I am always honored to hear how one of our supporters became acquainted with EarthRights International, and reminded of the many ways our work can affect people. Recently, my good friend Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert, Co-Chair of our board of directors, told our supporters how she discovered ERI. Her story, pasted below, is unique and humbling, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for everything, Rebecca! And thank you to all of our supporters!
Subject: Why I Support EarthRights International
Dear ERI supporter,
It was just after Christmas, 10 years ago, that I embarked on my first journey East. My grandfather, David Rockefeller, invited my brother and me (age 22 and 24, respectively) to travel with him to Burma. I fell in love -
“The villages of Inlay Lake are so beautiful,” I wrote in my journal. “Light splashes on the houses, dancing with the waves. Corrugated, rust-colored roofs compliment the vast green and blue of water, and everywhere golden pagodas glint or stupas protrude.” I was moved by the people: the school children singing American nursery rhymes; vendors who painted thanaka on my face; my friend Moe Moe, who taught me to say “it’s okay,” (yabade), and “thank you” (jesutimbade).
It was this trip that brought me to EarthRights International, through which my love of Burma and her people has only deepened. Though I have not returned to Burma since that first trip, ERI has given me the opportunity to connect in other ways.
On my first trip with the board, I met the plaintiffs in ERI’s landmark Unocal case, who so bravely told their stories of rape, torture and murder, and won a slice of justice against a goliath U.S. corporation. Talk about speaking truth to power – these men and women are true heroes. Last . . .