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Fallon Chipidza '10 Awarded Davis Project for Peace Grant

She'll Use $10,000 Grant to Establish Self-Sustainable Chicken Project in Zimbabwe

Posted April 2, 2008
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Fallon Chipidza '10 has been awarded a Davis Project for Peace program grant of $10,000, which she will use to establish a self-sustainable chicken project at a preschool in Zimbabwe.

The Davis Project for Peace program, in its second year, honors philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who launched the initiative on the occasion of the 100th birthday in 2007. Designed to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century, each of the 100 projects selected will receive $10,000 in funding.

Chipidza's project, titled "A Hundred and Fifty-Six Children" is to initiate a self-sustainable chicken project at St. Theresa in Zimbabwe. St. Theresa is a Catholic-based preschool run by four women and is home to 156 orphans. The survival of the school depends entirely on donations from members of St. Theresa's Church. Some of the children are old enough to be in third grade, but have no education past the preschool level.

With the funding from her award Chipidza intends to commence the building of a chicken run and buy the first batch of chicks. Income from the sale of the eggs from this and subsequent batches of chickens that will be bought will be used to pay for the orphans' school fees. More than 30 children will start first grade in January 2009.

Chipidza says that sending these children to school will guarantee a better future for them. "By empowering these children with education, tomorrow's future leaders will be made," she wrote in her proposal. She and a group of volunteers will build the chicken run that holds at least 700 chickens. Once the run has been built she will procure chickens to start the project. Nyatsime College, a boarding school located in Chitungwiza, plans to purchase the eggs from St. Theresa once the project is underway.

An economics and biochemistry major, Chipidza hopes to pursue a career in medicine and advocate for better public health in underprivileged communities after graduating from Hamilton. She grew up in Chitungwiza and her family still lives there. Chipidza will work on this project when she returns home to Zimbabwe for the summer. 

Davis Projects for Peace invited students from schools participating in the Davis United World College Scholars program to submit plans for grassroots projects for peace, to be implemented this summer. A competition for the funding took place on 81 of the 88 campuses in the UWC Scholars program, which provides grants to select American colleges and universities in support of students from all over the world who have completed their pre-university studies at UWC schools. Students who won the awards will travel to more than 54 countries over the summer to work on their projects and report on their experiences when they return.

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