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Vassar sophomore Trang Nguyen has been awarded a Davis Projects for Peace prize for a project to aid impoverished youth in Vietnam.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Vassar sophomore Trang Nguyen ’12 has been awarded a Davis United World College Scholars Davis Projects for Peace prize for her project entitled “Children and the Living Environment by the Red River.” Nguyen, a sociology major who is an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, is one of 100 students selected to receive $10,000 to conduct a project promoting peace this summer. She will work to improve the quality of life in an impoverished fishing village by the Red River in the Ba Dinh District of Vietnam by supporting and subsidizing an existing program known as the May 19th Shelter.
According to Nguyen, “The May 19th 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.” Nguyen hopes to revitalize the program, which has dwindling funds, by providing supplies, initiating workshops and training, and recruiting volunteers from the community. She says “In my opinion the most effective way to utilize the Davis fund over the 3-month summer to tackle this area’s issues is not to create something absolutely new but rather to enhance the shelter’s facilities, resume certain long ‘extinct’ activities, and gather public attention. In other words, the Davis fund will be a prompt dose of revival and restorative to May 19th Shelter.”
Now in its fourth year, 100 Projects for Peace is 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 try out their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century.
The Davis Projects for Peace are made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, who established this initiative upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 18, 2010