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Two St. Lawrence students have been awarded "Projects for Peace" grants for 2011, in the fifth year of the program. At least one St. Lawrence student has been awarded a grant every year since the program began, and this is the third year that grants were awarded to two simultaneous projects.

Grants, of $10,000 each, were awarded this year to Nathan Rotich '14, of Kenya, and Khadeeja Hamid '11, of the Maldives. 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. 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 prior years, Mrs. Davis has continued the program in subsequent years.

Rotich plans to implement a seven-week program in Tonga, teaching fishing techniques to young people, and also helping them get fresh-caught fish to market, in order to assist in developing their economy. Hamid, a global studies and economics major, is organizing a week-long workshop to be held in the Maldives for 25 women between the ages of 18 and 24, on issues of violence against women, including strategies for breaking out of the cycle of violence. Both will work with established organizations in reaching the audidences for the programs.

More information: Davis Projects for Peace Web site

Posted: March 24, 2011

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