The Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health
The Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health, a HealthRight International, Inc. Initiative, was established in 2003 to improve the lives of people and communities devastated by violence and armed conflict. It has grown to become a recognized leader in providing evidence-based mental health and psychosocial services that restore function in survivors and communities impacted by trauma. The program is the only United States-based global non-governmental program focused exclusively on providing clinic and community-based mental health care and capacity building in post-conflict countries.
A Life Well-Lived
Peter Alderman died at 25, yet his was a life well-lived, for he truly understood the meaning of love and friendship. Through the work of the Peter C. Alderman Global Mental Health Program, we are leaving a profound and indelible mark that Peter existed on this earth.
Peter grew up in Scarsdale, NY, and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1994 and from American University in 1999. He was working for Bloomberg LP when he was murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
Peter literally had hundreds of friends. Although he was bright and funny and knew how to have a good time, most importantly, Peter was caring and compassionate. To quote a friend, “If life is measured in love, then Peter’s was an exemplary one. Peter was loved by so many because he himself loved. His loving way was radiated through his smile; from the first moment you saw his smile you knew in your heart that he was a friend. When you were around Peter, it made you a better person, not because of anything he said or did, but simply because his mere presence brought you joy.”
“Our youngest child, Peter, was murdered on September 11, 2001. He was attending a conference at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center. He didn’t work in the building and he was only 25 years old when he died. Peter was too young to have decided whether he wanted to leave his mark on this earth. We have decided to leave a mark for Peter. Although Pete no longer existed, as parents, we still had that need to do for him and we really struggled to find a way to honor his life. Yet, there was nothing we could do for Pete. About eight months after his death we realized that Pete was killed because of terrorism and if we could help those people who had survived terrorism, war or torture, but were still unable to live their lives, then this was the perfect memorial for Peter.” – Liz & Steve Alderman
FOPA: An Enduring Legacy
Following his death, Peter’s many friends wished to honor his life. They decided to create an enduring legacy to memorialize his loving and generous spirit by working together as a group to support the Peter C. Alderman Program’s work. With that in mind, they created the Friends of Peter Alderman, or FOPA.