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Residents Projects For Peace

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For the fourth year in a row, a generous grant from I-House New York alumna Kathryn Wasserman Davis has provided $10,000 grants to Berkeley I-House residents to implement "Peace Projects" of their own design around the world. Ms. Davis met her husband, the late Ambassador Shelby Cullom Davis, at I-House New York and began a tradition in 2007, as she turned 100 years old, of providing $1M annually through $10K grants to 100 students. She has renewed the project each year since and, with the gracious facilitation of I-House NY, a dozen I-House Berkeley projects have since been implemented.

Lisa Fleming Lisa Fleming rides a motorcycle with two Sri Lankan girls during her Davis Peace Project implementation, which included going to schools to talk about recycling and waste management.
Lisa Fleming

Andrew Stokols and Sri Lankan residents on the beach. Part of Stokols' Davis Peace Project was teaching farmers to use geographic information systems to better monitor their crop yield.

In 2011, Lisa Fleming and Andrew Stokols presented results of their Sri Lanka-based projects at an I-House Sunday Supper on October 9th. Fleming, an environmental science major, and Stokols, a city planning major, teamed up to spread the word on environmentally conscious management in Sri Lanka. "We used part of our grant funds to help the [Sewalanka] Center buy waste bins to separate their waste into green, plastic and other types," Fleming said. "Also, the Sewalanka Islander Center brings Tamil and Sinhala students… together from around the island so the project involved teaching these students together about sustainable development."

The second I-House resident awarded Davis Peace Project grant money was Arravind Unni, whose mobile library for peace brought books and used storytelling as a way to promote hygiene, health and communal harmony while combating illiteracy in the Dharavi slum of Mumbai, India. Additional awards for 2012 and submissions for the coming year are pending review, with announcements of projects anticipated in the Spring I-House Times.