Homage to 9/11 by Janet McKenzie
2009-11-12 @ 12:23:43
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Remembering Ten years Later

These women, so poignantly represented by Janet
McKenzie,are a silent reminder of the fragility of life,
of faith, and of hope. In remembering Pete and Sal
and Saraj and all those we have loved and lost, find a
quiet time, then click on Riders to the Sea and spend a
half hour listening to David Peare read this beautiful
one act play about these things written in 1902 by
Irish playwright John Millington Synge.


Sal's husband, Don, left home July 1, 2011 for Afghanistan to meet with the principal of the girl’s school in Logar and the village elders there, to see some of the Afghans, who’s educations in the US the foundation supports who were spending their summer vacations there, and their families, meet with Afghans who have made the work of the foundation in Afghanistan possible and to spread some of Sally’s ashes in the country she loved.

An account of his trip is at the Navigation Post: Don's Trip to Afghanistan.


Sarah (Sally) Goodrich
May 12, 1945 - December 18, 2010
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Photo courtesy of Katheen Rafiq

Just before midnight December 18, 2010, Peter's mother, Sally, was overtaken by the cancer that had been with her since shortly after the September 11th attacks that killed her son. She was at home on the couch in front of the fire. Her husband, children and brother were with her. Her indomitable spirit was on display to the end of her mortal life and lives on in all she touched with her beautiful Irish smile, bright eyes and easy words of truth, burnished with humor and grace, that called us, like a pied piper, to do with her what ought to be done - or was just plain fun. Her passion for education and boundless love brought joy and hope to a people too long wracked with suffering and loss. She was and is the soul of the Foundation.

The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation
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Bates College Memorial

The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation, established after Peter's death on board the second plane to hit the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001, has worked primarily in the Pashtun provinces of Afghanistan supporting education and addressing the fundamental needs of fragile populations. In the Unites State the Foundation works with private and public secondary schools and colleges to identify educational opportunities for student exchange.

As Chair of the Board of Families of September 11th, Peter's father, Don, will continue to work to prevent terrorism while preserving civil liberties in the United States. Don is a trial attorney.

Peter's mother, Sally, directed the work of the Foundation until her death in December 2010. Sally was a public school administrator.

We are joined by many who believe we can take affirmative steps to fashion a safer, more equitable world. We all share a sense of urgency and purpose.

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The brothers, Fos and Pete at the Grand Canyon
Creating Dialogue and Building Leadership through Student Exchange
2007-11-14 @ 09:58:30
FOUNDATION'S BELOIT COLLEGE STUDENT NAMED WEISSBERG SCHOLAR
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Beloit's Weissberg Scholar at Vesalius University in Brussels
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This year the Foundation is providing varying levels of support to students at Bates College in Lewiston, MA; Williams College in Williamstown, MA; St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY (funded in large measure by the Davis Foundation); Green Mountain College, Poultney VT and Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, MA. Two students graduated from their colleges (Bennington College in Vermont and Beloit College in Wisconsin) last year.

One Foundation student is a Davis scholar at the Taft School in Waterbury, CT. One attends Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, MA; one is at Emma Willard in Troy, NY; one has entered Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield, MA; two are students at the Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, MA; and another is attending Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. All are on full or partial scholarships.

We are deeply indebted to the colleges, private schools, Wolfeboro Summer Camp and Foundation donors who make this possible.

These students will return to Afghanistan once their academic programs are completed with skills needed by their country as it continues to grapple with increasingly serious challenges.
Two worked on initiatives in AFghanistan last summer.
Logar School
2007-04-06 @ 11:47:37
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DOCUMENTARY "axis of Good": A STORY FROM 9/11 by Shiprock Productions

Axis of Good captures the emotions, intimate moments and struggle of the Goodrich family as they grapple with the loss of their son and their overwhelming efforts to keep his memory alive.

FILM CLIPS FROM axis of Good: BUILDING THE LOGAR SCHOOL

Shiprock Productions crafted a five minute sample to compliment “A Mother’s Mission,” on The Boston Globe Web site. The article first appeared in the Boston Globe magazine on May 13, 2007. The company provided footage for the 2005 ABC World News Tonight "Person of the Week" segment about Sally Goodrich and a seventeen minute piece, which was presented at the Northern Berkshire Woman of the Year awards ceremony. To access this work which details a portion of the history of building the school in Logar use the above link.

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Praying Beads
Copyright held by Kathleen Rafiq

Initiatives in Afghanistan
2007-03-29 @ 13:37:34
Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation is able to support reconstruction primarily in the field of education in Afghanistan.

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Wardak Orphans with a New Flock of Sheep
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Rafiq


There have been a number of projects to support an orphange housing fifty-five children in a village in Wardak. The Foundation purchased arable land elsewhere to cultivate products for sale and for a food source for the orphanage. It provided a herd of sheep and cows to serve as an independent source of revenue. Last year it replaced a deep water well.

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Arable Land for Orphans
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Rafiq


The Foundation is indebted to its partner NGO, WADAN, for support in its Logar and Wardak projects. To learn more about WADAN, please use the link: Welfare Association for Development of Afghanistan

The Foundation is working with a former American Councils YES exchange student who is attending Green Mountain College in Vermont and the Shuhada Organization, an indigenous non-governmental and non-profit organization committed to reconstruction and development, as it seeks to build a school library or community based library in Bamyan. See Shuhada Organization for more information about this impressive organization.

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Sally in Logar in April 2007
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In Logar, thanks to individual donations and support from charitable organizations, the Foundation extended water into the school it constructed in 2006 and conveyed to the government of AF. It added inside bathrooms and a septic system in 2008. Previously, it provided an annual stipend for teachers' salaries and purchased much needed school supplies. Last year it built a concrete walkway and filled a depression which was a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying malaria.