Xu and Xiao created Bucknell’s first service-learning trip to China
During the program, the group will visit schools, distribute the lamps, and teach students to create artwork illustrating how the lamps have inspired their education. This artwork will be displayed online and sold to sustain next year’s program.
This is the seventh year Bucknell has participated in the Projects for Peace program.
As a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school, Bucknell is invited to nominate student projects for the program.
Bucknell students have worked on providing clean drinking water in South America; establishing a sewing co-op in Guatemala; designing a water pumping station in Nicaragua; making a documentary about the plight of banana workers in Nicaragua; establishing a bicycle co-op for two villages in northern Uganda, a project that has become Bicycles Against Poverty.
Last year, two groups received funding to raise awareness of social problems in Puerto Rico and a government-funded healthcare program in Sierra Leone.
The Bucknell groups received an additional $10,000 grant last year in honor of the late Reverend James Richard Leo, a 1956 Bucknell graduate.
In its seventh year, the Projects for Peace program honors philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who launched the initiative on her 100th birthday in 2007.
Each of the 100 projects selected are designed to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century.
“I want to use my birthday to once again help young people launch some initiatives that will bring new energy and ideas to the prospects of peace in the world,” said Davis. “My many years have taught me that there will always be conflict. It’s part of human nature. But love, kindness, and support are also part of human nature, and my challenge to these young people is to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war.”
A complete list of the participating schools and projects, as well as a summary of all previous projects and a video interview with Davis from 2006, is available on the program’s website at www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.