GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College student Ami Shrestha will implement an international peace project this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award through Davis Projects for Peace. Davis Projects for Peace are funded by internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who committed $1 million to fund grassroots projects through a competition on 74 college and university campuses.
Shrestha, a first-year student from Kathmandu, Nepal, will spend two months this summer working to improve the education of children in the mountains of Nepal. The Pal Ewam Namgyal School serves 48 students from poverty-stricken families and proves them with a traditional Tibetan Buddhist education as well as a modern one. Shrestha will assist with purchasing furniture such as beds, desks, chairs, and blackboards for the school’s two buildings as well as provide curricular support in teacher training and expand the school to add a fifth grade.
The project involves international travel and distribution of education materials and presentations in the project country during summer 2010, as well as a campus presentation when Shrestha returns from her international experience. The Davis Projects are designed to encourage and support motivated college students to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world.
Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.