To Friends International Library
Johan Maurer, Anne Friend, Sylvia Mangalam, Mikhail Roshchin, Janet Riley
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Chechen Republic expresses deep gratitude to the Friends International Library and particularly to project coordinators Janet Riley and Mikhail Roshchin for the publication of the book “The Power of Goodness” as a gift to Chechnya’s children.
This is a priceless gift! It’s noteworthy that it was published in three languages–English, Russian, and Chechen–which will enable greater mastery of these languages.
The contents of the book also deserve attention. They basically include the best works of world-class writers–stories of nonviolence and reconciliation, of good deeds, carried out by people in various times and countries. It is encouraging that stories from Chechen writers were included in the collection.
The book is filled with aspirations of truth, kindness, help to one’s neighbors, and diligence, which will be very useful for the moral development and effective upbringing of the rising generation. By their contents, the stories are close to children in that they are devoted to real events and to children, and in some cases they speak of Chechnya.
The children of Chechnya, having lived through the horrors of war, need rehabilitation. And one of the first signs in this plan is the Chechen version of Power of Goodness. It carries with it the philosophy of love and counterbalances the hatred and cruelty that is flooding this world.
The publication of collected stories for children on tolerance, kindness, and compassion for people is a part of that help that the children of Chechnya especially need. On earth, where cruelty and callousness have continued to dominate for decades, the people, the children, yearn for kindness, the spirit of charity, and creative work. For this reason, those who took part in this noble work deserve special appreciation.
Without a doubt, the appearance of this book in three languages and the possibility of reading it is an invaluable gift for Chechnya’s children.
To the authors of the project, thank you. We hope that the project will continue and that we will be able to collaborate with you. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Chechen Republic ask you to provide, to the extent possible, this book to our school libraries.
With deep respect,
L.M. Dadaev, Minister of Education and Science of the Chechen Republic