Today many of the world’s youth are exposed to countless forms of violence and have few models of alternatives to help them pattern their lives. This edition of The Power of Goodness: Stories of Nonviolence and Reconciliation is the Friends International Library (FIL) committee’s contribution to make these alternatives a reality. This trilingual story collection grew out of a wish to help young people learn the ways of peace and help them live a philosophy of love, as opposed to hate. Each story in this edition is written in Chechen, English and Russian.
Most of the stories are about actual events, some from the lives of young people. Several stories are from Chechnya. All stories are illustrated by youth ages 9-20 from Chechnya, Russia, Germany and the Unites States. In the front end papers, we are pleased to include art by Ingush artist Ali Hashagulgov and a quotation by Kunta-Hadji Kishiev. In the back end papers, we are pleased to include art by US artist Maureen Sharon and a quotation by the 17th century Quaker Stephen Grellet.
Power of Goodness was awarded $80,000 for the Power of Goodness, Chechen Edition from the United States Institute of Peace, which received 518 applications and made only 25 awards!
Unfortunately printing prices in Chechnya skyrocketed, so the grant only covered printing and distributing 3,500 copies. There is a need for 4,500 to 6,000 copies throughout the Chechen school system. An additional $7,000 will allow an additional 1,000 copies to be printed and distributed. Please consider giving, if you are able.