Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC
Open to all UWC schools and colleges, and presented by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in partnership with UWC International, 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 recognises student projects designed to have meaningful impact – and provides one winning team each year 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.
Project proposals submitted to compete for AHP funding address a broad and diverse range of humanitarian issues identified in the vicinity of UWC schools and colleges, and often propose close collaborations with local communities.
In the 2017 AHP, after a highly competitive selection process, the project from UWC Robert Bosch College (in Germany) was announced as the winner. Thanks to generous donations from anonymous donors, however, the two other finalist teams, from Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (in Swaziland) and UWC Mahindra College (in India), also received €4,000 each towards the further development and funding of their respective projects.
In the second annual AHP which took place in June 2018, teams from UWC Mahindra College and Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa qualified yet again as finalists, along with a team from UWC Changshu China. In another fortunate turn of events, although UWC Changshu China's project was chosen as the winner of the $4,000 first place prize, the other two finalist projects were also each awarded $4,000 thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors.
More information about the 2018 AHP finalist projects can be found at the links below:
- UWC Changshu China: Project HOPE
- UWC Mahindra College: Amaavasya
- Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa: Mpaka Peers
The finalist teams in the 2018 AHP presented their projects to a panel of esteemed judges in Yerevan, Armenia, who then selected UWC Changshu China's Project HOPE as the year's winner during an event entitled "Galvanizing the World: Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges." Learn more about the final round of selections in the video below (originally posted on Facebook here):
UWC thanks the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative for their continued support of UWC students in their initiatives for meaningful change - helping them to put gratitude in action.
More information about the AHP, including profiles of the 2017 finalists and details on the 2018 application process, can be found in the below attached document.
Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity
Nominations for the 2019 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity are now open. Anyone can nominate a candidate they believe has overcome great personal challenges to make an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.
Previous laureates and nominees have included Rohingya lawyer and activist Kyaw Hla Aung, human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan and Dr. Tom Catena, the only surgeon in the Nuba Mountains of southern Sudan.
Further information about the nomination process and the Aurora Prize itself is available here.