Two St. Lawrence University students have been awarded one of the "100
Projects for Peace" grants for 2008, in the second year of the program.
Yuki Poudyal '09, of Nepal, and Nicole Szucs '10, of Bolivia, plan a
project that aims to provide 20 to 30 young people living on the
streets of Kathmandu with the opportunity to be more productive
and help them reintegrate into society.
Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at the
American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College
Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will
implement during the summer of 2008. The projects judged to be the
most promising and do-able are funded at $10,000 each. The objective
is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and
try out their own ideas for building peace. The Davis Projects for
Peace is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished
internationalist and philanthropist.Upon the occasion of her 100th
birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C.
Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate
by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace.
Because of the many marvelous achievements made by students
in the summer of 2007, Mrs. Davis is continuing the Davis Projects
for Peace for the summer of 2008.
Poudyal and Szucs plan to recruit, train and supervise 14- to 17-year-olds
living on the streets in Kathmandu in a food-cart business. The project
includes training the youths in basic cooking skills, monetary calculations,
savings, investment and interpersonal skills of leadership, responsibility
and team work. Following apprenticeships in restaurants, selected
youths will be given capital and equipment to operate mobile food carts,
with sales and management of the businesses monitored regularly.
Four St. Lawrence students
were awarded grants through the program in its initial year.
Davis Projects for Peace Web site
Posted: April 17, 2008