The Peter M Goodrich Foundation

Building a library in Afghanistan to create an improved learning environment 

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The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation was created following Peter's death on September 11, 2001 – Peter died when flight 175 hit the World Trade Center. His mother started the charity in his name. 

The foundation’s purpose is to support a love of learning, give aid to those in need, and help discover means of peaceful passage through perilous places. Through their work, they strive to give people a clear understanding of the world and its people.

INTO Giving’s £7500 / $9500 grant will furnish the library at the Haider Abad School, Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, with desks, shelves, furniture, computers, books and the salary and training for a librarian. At the moment, the library is under construction and expected to be completed in November 2017, opening in 2018.

The library will serve 100-1,300 primary and secondary school students, of whom approximately 44% are girls. It will be the first school library in the province. Library books will cover a wide array of subjects including Science, History, Literature, Poetry, Politics, English and Religious Studies. Students will be more motivated to create a better future for themselves in the improved learning environment.

Why it is important

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban held power over roughly three-quarters of Afghanistan. Under the leadership of Mohammed Omar, the movement spread throughout most of Afghanistan. It held control of most of the country until being overthrown by the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in December 2001 following the September 11 attacks.

Although controlled by the Taliban, and hit by US Airstrikes, Bamyan Province is recognised as one of the safest provinces in the country, which has allowed for civil rebuilding.

Three decades of conflict devastated Afghanistan’s education systems and institutions. In 2002, only an estimated one million children, mostly boys, attended school, while women and girls were almost completely excluded from educational opportunities. Since then, the Afghan government, USAID, and international donors have worked together to help thousands of Afghan girls and boys in remote provinces attend classes.

Today, due to the efforts of USAID, other international donors, and the Afghan government, more than 9.2 million children are enrolled in a school of which 39% are girls, according to the Afghan Ministry of Education.

Bamyan Province is home to the region's only university, offering young people an opportunity for progression after school.

Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation is constantly working on peaceful reactions to conflict and terrorism.

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