As a Louis Dreyfus Scholar, I was offered a chance to visit one the projects supported by the Foundation. Choosing one was a difficult task, as the Louis Dreyfus Foundation’s footprint in supporting local communities was spread far and wide on the World Map- from my native province in India to South America, from Mongolia in Asia to many countries in Africa. I finally zeroed in on the Biogas project in Rwanda only to realise that I could also visit the project’s Head Quarters (HQ) in Kenya. So I clubbed my visit to both countries in my week-long sojourn to East Africa.
From May 26th – May 28th, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar Abhijay Negi attended the 2017 Global Scholars Symposium in Cambridge. The Global Scholars Symposium (GSS) is an annual four-day event that seeks to connect, inspire, and challenge postgraduate students in the UK. Founded in 2008, GSS brings together some of the world’s most accomplished and promising scholars to connect with remarkable global leaders in a focused setting. He shares his experiences below.
On Tuesday 20th February 2017 two WHT scholars, Onthatile Serehete and Claire Keene, both medical doctors and MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine students had the rare opportunity to present to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & NTDs at the Houses of Parliament.
Abigail’s original pro bono project was to provide reusable sanitary pads for schoolgirls in Masvingo Province. A study in 2013 found that 72% of girls in the province did not use pads, with the effect of decreasing their school attendance rate and even causing them to drop out of school. With the help of Uganda-based NGO AfriPad, she visited Rambamai School to donate the pads and train girls on how to use them. When she arrived, she realised that the problems faced by the girls were even bigger than she had imagined, with many of them lacking even underwear. Abigail has prolonged her stay at the school to arrange additional donations of clothes for the girls to enable them to continue their education.
After our exciting Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Trump Inaugural Debate, we bring you an account of the evening by WHT Scholar, and the debate’s moderator, Atherton Mutombwera. If you would like to catch up on the evening’s events, a video of the debate can be found here and a video of the Q&A session here.
Thanks to the generosity of the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and the Max Weidenfeld Travel Grant, I had the unique opportunity to visit Myanmar for a week, where I led a team of undergraduate and graduate students from Oxford as part of the Oxford Microfinance Initiative (OMI).