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Projects for Peace is pleased to announce its 2022 cohort of grantees. One hundred and twenty-nine projects from 85 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.

Refugee services, social division and cohesion, human rights, health and well-being, economic development, and access to equitable education are among the diverse issue areas grantees identified this year as critical to a more peaceful world. Interventions take the form of community-building events, skill-building workshops, information campaigns, art and design activities, innovative uses of technology, and documentary film-making, among others.

Since its founding in 2007, Projects for Peace has funded more than 1950 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 63 countries and 8 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 mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war.” In 2022 the administrative headquarters of the program moved from the Davis United World College Scholars Program, which had hosted the program for 15 years, to Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement. 

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

2022 Projects for Peace

Institution Project Lead Project Name
Amherst College Sage Innerarity K-12 Miwok Educational Modules
Bard College Elisabeth Sundberg Tracing The Turnrow Web: Appalachian Rising
Barnard College Eli Duncan Gelsenkirchen Healing Complex
Bates College Her Vang Peace Through Books and Health
Bennington College Ahwar Sultan Red, Green, and Blue: Migrant Labor in the Face of Climate Change in Maharashtra
Bennington College Elene Charkviani Elderly Home Care Service Website Amagi for the Republic of Georgia
Bowdoin College Bojana Drča Za Vazduh, Vodu, i Zemlju (For Air, Water, and Land)
Bowdoin College Usira Ali Towards a Safer Future: Ending FGM/C with Our Mothers
Brandeis University Sienna Bucu We Are Here: Engaging in Art for Resilience and Reclamation of Space
Brown University   Borderlands Community Learning School/ Escuelita Communitaria: The Effects of U.S. Immigration Policies on Experiences of Migrant Children
Bryn Mawr College Minolta Ndlovu YAKHA (means Build in Ndebele)
Bucknell University Kimseang Am Knowledge at your fingertips
Carleton College Georgie Mukeshimana Empowering Women through a Recreational Center
Claremont McKenna College Alessandra Villalon Finance Further Workshops: Promoting Financial Literacy in the Philippines
Clark University Ilaria Fiorenza Pintag Amaru:: Reconnecting Youth with Indigenous Stories through Arts-based Pedagogies Ecuador
Colby College Erica Lee FlippED Mentorship Program (Formerly Known As ERIDANUS)
Colby College Linh Dinh Transforming rural areas in Vietnam through waste management
Colgate University Ani Arzoumanian Epidemiology of Ambulance Calls in Rural Armenia
Colgate University Lucy Langan Indigenous Resistance in Upstate New York: An Anti-Colonial Field Trip Guide
College of Idaho Suely C. Soeiro She codes for peace – girl empowerment through coding
College of the Atlantic Taibatou Adamou Empower Women Entrepreneurs for Peace in Niger
Colorado College Fer Juárez Duran Moving the Needle: Conversations About Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention
Columbia University Ilina Logani Affinity, Advocacy, Activism: Spokane Youth of Color Coalition
Connecticut College Olivia Loo Addressing Anti-Asian Racism Perpetuated by the Coronavirus Pandemic Through Children’s Literature Programming
Cornell University Andrew Phiri The Hillz Project: Improving The Quality Of Education Through Developing A Reading Culture And Computer Literacy at Chilukusha Primary School
Dartmouth College Aadhya Kocha The impact of evolving technology in maintaining socialized cultural learning
Davidson College Frankline Edong’a Amani Youth Project
Davidson College Kimberley Tanatswa Muchenje Inspiring a generation of biotechnologists to combat the healthcare crisis and food insecurity in Zimbabwe
Denison University Joan Do-Truong Building Safe Communities: Empowering Young Asian American Women as Agents of Social Change
Earlham College Feven Naba Techiyalesh Initiative - Promoting Peace by Empowering Women in STEM Fields
Earlham College Wisdom Boinde Maaroŋ Initiative – National Peacebuilding with Education
Furman University Lia Paw Building Intercultural Peace in Greenville
Future Generations University Hari Basnet Working towards peaceful co-existence of humans and wildlife
George Washington University Emily Zhang Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents and their Families with Children’s Storybooks
Georgetown University Elena Sapelyuk Peace Books / «Книги Миру
Georgetown University Janeeta Shaukat Read Aloud with Kashmir
Gettysburg College Sokuntheary Heang Peacebuilding through Empowerment, Computer Literacy, and Khmer Rouge Education
Graduate Institute of International Studies/Geneva Lillian Robb Climate Change Adaptation and Human Movement in Western Australia: Partnering with Indigenous Australians Through Visual and Legal Mediums
Hamilton College Adam Valencia A Disarrayed Network: Coding Help and Resources for BIPOC Technologists
Harvard College Nosher Ali Khan Moving mountains with music
Hood College Jonathan Musubao Fight Poverty, Empower Rural Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
International House Ana Vasquez Puntos Solidarios: On Our Way to Sustainability
International House Aneeza Pervez Celebrating Diversity: Mitigating Conflict with Kindness
International House Astitva Jindal Humsafar (We are Together)
International House Carlos Amat Casas Teaching how to teach: Education to bring light to Honduras
International House César Leonardo Rojas Ángel Documentaries for reconciliation
International House Daniel Mansour The Lisbon Project
International House Difan Zhao Documentary Film - Elderly Chinese Immigrants in New York
International House Elina Georgiou Bi-Communal Musical Dialouges for Peace
International House Fabio Michel Hanna Stop Cyberbulling Now
International House Hercules Singh Munda Peacebuilding among Soo speakers through conservation of their Linguistic and Cultural Identity
International House Kuanyi Shen Marry for Love, not for Domestic Violence
International House Lineo Matlakala (Makhosi Ntsalong) Ending Gangsterism in Lesotho
International House Millicent Barty A Dami Guide to Democracy
International House Molly Nantongo Ntongo Skills4Peace: The light in the lives of youth in Ntawo
International House Nikita Burzanitsa Nurturing peace through music for war-affected children in Donetsk, Ukraine
International House Paola Nogales Ascarrunz Restore Peace with Nature
International House Peng Guan, Kyaw Tun Peace and Myanmar’s Civil War: A Social Media Campaign
International House Ram Itani, Sujan Shrestha Community Center to Empower the Youths of Rural Nepal
International House Yuxi (Jocelyn) Liu Bridging Divides Through Peace Education and Art Integration
International House Ariel Posner Davis to Ukrainian Crisis
Ithaca College Khangelani Mhlanga Project Imbizo: Preserving Zimbabwean Cultures
Kalamazoo College Darsalam Amir Human’s Right to Water
Lake Forest College Amanda Grassel Fighting the Stigma: Parkinson’s Disease
Lewis & Clark College José Manuel Maidana Cejas IMPACT.AR: Social Change, Community, and Resilience
Luther College Junita Sangare Empowering Young Women Through Sexual Reproductive Health Education
Macalester College Alice Bruno Silicia conSenso: Making Peace with Our Bodies by Teaching Consent
Macalester College Yosan Worota Fere (Seed) Project: Expanding Educational Access
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mohamed Mohamed CitizenTent: Empowering Bedouin Community with Digital Citizenship
Methodist University Mary Akoko Computer Literacy in Northern Uganda
Middlebury College Kevin Ntoni <code_gh>
Middlebury College Nhi Dang Bridging the Gap: Rural Education in Vietnam
Middlebury Institute of International Studies Femi Higgins Fostering Ethnic and Ethical Relationships (FREE) program
Middlebury Institute of International Studies Mohamed Ahmed Peace Story
New York University Sarah John Art & Agency
New York University Zara Gounden Clean Water and Sanitation at the Heart of Europe’s Migrant Crisis
Northwestern University Edwin Pokisa Amani ya Yaaku (Peace for the Yaaku)
Oberlin College Osama Abdelrahman TEDxYouth@ABIS
Occidental College Tzu Kit Chan Impact Squared [i²]
Pitzer College Kyle Greenspan Linking the Chain of Upward Mobility: Reducing Political Conflict in Thailand by Teaching Students How to Read Thai
Pomona College Valentina Liberman Cultural Summer: Gaining Entrepreneurship & Professional Skills
Princeton University Chioma Ugnowali A Celebration of Life as Resistance to Environmental Racism: Roots Community Festival
Princeton University Gustavo Blanco Quiroga Chacha emprende project
Randolph-Macon College Rithanya Saravanan Reducing Stress and Conflicts through Stress Relief Art Nooks and Art Classes.
Reed College Anoushka Goenka The “Poshan” Project
Ringling College of Art + Design Sam Siso Hussein Peace Initiative Project
Sarah Lawrence College Archie Villiers Ingram GrabGrants.com: The Free Grant Search Engine
Savannah College of Art & Design Javier Chau Chang Pedal Power Empowering Rural Communities in Guatemala
Savannah College of Art & Design Marialejandra Quevedo “Conecta Marap”: Driving Sustainable Development through Connection
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ameya Marie Okamoto Asian America, Fractured Identities and Finding Belonging in Service Work
Scripps College Sarah Meadows Creating Greater Opportunities for Accessibility, Teamwork, and Sustainability (GOATS) In a Rural Northern California Community
Skidmore College Novilhelha Moleni Creative Solutions for Sustainable Designs
Skidmore College Ntsetselelo Dlamini Reimagining STEM Education in Eswatini
Smith College Amrita Acharya Co-designing Public Space for the Unhoused with Manna Community Center
Smith College Juliana Makonise Digital Storytelling for Social ChangeProject Dates: 13 June 2022 –12 August 2022
St. John’s College Elena Hochheiser The Youth Peace Collective: Building Bridges from the U.S. to Israel-Palestine
St. Lawrence University Thao Nguyen Books for Peace
St. Lawrence University Zhuoer Li Empowering Social Actions: Peace Through the Synergy of Football and Dialogue
St. Olaf College Cristian A. Fernandez Chaguendo Peacebuilding in a Troubled Land: Developing a Robust Peace Education Program in Colombia’s Northern Cauca Region
Swarthmore College Sajid Kamal Online Freelancing: Eliminating Poverty in Bangladesh
Trinity College Daniel Santos Proyecto Turpial: Diasporic Youth Encounters
Trinity College Suzanne Carpe Elias Mental Health Training for Peace: Building an Online Platform to Educate Families of Mental Health Patients in El Salvador
Tufts University Leanne Loo Interpretation and Translation for Language Justice
Union College Abylay Aitkazy Language for Peace
Union College Delvin Takudzwa Marimo Inclusive Education
University of CA Berkeley Paulina Tarr Cultivating Peace and Community in West Oakland
University of Chicago Madeline (Indigo) Wright Abundans: Afrofuturist Visions of a Liberatory Future
University of Florida Osama Elbashir Algorer Rural Education STEM Initiative
University of Florida Teagan Milford Nurturing Nutrition in Nairobi
University of Michigan Athera Yakoo Lighting Up the Streets of Nineveh, Alqosh Sub-district, Iraq
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Aimee Yan Visibility Forward: Addressing Anti-AAPI Violence through Culturally Representative Education
University of Oklahoma Ibrahim Kondeh Education fɔ Wi ɔl (Education for Everyone)
University of Pennsylvania Yasmin Abdul Razak The Jendela Project: Community Integration & English Immersion for Rohingya Refugees
University of Richmond Amara Ugochukwu The Imu Ahia Project
University of Rochester Souleymane Diallo Stronger Together Initiative: A Three Steps Approach to Heal the Hearts, Empower Women & Youths, and Unite Guinea
Vassar College Christopher Unruh Island Migrant Rights Initiative
Vassar College Joram Bosire Maji safi, elimu bora: clean water for a better education
Wartburg College Soniya Sanam Tamang DAVIS Community Shower.
Wellesley College Laila Pearson Building a Sustainable Future
Wesleyan University Alice Ghislane Musabe Healing Through Poetry By Us
Wesleyan University Diana Kimojino Nailepu Girls’ Empowerment
Westminster College Fildaross Swai Nourished Minds
Wheaton College Chogyal Norbu Lungtenphu Community Center: Advancing the lives of youth in a Military Camp
Whitman College Joy Nina Nampaso The Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in the Maasai Tribe
Whitman College Stacy Mwangi Twaleta Mwasoma Literacy Project.
Williams College Chander Payne Urban Beet– “Connecting People and the Planet for the Healing of Both”
Williams College Himal Raj Pandey “Project Sapana (Dream)”- Digital education and socioeconomic mobility in rural Nepal: Educational bootcamp for underrepresented school students with apprenticeship-based job market exposure
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Martin Thulani Milanzi Education Meheba: Experiential STEM and Tertiary Education Support for Refugee Children in Meheba Refugee Settlement, Zambia
Yale University Nicole Li Investing in the Next Generation of Southern Changemakers