US Ambassador to Zimbabwe visits Chiedza

July 25th, 2012

US Ambassador Charles Ray visited with the youth group who are participating in “the Pads Project”.  Brandeis alums Kayla Dinces and Lena Morrison, who brought the “Pads Project to Zimbabwe, had the opportunity to meet with the Ambassador in Chiedza, where they are working.  Kayla and Lena will be helping some of the older students with their English language skills.

The English classes are highlighted on the US Embassy website.

We’ll keep you posted on their exciting journey.

Artsbridge is here at Brandeis

July 18th, 2012

Students and staff from Artsbridge will be living on campus for the next few weeks.  The group of high school students includes Israelis, Palestinians and Americans.  These students will work together on group art projects.  The projects provide  a vehicle for collaboration and communication between the students.  To learn more about Artsbridge read the Boston Globe.




Classes begin on August 30th

July 16th, 2012

Enjoy the beautiful weather.  Classes begin on August 30th.

News from Zimbabwe

July 11th, 2012

Kayla Dinces and Lena Morrison, this year’s winners of the Davis Peace Prize for Brandeis, are busy at work in Zimbabwe.  The two have started a blog to keep us posted on their journey.  Check in on them at  Kayla and Lena are meeting with the young women they plan to work with.


The kids rehearsing for their drama performance.


Kayla and Lena will show the women how to make reusable sanitary pads.  The young women, who have little or no access to sanitary pads, will soon be able to make pads for themselves as well as begin to produce pads which they will sell to others.  It is a very exciting project!  We will keep you posted.

Below are some of the highlights from Lena and Kayla.

“It was so great to learn how to make the pads ourselves, we are so excited about the prospect of sharing it with the girls here at Chiedza next week.”


“We arrived at Chiedza only three days ago, but it feels a bit like a lifetime ago, as the sights and sounds of this bustling place have surrounded us, the dry earth and pounding sun in the daytime, the chilly evenings, (it is winter here in Zimbabwe) and warmth of all the people we have met.”