is a small school with a proud 125 year history of global impact. It may be small in numbers but the college has a big voice in a big city and that voice speaks for human rights and change.
Dut was one of four speakers on a panel entitled, “A Dwindling, Precious Resource: Access to Clean Water and its Human Rights and Health Implications.” With over 600 attendees from dozens of different nations, and eight keynote speakers whose collective resumes would fill a city phone book, you couldn’t take in the conference all in one day.
On Saturday afternoon, after four days of insightful, thoughtful and provocative dialogue, hundreds of weary but inspired participants from around the world said goodbye to their newly made connections and friends. They left with hope and intent for the opportunity for future collaboration to share ideas and work together on the global issues of education, health, and human rights facing children, youth and families.
Water for South Sudan gained valuable visibility on a world stage, set the foundation for future conversations and partnerships, and left feeling optimistic but realistic in a world that faces so many serious problems and issues. WFSS is also motivated more than ever to stand with so many other individuals and institutions to work on these issues together.