Empowering Vuka Resettlement CommunityDouglas Mapondera ’11 refurbished the irrigation infrastructure in Vuka Resettlement Community, his home village in Zimbabwe. A former commercial farm community with an irrigation system damaged by war, the village currently holds 70 family sites. Without irrigation, the 700 villagers must carry water far to nourish their crops. more
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2014. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.
Who is funding this and why?
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. "I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives - things that they can do during the summer of 2007 - that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world," said Mrs. Davis.
Because of the many marvelous achievements made by students since the summer of 2007, Mrs. Davis continues the Davis Projects for Peace. Mrs. Davis feels some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world and believes that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.
What do you mean by “projects for peace”?
Intentionally, no clear definition is offered so as not to limit the imagination. We leave it up to the students to define what a “project for peace” might be. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.
Who is eligible to design a “project for peace”?
Undergraduate students at any of the Davis UWC Scholar schools (including seniors who would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible. While the schools included are restricted to those in the Davis UWC Scholars Program, all undergraduates (not just Davis UWC Scholars at those schools) are eligible. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.
How does the funding for these projects work?
Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund Davis Projects for Peace in 2014. While Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000, projects with larger budgets are welcome as is co-funding from other sources (such as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundation, NGO/PVO or students’ own fundraising).
2013 Peace Prize Winners
Macalester was awarded two Projects for Peace awards to be completed during the summer of 2013. Valentino Grbavac will work to improve the quality of education in the town of Ljubuški in Bosnia and Herzegovina by renovating the science classroom in the elementary school. Joseph Sengeh, Omar Mansour, and Andrea Grimaldi's project will take place in the Sierra Leonean community of Kpetema Village.