One of the goals of Embrace the Struggle (ETS) is to shed light on causes and individuals, especially women, who are making a difference in communities throughout the world. What better way to begin ETS’s interview series than by catching up with a compatriot who has not forgotten her roots!
Rosie Hodge-Adams is a fellow Kittitian-Nevisian now living in Los Angeles who, along with her husband, Julien, has spearheaded a nonprofit organization, Children of the Caribbean, that provides support in the areas of education, health care, and social development to causes throughout the Caribbean.
As Executive Director of COTC, Rosie has been able to secure endorsements for COTC from celebrities such as Nia Long, Stacey Dash, Blair Underwood, and Eric Close. Her organization counts among its sponsors Ziggy Marley’s Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE), the Conrad Hilton Foundation, and ONE Coconut Water.
I know that her heart for bringing lasting change to the lives of young people in the Caribbean will strike a chord with you!
You can listen to the entire interview here, but check out some excerpts below.
But the home was very dilapidated. It’s a private-run institution managed by the [Society of] St. Vincent de Paul, through the Catholic Church, and they do their best. They do really, really well because all the money that they receive is put into these kids. Now they’re getting assistance. They have basically taken these kids on and made these children their own children. And so they have done really, really well.
But the little things… I’m sure any parent would choose to feed their child rather than fix the roof, so that’s where we stepped in. Versus buying sheets for the bed, they put shoes on their feet, and so the plan is to make their lives just a little bit more comfortable. We decided to step up, and we got immense support from people here in Los Angeles and all over, as a matter of fact!
You start something like this, Alison, and you have no idea who’s going to buy in and who’s going to help you and how far you’re going to be able to go. And people start asking you for things and you want to tell everybody “yes,” but you have to be careful not to… you know? But the support has been amazing!