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Two L&C Groups Win 100 Projects for Peace!

March 14, 2011

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Two Lewis & Clark student groups each won $10,000 awards as part of this year’s 100 Projects for Peace initiative sponsored by the family of Katheryn Wasserman Davis.  This is the first time that Lewis & Clark College students have won two of the awards in the national competition.

Selam “Brook” Mentire ’11, Leah Scott-Zechlin ’11, Mihret Teklemichael ’12, Temesghen Habte ’12, and Seile Alemayehu ’13 teamed up to submit an excellent, well-written proposal titled “Drilling Well, Providing Clean Water and Promoting Peace in Borena, Ethiopia.”  The students, three of whom are Davis UWC Scholars from Ethiopia, plan to travel to Borena, Ethiopia this summer to construct a well and conduct a four-day workshop to educate the villagers, many from different tribes, about the lasting impact of violence and the many peaceful alternatives with which they can solve conflicts.

Almost all of the $10,000 funding for the project will go towards drilling the well and conducting workshops.  The students are currently raising additional funds—through solicitations, dinners, and other projects—to ensure that all members of the team can travel to Ethiopia and coordinate the project.

Samantha Stein ’11, a participant in Lewis & Clark’s overseas program in Morocco, submitted her well-conceived proposal from abroad and with the support of 17 Lewis & Clark student volunteers.  Stein’s proposal is titled:  “Tools for Tolerance:  Human Rights Education in Casablanca, Morocco.”  Stein and her team of Lewis & Clark volunteers will work with the Hay Mohammadi Ministry of Education and the Morocco Geneva Alliance for Human Rights to establish a human rights cultural center in Casablanca.

The work for both projects will be conducted during the summer of 2011.

This year students from ninety-two colleges and universities applied for and received one of the $10,000 100 Projects for Peace grants.  Only ten universities received two grants each.  In addition to Lewis & Clark, the other nine schools include Amherst, Bucknell, Colby, Dartmouth, Haverford, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Chicago, and Yale.

Congratulations to our Lewis & Clark students and grant winners!