Two Human Rights Leaders Inspire
Audience in Rochester NY
John Prendergast, world renowned co-founder of The Enough Project and Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan, shared a stage at Monroe Community College in Henrietta NY, near Rochester on March 4th 2013. The event was part of a day-long set of activities sponsored by The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project, a student organization based at the College.
Prendergast engaged the audience to identify their personal "enough moment" - that moment that inspires a person to take action of whatever sort to make to a difference in the world. Using self-effacing humor and anecdotes, Prendergast offered a 10 point checklist of how to turn that enough moment into effective action. He noted that an individual acting alone is limited in what he or she can do. But acting together with others, even a few like-minded, committed people can make a movement that drives change for local or even global impact that helps others. He urged the audience to identify what and where they can help and get started, citing Salva and Water for South Sudan as an example of local action with global impact.
Prior to Prendergast's talk, Salva thanked the audience for how the people of Rochester, along with thousands of other Water for South Sudan supporters in 49 states, Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore, have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. He then gave an overview of South Sudan's progress and challenges as the newest nation in the world, comparing the country to a new-born baby that needs help and encourgement which takes time until it can stand on its own.
Dut came for the event and other activities from South Sudan where he now lives and works year round, overseeing the South Sudan operations of the organization he founded.