National Geographic : 2001 Dec
A Legacy of Hope The smiles of children, their eyes bright with curiosity, seem more poignant now than ever as the terror of September continues to rever berate. Along with thousands of Ameri cans, hundreds of citizens from 80 nations perished or were reported miss ing in the flames and rubble. This was an attack not just on the United States but on the world. And for many people it transformed the world into a sinister place-a place to suspect, to fear, to shut out. As natural as it might seem to with draw from the world and turn inward, I think it's exactly the wrong thing to do. That's why the National Geographic Society is reaffirming our mission: To increase exposure to the world and understanding among people of its varied cultures. Our hearts are full of gratitude to our members, who make this urgent work possible. You have enabled us to launch educational pro grams that have inspired thousands of students and teachers. Our late colleagues Joe Ferguson and Ann Judge were central to that outreach NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * DECEMBER 2001 (See On Assignment). They took joy in escorting children and teachers into the field for firsthand experiences of the world. Ann and Joe were on just such a trip with three young students and their teachers when the eight of them became victims of the tragic hijackings. To honor our lost colleagues, the Society's Education Foundation has established a fund to celebrate their lives and their commitment to geogra phy education. All gifts will be matched by the Society to ensure that this work can go on. With greater knowledge of the world, children may come to em brace it, to transform it, and perhaps to bring it peace. Charitablegifts to the Ferguson/Judge Fund can be made by mailing a check, payable to National Geographic,to: National GeographicSociety, Ferguson/JudgeFund,Development Office, 1145 17th Street NW Washington, DC20036. To make secure onlinegifts, go to nationalgeographic.com. Thank you foryour ongoinggenerosity.