9/11 legacy: healing scars of terrorism
Peter C. Alderman would have been 33 this September had he not been attending a breakfast conference at the World Trade Center the morning of the terrorist attacks.
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#1 Oct 28, 2009
Your article, "Healing Scars of Terrorism" was followed by the announcement that Liz & Steve Alderman (The Peter C. Alderman Foundation) will be awarded on Nov. 2 with the prestigious $100,000 “Purpose Prize” for their role in driving large-scale impact worldwide. The Couple’s foundation in memory of their son establishes mental health clinics in war-torn countries to help heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism
The Aldermans are being recognized for their extraordinary philanthropic work as the Purpose Prize honors American social entrepreneurs over the age of 60 who combine creativity, experience, passion and a higher calling with a desire to do something bigger than themselves to take on society’s biggest challenges. The Peter C. Alderman Foundation creates mental health systems where violence such as torture, rape, civil war or kidnapping has desecrated communities and destroyed the emotional well-being of victims who are left with lifelong mental disabilities, preventing them from working, caring for their families and leading productive lives. Untreated, traumatic depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can extend into the next generation and beyond. Post-conflict countries, overwhelmed by the problem, are unable to deliver adequate care.
To date, 385 doctors from 20 countries on four continents have been trained. They, in turn, have trained more than 400 healthcare professionals from around the world. As a result, over 100,000 victims have been treated by trained mental health professionals thanks to the Peter C. Alderman Foundation.
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