In April 2015, Nepal was hit by a powerful earthquake leading to more than 9,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in infrastructure. Several micro-hydropower plants, that provide power to the rural areas of Nepal that cannot be connected to the national electric grid due to extreme terrain, were destroyed too. To help with the rehabilitation in Nepal, the Nepalese students at Bucknell applied for the Projects for Peace grant to help restore one such power plant in Gorkha, Nepal, and successfully implemented the project in 2017.
This past summer, Ikmal Azman ’19 used his collaborative initiative, “Architects of Diversity”, which was supported by Projects for Peace grant, in his home country Malaysia to organize a camp to help teenagers from various racial, ethnic, religious and economic groups, to break apart the idea of social silos that have been created in the country because of ethnic tensions.
These are only a few examples of the summer projects that Bucknell students have accomplished through the Projects for Peace Grant. Projects for Peace is an initiative inspired by the late Kathryn W. Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, to design grassroots projects “to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace”.
If you are interested, drop-in to learn more about how to apply for “Projects for Peace for 2019” on November 14th from 9-10:30am in the ELC 45 space. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Please email email@example.com with questions.
For more info about the application process and to read past Bucknell Projects for Peace, please visit https://www.bucknell.edu/ProjectsForPeace.