Student Wins Grant to Aid Displaced Women in Uganda

March 17, 2009

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Benjamin Bechtolsheim ’09, on his student fellowship in Uganda during summer 2008

Benjamin Bechtolsheim ’09 has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace for a project in Northern Uganda, the site of a 20-year civil war that has resulted in massive population displacement.

Bechtolsheim will work this summer with Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), a locally based and run NGO, to support displaced women with HIV/AIDS and survivors of gender-based violence living in resettlement villages in Northern Uganda. The project aims to improve the medical and laboratory capacity of RHU and to train group leaders in the villages to guide support groups and education councils.

As a recipient of a 2008 Ethics Center Student Fellowship (now called the Sorensen Fellowship), Bechtolsheim last year worked with RHU to help internally displaced persons as they transition from camps to permanent housing.

In its third year, Davis Projects for Peace honors philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who launched the initiative on the occasion of her 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, the program funds 100 projects a year for a total of $1 million. For more information, see http://davisprojectsforpeace.org/.