Davis Projects for Peace
5 June 2014
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools and International Houses worldwide to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the Northern Hemisphere summer. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects are selected for funding at USD$10,000 each.
We are proud that since 2009, residents from International House, the University of Sydney, have been awarded funding for their projects. IH residents have implemented projects in Lebanon, India, Kenya and South Sudan.
In 2013, Ladu Boyo II, as resident from the newly created country of South Sudan was awarded the grant for his project, the aim of which is to build a dormitory for Secondary Girls in the town of Kabe in South Sudan. This area was, until very recently, considered too dangerous for charities and aid organisations to enter and it is still very unstable. Ladu helped building a place where girls can stay and study. It is important for them to have their own space, as if they make the long journey home each night they are expected to complete numerous chores and do not have time to study. He hopes that this dorm will enable a higher number of girls in the area to complete secondary school, leading to better development outcomes for the town and a more stable future.
In 2014, Hesham Badr from Egypt was awarded the funding for a project entitled 'Think Sustainability' aimed at supporting poor Egyptian families who are struggling to make ends meet. The project involves the purchase of three cows and three calves to be distributed equally among three families. Production of milk and various diary products from cows will not only help with the shortage of food but any excess produce can also be sold for a profit. Furthermore, cows will be mated to give calves that are sold for money to buy additional sets of cows and calves to support even more families. It is expected by the end of ten years, this project will be able to support thirty families, contributing to a bright and sustainable future.
More information about the Project for Peace can be found on the following link: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/