In taking the oath that finalized our induction into the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, we pledged to fulfill the three simple goals of the Peace Corps' mission. The first two were what animated most of our time as Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan. Fulfilling the Third Goal is our continuing obligation to Peace Corps, to America and to the men and women of Afghanistan whose friendship, hospitality and humanity helped us in our metamorphosis from the idealistic young novices, who volunteered years of our lives, to the keepers of the proud badge of honor that we all hold today as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Goals of the American Peace Corps Volunteers of Afghanistan
Whether it is organizing a reunion, speaking at an event, taking part in a fundraiser for an humanitarian or charitable project in Afghanistan or simply letting our guests at a dinner party know about our service in Afghanistan we are engaging in fulfilling the Third Goal of the US Peace Corps. Let Peace Corps and the NPCA know about your Third Goal activities by writing to Vivian, firstname.lastname@example.org and to Anne, email@example.com. Both Vivian and Anne are eager to hear what you are doing to promote the Third Goal and will share some of our stories with members of the US Congress. Send Friends of Afghanistan a cc as well.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Third Goal Activities
The Peace Corps Third Goal is to "strengthen
Americans' understanding about the world and its peoples."
Louise Pascale probably never imagined that her songbook project would receive new life decades later on the heels of the American invasion of Afghanistan. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Kabul, Louise began the book in 1966 and Kabul Press published it in 1968
In 2003, Louise found her tattered and faded copy of the songbook in a bookcase and guessed that it was probably the only one still in print. She resolved to republish and repatriate its vanished cultural treasures as a gift to the Afghan people—especially for the children and grandchildren of the students she had taught 35 years earlier. Thus began the Afghan Children's Songbook Project.
Dr. Pascale recorded and preserved Many traditional children’s songs and nursery rhymes from various regions and tribal groups throughout Afghanistan. A number of these cultural gems had been lost in the turmoil of war, starting with the Soviet invasion, continuing through the Civil War, and culminating under the infamous Taliban. The Taliban’s benighted rule banned virtually all traditional Afghan songs, and replaced them with religious dirges.
After enormous effort researching, arranging, rehearsing, recording, and working with talented musicians in the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Pascale published a new edition—five years after that fortuitous discovery, and forty years after its first publication. The expanded Children’s Songs from Afghanistan: Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar is available in English and Dari. The purchase of every songbook in the U.S. funds the free distribution of four books in Afghanistan. Books may be ordered from afghansongbook.org
— Louise Pascale, Lesley University, Creative Arts in Learning
For her work publishing QU QU QU BARG-E-CHINAAR Children's Songbook: Dr. Louise Pascale will receive our 2011 Third Goal Award. All income from US sales goes to publish a Farsi version of the book for free distribution in Afghan elementary schools. 30,000 of these books have already been distributed in Afghanistan. Louise was the first RPCV ESL teacher for SOLA students while on sabbatical in the Fall of 2009 from her teaching duties at Lesley University.
Afghan Women's Writing Project is developing the writing of Afghan women throughout Afghanistan for publication in the USA. The women write in English and are supported by published American authors via an online classroom developed by FoA and administered in Kabul through SOLA. Satellite programs for other cities are currently in the planning stage. http://awwproject.org
QU QU QU BARG-E-CHINAAR Children's Songbook: FoA purchased 35 copies of RPCV Louise Pascale's song books for the Afghan children receiving medical treatment in the USA through the work of SOLACE and SOLA. FoA plans continued support for Pascale's effort and has selected Dr. Louise Pascale to receive our 2011 Third Goal Award. All income from US sales goes to publish a Farsi version of the book for free distribution in Afghan elementary schools. 14,000 of these books have already been distributed in Afghanistan. Louise was the first RPCV ESL teacher for SOLA students while on sabbatical this past fall, from her teaching duties at Lesley College. http://www.facone.org/musicshop/afghan_book.htm
Pennies for Peace Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the Windom Elementary School project in support of Greg Mortensen’s CAI efforts. Mortensen wrote Three Cups of Tea and has recently released Stones into Schools.