History

The Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF) was established in 2003 to improve the lives of people and communities devastated by violence and armed conflict. PCAF was created as a living memorial for Peter Alderman, a 25-year old American who was killed by terrorists in the attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In the past ten years, PCAF 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. It is the only United States-based global non-governmental organization focused exclusively on providing clinic and community-based mental health care and capacity building in post-conflict countries.

Liz and Steve Alderman have received a numerous awards for their work, including the Purpose Prize for outstanding social innovation from Civic Ventures in San Francisco and the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal. The Citizens Medal is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, given to Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”

“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