Davis and Earlham Peace Projects
Each year two Earlham students/groups are awarded a $10,000 prize to pursue a "Peace Project" during the summer months. Students have worked near and far, on issues of structural inquealities, inclusion, and areas of conflict, from Brazil, to India, to right here in Richmond, Indiana. Here are some recent projects:
Dosti Initiative, 2019 Davis Projects for Peace Recipients
Summia Tora ’20 (right) and Maida Raza ’22 (right) worked on a project that will resulted in summer workshops at grade schools in Kabul, Afghanistan and Mehrabpur, Pakistan. Dosti means friendship in Persian and Urdu, primary languages in both countries. The project, which was implemented from May 22 to June 18 at a local Kabul high school in Afghanistan and Mehrabpur Girls Primary School in Pakistan, had three objectives:
- Educate girls about menstruation and train them to make reusable sanitary napkins;
- Connect the girls virtually to share and learn about their experiences of menses and promote an understanding of shared social and cultural history between Pakistan and Afghanistan; and
- Promote peace in communities through fairs that provide access to sanitary napkins and connect women across borders.
The goal of the project was to develop a level of collaboration and cooperation between Afghanis and Pakistanis. Read More→
Healing Hearts and Building Bridges, 2019 Earlham Project for Peace Recipient
Aishat Sadiq’s ’19 (left) project added mental health education and referral services to existing immigration and refugee support work in New York’s immigrant communities. The project objectives was to host workshops for parents; raisied awareness and educated through lectures, group discussions and reflection; provided access to free or reduced-price methods and services with local providers; and strengthened relationships between parents and their children through reducing parental stress and educating on effective methods of communication. To help facilitate the project, which ran in New York from July 15 - August 31, Sadiq partnered with Immigrant Families Together, an organization founded in New York with the mission of reuniting immigrant families. Read More→
Here are some past recipients of the Davis and Earlham Peace Projects:
- 2018 Davis Prize recipients Gyeongeun Lee '20 and Hyeonji Kim '21 undertook a project working with young adult North Korean refugees in South Korea. They identified a need for cultural exposure and integration and designed and implemented a series of workshops, outings, reflections, and discussions though a local university on issues of belonging. Read More →
- 2018 EC Prize recipients Megan Bennet ’20 and Anmol Lamichane ’18 developed a project called “Building Global Female STEM communities in Indiana and Nepal” to address some of the reasons why young girls and women are poorly represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields/classes in Richmond, IN and Nepal. Read More →
- 2017 Davis Prize recipient, Peniel Ibe '17 carried out her project "Young Mothers 4 Peace" in Monrovia Liberia, focusing on income generating skills development with a local partner.
- 2017 EC Prize recipient, Daniel Kibet '19 project builds a sanitary facility at a primary school in Kapng'etik village in rural werstern Kenya to promote peaceful coexistence between community members and the local school. He received a glowing letter updating him, and us, about the results of the project on the community this year!
- 2016 Davis Prize recipient, Sonia Kabra '16 developed a project, "Sisterhood Peace Project," to address gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through grassroot initiative in Jalgaon, India. Read More →
- 2016 EC Prize recipients, Ananda Mishra '18 and Maniz Shrestha's '19 project entitled, "Wireless Education and Women's Empowerment for Rebuilding Bhimtar" aimed to establish a Ceter for E-Lerning (CEL) with computers, books, and an E-Library system at a local secondary school in Bhimtar, Nepal. Read More →
Any current Earlham student is eligible to apply for the Davis or Earlham Peace Projects. The application process begins in the Fall Semester of the academic year, with results given in mid Spring Semester. The selection committee may choose to 1 or 2 projects to award. Students will complete their projects during the summer months.