Insight Dialogues with Judith Rodin and Robin Wright

Insight Dialogues with Judith Rodin and Robin Wright

An inspiring conversation this evening between Judith Rodin and Robin Wright which was the first Insight Dialogues from the Rockefeller Foundation.
A few takeaways:

  • Engage people to act and share – to be a part, participation – skills and talents; not just giving money.
  • Silence is apathy; let your compassion win – possess everyday drive and get up to fix the broken and unresolved for the betterment of our world.
  • Engage with people/organizations who are on the ground making change.
  • Movements make the change.
  • Repeat your message with conviction that won’t let go. Love the cause.
  • The indomitable optimism in the face of extraordinary adversity is powerful to witness. Living thankful, hopeful and joyful despite situations and conditions. No matter if you are a victim or an activist, advocate, partner, etc…, you must have an attitude and outlook that won’t give up or quit.

Watch ‘Making Noise’: Robin Wright and the Path Towards Global Equality | Insight Dialogue with Judith Rodin
presented by The Rockefeller Foundation on May 25, 2016

Click here to learn more about Robin Wright and Karen Fowler’s social cause and company.
Click here to read more about the Dodd-Frank Act.
Click here to read Robin Wright’s Huffington Post article for more history regarding conflict minerals and violence in the Congo.
Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Wren’s Song Helping Orphans in the DRC

Sarah and Tony Witbrod are passionate about helping children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There are an estimated 4.6 million orphaned children in this area of Africa. In February, the Washington Times published an article detailing their inspiring story of finding hope for Congolese children through the tragedy of others. Here’s an excerpt:

“The brief life of a little girl named Wren is making a positive difference for many other children. Sarah and Tony Witbrod were in the process of adopting Wren in 2010 from an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are an estimated 4-6 million orphans in this war-ravaged country in central Africa.

The Witbrods Congo DRC orphans orphanageThe Witbrods, who lived in Douglas at the time, also planned to adopt Wren’s sister Emory because they did not want the two to be separated. On Oct. 27, 2010, they received a phone call with a devastating message that changed their lives: 15-month-old Wren had died. A malaria epidemic swept through her orphanage, killing 12 of 18 children. Wren had no resources to put up a fight, as she came to the orphanage extremely malnourished. A photograph of her shows a small, crying infant with extremely thin legs.

The Witbrods then committed themselves to telling her story, as well as the story of other orphans in the DRC and the conditions they face. Sarah Witbrod started a website called Wren’s Song as a living tribute to her adopted daughter, she said. The website also is a way to help people understand what the orphans endure. People can donate at the site, and she makes sure that all of the donations go directly to the orphanages.

She also bought a building at an orphanage in the DRC called Center Emmanuel, and the couple has donated money for repairs there.”  Click here to read the article.

Click here to visit their website to learn how you can make a difference for the orphanage and children in the DRC.