ROANOKE, VA (December 7, 2012)-- Albert Einstein once said “The world is a dangerous place, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” On December 6, at North Cross School, as a part of the ongoing speaker series, students enrolled in the Horace G. Fralin Program for Global Studies heard from Lisabeth List, a member of a worldwide organization actively serving people in counties around the world who are victims of war, natural disasters, epidemics, genocide, mass mutilations and displacement.
List and members of her team are typically deployed to terrible situations around the world to manage medical relief efforts. “Doctors without Borders makes the difference between life and death in the world”, said List. Her assistance has been delivered to troubled areas including Darfur/South Sudan, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and many other places with natural or humanitarian disasters. She has had bouts of malaria and dengue fever, landed on airstrips surrounded by people with weapons and had to negotiate with rebels to pack and evacuate her station in just 20 minutes.
List said to the students, “If you think this is cool, it totally is. We all started out just like you, we were all once like each of you. You have the chance to be catalysts for change. You may be told that you cannot change the world, but I am able to change one person’s life at a time, and that in itself is worth it.”
She recalled one of eight Christmases of her action-packed life serving in other countries, this particular one in Kashmir. “There were so many Christmas cards that were coming under my door from my Muslim colleagues that it was truly amazing. Despite the differences in our religions and cultures, we have so much in common and so much we do together to help others in need in the world.”
About North Cross School
North Cross School is a college-preparatory day school grounded in a strong liberal arts and science curriculum combined with exceptional co-curricular programs. The academic program, from junior kindergarten through twelfth grade, prepares students to become responsible, successful citizens by encouraging them to explore their interests and develop their talents. The School is located at 4254 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA, 24018. For more information, visit www.northcross.org.