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Scouts Promote Peace and Unity in Nepal

Watching from afar as her home country of Nepal, the world’s newest republic, struggled to form a constitution amid rising stresses relating to diversity, Middlebury College student Dristy Shrestha used her grant from Projects for Peace to set an example of collaboration and tolerance by organizing a nationwide camp of Nepalese Scouts in Kathmandu. Run with help from the national scouting organization, the camp drew almost 600 scouts and scoutmasters from throughout the country, was opened by Nepal’s president, and was covered by the national media.

“I don’t think a four-day camp brought peace and unity — but I know everyone it touched did learn about peace and unity,” Dristy reflected. “I wanted to bring the issue up, and I think the camp did.”

This was a Project for Peace.