Whether in the United States or in the other 14 nations where we worked in 2011, we supported people at the community level, working in partnership with local leaders and communities as friends and allies. Their concerns define our work; their goals decide our plan of action; their confidence and awareness of their own resources tell us when our work is progressing. And their knowledge, experience, and viability let us know when AFSC is no longer needed.
In fiscal year 2011, we saw improvements large and small in many communities.
In 2010, AFSC transitioned to new leadership as Shan Cretin became our new General Secretary. As always, the work moved forward and, sustained by our extended family of supporters, we celebrated the accomplishments in the community worldwide. The optimistic outcomes that this Annual Report highlights are examples of AFSC’s commitment to effective, efficient Quaker peace building, one community at a time.
The 2001 Annual Report reflects on the impact that the September 11, 2001 attacks had on United States, AFSC, and our work around the world. At the same time to highlights work around the world that had started before the attacks and continued afterwards.
2009 was tumultuous for the world at large and for AFSC. Our 2009 annual report, Building Peace by Fostering Justice, describes how we came through the year – continuing to work in partnership with people of good will, seeking to build a more just and peaceful world while meeting significant financial challenges.
The year 2008 was pivotal for the American Friends Service Committee in many ways. The growing unrest with the cost of the war in Iraq (both in dollars and in precious lives) led millions to the pro-peace movement, inspiring a change in leadership in the United States, as well as lifting up AFSC’s fundamental message:
I reached for last year’s Annual Report before I sat down to write to you – and then for the year before that one. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by Annual Reports and year-end figures stretching back for decades – a wealthy history of the quest for peace, a recitation of just what is possible when like-minded people refuse to allow the world to be defined by violence.
This year I felt the presence of grace grow stronger in my life, in my country, across my world. In a time of sorrow for too many, I still felt hope.
This may seem surprising, given that the war in Iraq entered its third tragic year. That’s a milestone that sobers us all. A tsunami of staggering power devastated life in communities bordering the Indian Ocean. Hurricane Katrina brought physical and emotional devastation to our brothers and sisters in the Gulf states.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.