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Announcing the 2023 Projects for Peace Cohort

Projects for Peace is pleased to announce its 2023 cohort of grantees. One hundred and twenty-six projects from ninety-two partner institutions were selected.

The student leaders of each project will receive $10,000 in funds to pursue innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. Most projects will be implemented between June and September this year.

Education, health and well-being, social cohesion, and cultural preservation are among the diverse issue areas grantees identified this year as critical to a more peaceful world.

Interventions take the form of coalition-building, documentary and reporting, educational enrichment, sports and play activities, and technology innovations, among others. About half of the Projects for Peace focus on youth development.

Since its founding in 2007, Projects for Peace has funded more than 2,000 projects. Projects are nominated by partner colleges and universities, often working from criteria specific to their institution’s priorities.

Projects may take place anywhere in the world and may be led by an individual or by a group of students. This summer Projects for Peace will take place in more than 67 countries and 21 different U.S. states. 

Projects for Peace was founded by Kathryn W. Davis, who celebrated her 100th birthday by supporting 100 Projects for Peace, designed “to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war.” 

Below, please find a complete list of the nominating institutions, project titles, and project locations. Join us in congratulating the remarkable student leaders who have chosen to commit their summer to the cause of peace.

2023 Projects for Peace

Partner Institution Project Title Project Location
Amherst College Representation of Intergenerational Trauma: Narratives of Second Generation Nuclear Victims Multiple: United States, Japan
Bard College Train Track to Right Track: Supporting Bangladeshis who call the Railway Tracks their Home Bangladesh
Barnard College Project Access: Wisconsin United States
Barnard College They Never Told Us These Things Japan
Bates College Angaza Dada: Improved Access to Menstrual Health and Mentorship for Young Girls Kenya
Bennington College AudioCane: Promoting Social Justice for Visually Impaired Students in Bangladesh through Education and Sustainable Infrastructure Bangladesh
Bowdoin College Take Care Initiative: Exploring Kinship Through Poetry: How A Fluid Definition of Family May Save Lives United States
Brandeis University Stewarding Sustainable Relationships Between Rural Midwestern Communities and the Soil in the Era of Climate Change United States
Brown University Moving the Needle: Community-Focused Harm Reduction Education in Tampa, FL United States
Brown University Together We Can Fight Generational Poverty: Chara Chimwe Hachitswanyi Inda Zimbabwe
Bryn Mawr College Preserving History and Lives: Stories of the Chinese in America United States
Bucknell University Community Led Toilet Sanitation Project Liberia
Carleton College Artists for a Reconciled Cambodia (ARC) Cambodia
Case Western Reserve University Improving Quality of Life for Young Tibetan Refugees India
Claremont McKenna College Spotlight: Amplifying Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Namibia Namibia
Clark University Students Helping Hands United States
Colby College Effective and Respectful Communication with Older Adults: Promoting a Culture of Care and Understanding United States
Colgate University What are the Limitations of Free Speech? Identifying and Mitigating Emerging Conflict Multiple: Netherlands, France, Belgium
College of Idaho Enhancing the Education Environment and Empowering Orphans in Hisor Tajikistan
College of the Atlantic Emotional Education for Children Exposed to Poverty and Living in Communities Vulnerable to Violence at the Mexico-United States Border Mexico
Colorado College Painting for Peace: Art Workshops in Salvador, Brazil Brazil
Columbia University Peace Through Nuclear Disarmament Albania
Concordia College Girls’ Empowerment Through Computer Literacy Sierra Leone
Concordia College Tsapi Food Bank: A Solution to the Food Crisis in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Connecticut College Peace of mind and peace on land: Education for Ukrainian refugee children Multiple: Ukraine, Austria
Cornell University Live it, Learn it Uganda
Dartmouth College Indigenous language learning support for Krenak youth Brazil
Dartmouth College JEKA: The Future is Bright: Empowering Zimbabwe’s Youth to Thrive, Substance-Free Zimbabwe
Davidson College Growing Futures: Agricultural Empowerment for Hosanna Children’s Home Kenya
Denison University Indigenizing Pedagogy: A Freedom Concept for Harsukh School Pakistan
Duke University Building Hope Through Education, Service, and Construction Uganda
Earlham College Climate Change Education in Primary Schools with Workshops, India
Franklin & Marshall College From the Branches: A step towards uplifting the life of Madheshi waste entrepreneurs Nepal
Future Generations University Community Peace Building Between Minority Community and Major Community in Mehalmeda Town, Ethiopia Ethiopia
George Washington University Re-Cycle Multiple: Puerto Rico, United States
Georgetown University Samajasathi Khel (Sports to Community) India
Gettysburg College Bridging the Digital Divide: Empowering Rural Students Through Digital Literacy & Online Education Bangladesh
Graduate Institute of International Studies/Geneva Empowering young Nepali girls through mountain hiking and environmental and cultural education Nepal
Graduate Institute of International Studies/Geneva Prevention of Herders-Farmers Conflicts through Mushroom production as an interest converging livelihood in five (05) villages of Ouinhi in Benin Benin
Harvard College Program Youth Leaders in Peacebuilding: Diminishing School Violence in Brazil Brazil
Harvard College The Next Ones Up Initiative: Mentorship for Community Reform United States
Hood College Dala’s Village Grocery Store for Stability and Peace Thailand
International Christian University Achieving Food Sovereignty in Fukushima through Anthropological and Artistic Approaches* Japan
International Christian University Peacebuilding through the Story of Reconciliation* Multiple: Japan, United Kingdom
International House Community Ambassadors (Embajadores Comunitarios) Venezuela
International House Community Kitchen for Peace: Using Food to Strengthen Bonds and Build Sustainable Livelihoods Lebanon
International House Cooperative Videographic Campaign New York
International House Creating Safe Spaces for Victims of GBV in Nepal Nepal
International House Digital Environment as a Medium for National and International Peace Romania
International House Foundations of Peacebuilding, Empowerment and Political Education: Building a Voice for Indigenous Women in Areas Most Impacted by the Boko Haram Insurgency Nigeria
International House Gardening Community After Conflict Colombia
International House History Lab Asia Singapore
International House Hygiene & Sanitation4Peace at Kigungu Landing Site - Entebbe Uganda Uganda
International House Innovators of Tomorrow: Digital Literacy & Mentorship for Peace Ghana
International House Kheowali Center for Shanti India
International House Life, Peace, Freedom: Art for Iran Canada
International House Peace 101: Learnings from Grassroot Innovation Colombia
International House Project Aizdahar Lebanon
International House Psychologists Against Structural Violence: Reimagining Psychology Through a Reparative Lens Virtual
International House Reimagining Inequalities: Improbable Dialogues in Colombia Colombia
International House Tertulias: A Place to Grow, Share, and Transform your Challenges into the Best Story England
International House The Nigerian-ly Speaking Project/Collective Nigeria
International House Water and Peace Venezuela
International House Zine-making in Tokyo’s Book Club Community Japan
Kalamazoo College Engage Not Disrupt Nigeria
Lake Forest College Addressing Healthcare Disparities of Chicagoland Rohingya Refugees United States
Lehigh University Mothers of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Lewis & Clark College Kuganira Health Project Proposal Rwanda
Luther College Pursuing Peace Through Advancing Women Religious’ Leadership in Ambulatory Care Vietnam
Macalester College Seeds of Peace: Fighting Racism in Rio de Janeiro by Empowering Public School Teachers Brazil
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Project Manus Haiti
Methodist University Green Sand: In Support of Refugee Children at Hope School Western Sahara Algeria
Methodist University Project Sowa: Optimization of Healthcare Delivery in Pemagatshel, Bhutan Bhutan
Middlebury College Arts Integration for Social-Environmental Transformation of Wetland Communities Chile
Middlebury Institute of International Studies Awaz Chitrako “Voices of Photo” Nepal
Mount Holyoke College Lift Youth Voice Through Song and Dance Puerto Rico
New York University Academic Resource Center Nepal
New York University Improved Food Accessibility for Low-Income Communities United States
Northwestern University Oasis Detroit: A Communal Approach to Life in a Food Desert United States
Oberlin College African graffiti as a driver for change Zambia
Occidental College Not to Inform Us, But to Move Us: The Farm Security Agency Photos Revisited United States
Pitzer College Youth Health Education to Empower and Protect United States
Pomona College Sin Limites: A Summer Program for Latinx Youth in Norman United States
Princeton University Musical Notes: A Composition of Peace Mexico
Reed College Food Security Through Decentralized Neighborhood Farming United States
Ringling College of Art + Design “El Lugarcito”: A Better Future Through Community Building and Learning Argentina
Ringling College of Art + Design The Venezuelan Queer Oral History Project Venezuela
Sarah Lawrence College Find X: Creating Common Ground through the Written Word United States
Savannah College of Art & Design “Turtles Targeting Traps”: Achieving Coexistence With Nature Peru
School of the Art Institute of Chicago City in a Garden - Gardens in 12 Chicago Neighborhoods United States
Scripps College Cultivating Community Science and Clean Water in Bangkok, Thailand Thailand
Skidmore College EcoGhardens: Growing Food for Economic Sustainability Ghana
Smith College Effect + : Ger District SDG Warriors Mongolia
Smith College Kolinvai Junior High School Renovation Project Ghana
St. John’s College Autism Awareness Society Kyrgyzstan
St. Lawrence University Bridge to Equality through Exposure Jamaica
St. Olaf College Beyond our own Borders Multiple: Ecuador, Colombia
Swarthmore College Growing Food, Growing Communities, and Growing Hope (G3) for Peace. Cameroon
Trinity College DiliKar: a light industry training and capacity-building center for Artsakh Refugees Armenia
Tufts University Pilot Test Health Passport to Improve Oral Health, Malnutrition, Food Insecurity in Rural Rwanda Rwanda
Union College Energy for Peace Poland
University of Chicago One Goal: Promoting Peace through Soccer in Rio de Janeiro’s Morro dos Macacos Neighborhood Brazil
University of Florida Water for Phoolbari, Nepal Nepal
University of Maine Mission of Hope. Kisumu, Kenya Kenya
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Afghan Women’s Group: Using Craft for Social and Emotional Healing for Displaced Women United States
University of Oklahoma Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: The Mobile Bilingual Library Colombia
University of Oklahoma Peace Through Crafts: Developing a Needlework Training Program and a Business Start Up to Help Syrian Female Refugee Workers in Lebanon Lebanon
University of Pennsylvania Saving Mothers and Babies: Launching Maternal and Child Health Education in Ugandan Villages Uganda
University of Richmond Human Trafficking Prevention Program Cambodia
University of Richmond Predator Peace Lights Kenya
University of Rochester AILEM: A Language App for Peace United States
University of Virginia Empowering Turkish Youth Through STEM Makerspaces Turkey
Vassar College One Book, More Legacies Burundi
Vassar College Wu-Tang Nigeria
Wartburg College Ending Period Poverty Zambia
Washington & Lee University Lishe Learners & Leaders: Developing Nutrition Education Through Primary School Gardens in Tanzania Tanzania
Wellesley College Our Voice as Light (OVAL) Nigeria
Wesleyan University Rwanda Youth Tech Informants (RYTI) Project Rwanda
Westminster College Bomani Goes Blue Tanzania
Wheaton College The Soil Under Our Feet El Salvador
Whitman College The Period Project Nepal
Williams College It takes a Village: Fostering Youth Educational Development in Little Haiti United States
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Empowering immigrant voices in the fight for the environment United States
Yale University Florece: Combating Menstrual Inequity Honduras
Yale University Re Tsoga (we rise up) Community Workshops: Supporting the brain development of children in Limpopo crèches through empowering early educators and fostering community dialogue South Africa

*Funded by the Middlebury College Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation.