Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Amani Kupitia Ujasiriamali: Peace through Entrepreneurship in the United Republic of Tanzania

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University of Rochester
  • Joyceline Marealle
  • Eve Marealle
  • Kapmbwe Chalwe

In Tanzania, children who can’t complete their education, either because they did not pass their primary school exam or because they can’t pay school fees, often become victims of child labor and end up overworked, unpaid, and abused. The situation is especially dire for young girls who work as domestic help and are at a higher risk of sexual abuse. Joyceline Marealle, Eve Marealle, and Kapambwe Chalwe of the University of R

ochester undertook the project to establish peace through entrepreneurship. In partnership with New Hope for Girls and Greenhouse International, they built a greenhouse to help support girls who are vulnerable to and victims of abuse.

The greenhouse will give the girls farming experience and provide an alternative to hostile work environments, while sales of the crops will be used to pay school fees. The long-term goal is to educate all of the girls at New Hope for Girls, assist them in careers, and break the cycle of child abuse.

“The first time I set my eyes on the greenhouse building, the 1,400 bags of ginger and the drip irrigation system, I realized how the project that was once on paper was going to impact many lives,” Eve writes.

“As I walked across the established greenhouse farm, I couldn’t help but feel gratified to see our vision come to fulfillment,” Joyceline writes. “It epitomizes how hope and peace can be restored to society.”

“There is hope for humanity if people who are fortunate feel compelled to empower people who are economically disadvantaged and have no means of having a voice,” they write.