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Davis Projects for Peace 2015

Davis Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace is an initiative inspired by the late Kathryn W. Davis. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2007, Mrs. Davis chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace with the objective to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace. Since 2008, 17 Davis Projects for Peace Awards have been granted to I-House Berkeley residents, including this year’s recipients highlighted below. Previously, only I-House residents were eligible for a Projects for Peace Award administered by I-House Berkeley.This year the Projects for Peace program expanded to provide an additional competition among all UC Berkeley undergraduates for these prestigious grants.

Congratulations to the

2015 Davis Projects for Peace Winners!

International House Resident Award Winners

Participants: Diana Quelhas (Mozambique) Samuel Fernandes (Australia)

Project Title: Solar Energy for Community School in Mozambique

Synopsis: The project is to provide solar energy to a community school in rural Mozambique to improve the studying conditions for children and adults as well as to provide an energy charging room for parents and other villagers with no energy at home. Specifically, funds from this grant would support the installation of a solar energy system for a school situated in an area with no access to the national electricity grid. In addition, we propose to organize a seminar inviting an expert speaker to raise awareness about renewable and clean energies using this school as an example to university and school students and teachers, and local community so that they appreciate the project’s potential and become engaged in advocating for more sustainable alternatives to energy sources.


Participant: Patricie Uwase Mavubi (Rwanda)

Project title:  Women’s Leadership Mentoring Camp in Rwanda

Synopsis: Twenty years after the genocide that claimed approximately one million lives in Rwanda, Rwandan women hold an unprecedented 64 percent of seats in Rwanda’s parliament, a parliament with highest female majority in the world. However, in Rwanda, there remains a big gap between the older generation of women leaders and the younger generation. The mentoring camp would be an opportunity for the two generations to connect, mentor, and inspire each other, so as to keep the momentum of women’s participation in peace building. I hope to create an inspiring environment where more accomplished women leaders mentor younger women.


UC Berkeley Undergraduate Campus-wide Student Award Winner

Participant: Kasandra Kachakji (USA)

Project Title: Capoeira Para Todos: Developing Local Female Trainers to Support Psychosocial Well-being in an Azraq Refugee Camp.




For questions about the I-House competition, contact the Program Office at (510) 642-9460 or ihprograms@berkeley.edu.