Trang Nguyen ‘12 has been awarded the Davis United World College Scholars Davis Projects for Peace prize for her project entitled
"CHILDREN AND THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT BY THE RED RIVER"
"Phuc Xa ward of Ba Dinh district (Hanoi) is located by the dyke of the Red River, the major river of the Northern Delta of Vietnam (widely known as the Red River Delta) flowing to the South China Sea. Riverside residents and "fishing" villagers rarely find permanent employment, constantly use untreated water (including river water) and have their "houses" surrounded by their own garbage whose rotten smell pervades the air. Most of the children here cannot afford schooling, many become retarded due to malnutrition... May 19 Shelter of the Ba Dinh District People's Committee, established in 1993, is a model of self-mobilization that aims to nurture and educate orphans, homeless children and children living under the poverty line locally"
Trang's hope is to to enhance the shelter's facilities, resume certain long "extinct" activities and gather public attention for the May 19 Shelter.
100 Projects for Peace an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2010. Through a competition on over 85 campuses, 100 projects were selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century.