Aurora Humanitarian Project
Open to all UWC schools and colleges, and presented by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in partnership with UWC, the Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges (AHP) aims to encourage UWC students to engage in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and practical manner with current humanitarian issues affecting a community. The AHP recognizes student projects designed to have meaningful impact – and provides one winning team with a financial grant to further the development of their project.
The mission statements of the AHP are as follows:
- To encourage current UWC students to actively engage in humanitarian issues by creating an initiative addressing such issue on their own or by further developing an established student-led initiative.
- To encourage, support, and showcase student-driven projects from across UWC schools and colleges which address concrete humanitarian issues, and go even further by providing solutions through innovative and economically, socially and environmentally sustainable approaches.
15 of the 17 UWC schools and colleges participated in the first edition of the AHP in 2017. Their project proposals addressed a broad and diverse range of humanitarian issues identified in the vicinity of their schools and colleges and often proposed close collaborations with local communities. After a highly competitive selection process, UWC Robert Bosch College was announced as the winning team, although thanks to generous donations from anonymous donors, the two other finalists, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC and UWC Mahindra College, also received €4,000 each towards the further development and funding of their respective projects.
Current UWC students are encouraged to apply for the second annual AHP in early 2018, in which their projects will be competing for a prize of USD $4000. UWC alumni should also keep in mind that student projects will be looking for mentorship throughout this process - if you are willing and able to act as an alumni mentor for an AHP project, please reach out to current students via the UWC Hub.
UWC thanks the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative for their continued support of UWC students in their initiatives for meaningful change.
More information about the AHP, including profiles of past finalists as well as details on how to apply, can be found in the below attached document.