Chambers Performing Arts is Honored to Partner with The Amy Biehl Foundation and Trust-South Africa
19 years ago, on August 25, 1993, Amy Biehl made her transition from her eventful life on earth to an even larger life of committed service to the under-served and to the hopeful. This bright, young Fulbright scholar and honors Stanford grad traveled to South Africa where she had helped to develop voter registration programs for South African blacks and women as that nation's first all-race elections approached in April, 1994. Amy was scheduled to continue her promising academic career the following week as a new graduate student at Rutger's University in New Jersey. During her plight in South Africa, her life was tragically taken by the very people she was there to assist. Along with her mother Linda Biehl, friends, family, and even complete strangers-the Amy Biehl Foundation and Trust began to inspire and heal not only her friends and family, but the South Africans as well.
The Amy Biehl Foundation draws breath and inspiration from Amy and her example. It is a creation of family and friends who loved her in life, and is now extended by many hundreds of new friends - young and old - who want to make a constructive difference in their world and who enjoy doing this in Amy's name.
Linda Biehl, Amy's mother, was awarded one of South Africa's highest honors, the Order of Companion of O.R. Tambo, which was presented to her by President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria. The President's office cited Linda's "outstanding spirit of forgiveness in the wake of the murder of her daughter and contributing to the promotion of non-racism in post-apartheid South Africa." Past recipients include former U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan and posthumously, to Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi.
Much thanks to Carole Hoemeke, a close friend of Amy Biehl (who gave her own daughter the namesake of Amy in Biehl's honor and who is a current student of Chambers Performing Arts), who has set up this partnership between our schools and the Foundation.
All students of Chambers Performing Arts are able to participate in this wonderful partnership, by donating costumes. The costumes will be given to local South African children who take part in the Foundation's Theatre Outreach Program. We will be collecting costumes at various periods throughout the year (check the Events calendar), and will be glad to provide you with a donor tax receipt for your costumes.
We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. Please visit the Amy Biehl Foundation and Trust web site for additional information and for more ways that you can help: http://www.amybiehl.org/index.php