“…these characters have this ability to engage children in every place on earth… when we bring in our characters, and you see Elmo, and these children light up, and the thought that you’re going to reach them with quality, proven educational content! But at the same time, we bring a joy and a hope, and that’s really important in these settings.”
And our semi-finalist for this evening in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Initiative is The Carter Center, and their proposal is to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria. And here to discuss that with us is Dr. Frank Richards, who is the Director of the River Blindness Elimination Program at The Carter Center.
“I think in many ways for me, the challenge that our team is taking on really is the most important challenge facing the African continent. The reason I believe that is: if we look at history, history shows us that saving newborns is the most powerful key to initiating economic development in poor countries… And so I think that accelerating the progress to improve newborn survival is at the heart of how do we jump-start economic progress there.”
And this evening, you’re going to hear from another one of the semi-finalists in the 100&Change initiative of the MacArthur Foundation. He is Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, the Co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project.
And this evening, we’ll be joined by our second semi-finalist, Catholic Relief Services, who is looking to change how society cares for children and orphanages with the aim of getting them into family settings. And with us to discuss it is their President and CEO, Sean Callahan.