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A Better Deal for Female Coffee Growers

“Women own 25% of the world’s coffee farms and make up 70% of the workforce in the coffee-growing process,” writes Abhinav Khanal (Nepal, Pearson UWC, Earlham ’16). 

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Making an Impact with Affordable Ingenuity

One good example of what excites Marta Manzin (Italy, UWC in Mostar, MIT ’19) about her work at MIT’s Little Devices Lab is the water- and blood-testing device she helped to make that’s built into a stapler.

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Helping Africa’s Youth Find Answers

While he was earning a 2014 master’s degree in teaching at Smith College, Mopati Morake (Botswana, Li Po Chun UWC, Williams ’11) mentored inner-city youth in Springfield, Mass. 

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Educating Young People for a More Equitable Future

Hans Cabra (Colombia, UWC Red Cross Nordic 2003-2005) has dedicated his life and work to creating educational opportunities for youth, promoting social justice and equal opportunity for all. Growing up in Bogotá, he never imagined his life would take him to some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world, where he would learn how to best serve his home community and others like it.

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Growing a New Market for Farm Produce

At College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Anita van Dam ’19 (Netherlands, UWC Maastricht) has dug as deep into food issues as a student can, taking almost every related course.

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Helping to Unite the UWC Community

After graduating from the University of Florida in 2012, Muchanga Mudenda moved to Lyon, France to work as an intern for LafargeHolcim, a multinational manufacturer of building materials.

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"Advocating for What Is Right"

When Nouha Ezouhri interned last summer in the office of the Lake County state’s attorney, she observed the impact lawyers can have on people and families.

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Waste Not — Josephine Liang ’14 Gives Day Old Food New Value

On Josephine Liang’s first day at UWC Mahindra College in India, she opened the school handbook to find a statistic on the first page that would stick with her for more than a decade. The cost of one semester at UWC, the handbook explained, could fund the education of 40 school children in the local area.

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Role model of today’s generation

With courage and persistence, Suos Imsouchivy continues to achieve his goals – from being a young boy wearing faded uniforms to being the deputy chief of Asean Office of the Department of Asia and Pacific under the Directorate General for International Trade, Ministry of Commerce. 

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The Heart of a Young Entrepreneur

Growing up in southeastern Nigeria, Onyemauchechukw Justice Nwigwe (UWC-USA, St. Olaf ’18) looked up to his grandfather, a businessman and farmer. 

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Digital Collaboration for African Development

After she wrote her master’s thesis at UC Berkeley on job creation through technology in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, Christina Gossmann worked from 2014-16 for Digital Divide Data, a U.S. social enterprise with an office in Kenya.

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Building Creativity, Brick by Brick

When she was 11 years old, Leisan Garifullina (Russia, UWC of South East Asia, Pomona ’20) says she realized “I was not creative enough.” 

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Taking on Political Risk in Venezuela

With her political science degree from Northwestern, Isabella Picón ’12 (Venezuela, UWC Adriatic) plunged into her country’s turbulent politics.

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A "Global Ambassador" on Campus

When Amar Granulo (Bosnia-Herzegovina, UWC in Mostar, Hood ’19) wanted to organize a Red Cross Club at Hood last year, he had to explain to some American friends why this particular nonprofit mattered in his life. 

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Easing the Path for Fellow Internationals

Coming to a U.S. college can bring big challenges for international students. Many struggle, especially in their first year, with stresses that can range from isolation to financial and visa uncertainties. 

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Climbing the Ladder, with Eyes on Iraq

“I honestly have no idea where I would be today if it were not for the UWC opportunity,” writes Ameen Amin (Iraq/Germany, UWC in Mostar, Westminster ’13). 

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Bringing the Data Revolution to Africa

Millions of micro-sized businesses in sub-Saharan Africa keep informal records, or none at all — but nearly all have smart phones. That’s where Ogugu comes in.

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A Robotics Engineer with a Passion Project

As an engineer and a researcher working on modular robots at the University of Pennsylvania, “I am helping develop a novel, low-cost, high weight-to-strength ratio and high-extension arm,” reports Thulani Tsabedze.

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A New Family Works for Broader Opportunity

They both grew up in Ethiopia, but Seile Aleyamehu first met Brook Mentire when she was a first-year student and he was a junior at their Portland, Oregon college. 

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A Duo's Catchy Music Energizes Fans

The duo Sofi Tukker — with Sophie Hawley-Weld (USA, UWC Adriatic) and Tucker Halpern — is setting the festival circuit alight with engaging energy and a distinctive, eclectic style.

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Covering Conflict, with Compassion

Earlier this year, Ediz Tiyansan (Turkey, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Dartmouth ’09) returned to the U.S. for the first time since his college graduation — this time as White House correspondent for TRT World.

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Stepping Up for the World's Refugees

“Growing up in Afghanistan around a lot of people in difficult circumstances, I have been brought up to care for others, especially those who are vulnerable,” writes Rahila Muhibi (Pearson UWC, Methodist ’09). 

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A Grassroots Boost for African Farmers

Daniel Kibet (Kenya, Pearson UWC, Earlham ’19) figures he has planted more than 10,000 trees. He’s been doing it with his father, a specialist in farm irrigation, since he was a small boy. 

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An Acclaimed Conductor on a Global Stage

“In late 2014, Elim Chan [Hong Kong, Li Po Chun UWC, Smith ’09] ascended the podium as a contestant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition,” the Smith Alumni Quarterly reported last spring. “By the time she lowered her baton in the final round, she had bested 225 competitors to become the first woman to win the competition in its 25-year history.”

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How Catastrophe Led to a Life's Purpose

It’s impossible to describe in a paragraph everything Tomás Álvarez Belón (Spain, UWC Atlantic, Georgetown ’18) has accomplished in college. Still, it’s worth a try.

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Cultivating New Solutions in South Africa

The winner of Amherst College’s first Nelson Mandela Scholarship, M. Ayanda Bam ’10 (South Africa, UWC Adriatic) traveled home after graduation to work as a senior manager on the Infrastructure and Climate Change Team for Adam Smith International, a London-based foreign-aid contractor.

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Alumnus Selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar

A 2017 graduate of Middlebury College, Mohamed Hussein, has been named a Knight-Hennessy scholar – one of 49 individuals selected to receive full funding to pursue a graduate degree from Stanford University.

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