Row4Life will, though rowing competitions mitigate conflict, foster friendships among all ethnicities and genders, establish national pride, and avoid a return to civil war in South Sudan. The key to everything is Global Diversity
This project has several positive effects on the youth of South Sudan:
It is our dream as well as our realistic expectation that within ten years South Sudan can enter and competitively race in world-level rowing competitions (Olympics, World Games, etc.) as the South Sudan Rowing Team.
UNIVERSITY ERG CLUBS
It is also our dream that Erg Clubs will be established at universities, worldwide, all promoting Global Diversity while further advocating and highlighting the challenges in South Sudan.
The Row4Life Global Diversity Initiative (R-GDI) is a program that once in full effect will be a worldwide movement that will harness the potential of young students to be global leaders and drivers of global change as a result of recognizing the power of global diversity.
This will be accomplished through the establishment of R-GDI clubs in university campuses across the US. These clubs will use Concept 2 rowing machines and the images of Row4Life (leadership program in South Sudan) to promote global diversity as a means of spreading awareness and advocacy for various diversity based causes throughout the world thereby enacting global impact and change.
Each college or university needs just one Erg Concept 2 rowing machine to establish itself as an R-GDI club. Rowing machines do not require water for usage and very accessible and easy to utilize. The R-GDI club is a platform for discourse, advocacy, and interaction; It is not intended to be an athletic club, but of course competitions and events can be held, too. The key objective is for each R-GDI club to promote global diversity and provide discourse on global diversity.
R-GDI will donate one erg per universities rowing club which makes it relatively cheap and efficient for R-GDI to spread and become a nationwide movement amongst university student leaders who are destined to become national and global leaders. These students will be recruited from the Bonner Leader Program, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), Model UN and EU, SGA, and University political/advocacy groups.
The University of Lynchburg has established the first R-GDI Club and students from a variety of universities have already expressed interest in starting their own clubs. Once a university has a club, then that university can expand R-GDI to other universities by donating rowing machines to them using a "pay it forward" model to spread R-GDI nationwide that much more quickly.
R-GDI is going to be a global movement that has the potential to make a global impact through the use of global leaders that will change the world. Please spread the word of R-GDI to help make this vision a reality!
R-GDI uses images from Row4Life, a leadership program in South Sudan focused upon finding and grooming future leaders in an efforrt to mitigate ongoing civil war. At the same time, Row4Life is hoping and planning to create the country's first Olympic rowing team, thereby promoting unity, nationalism, and showing the power of diversity within a country currently at war because of internal ethnic issues.
R-GDI now has own website. Please click on the image to the right.
I visited South Sudan (Juba and Wau) for nearly three weeks in July 2022. Click below for updated slide deck.
An erg rower was just recently placed in Warrup Town in Warrup State. So, we now have ergs in three States; Central Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Warrup.
Four more erg machines are ready for shipping. Ambassador Natana has agreed to help. Once in South Sudan they will be assembled and placed at schools in the remaining seven States.
Your donations are very important. Please give generously. We also renovate used erg Concept-2 Rowing machines, and so we will gladly accept these donations, too.