The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation
Established in 2007, the Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, education and scientific purposes which will:
- raise awareness and broaden knowledge about the history and culture of the people of Afghanistan throughout the United States;
- support the cultural heritage preservation and research efforts of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University; and
- support the information-sharing objectives of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.
The Foundation promotes nation-building through information-sharing, the underlying vision that created The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. Professor Louis Dupree often stated that his ambition was to understand Afghanistan "from one cell up" and during the 1970's, the Dupree home in Kabul was filled with Afghan and international scholars and students exchanging knowledge and ideas.
During the war years, Louis gained new insights while traveling across the border from Peshawar; meanwhile, Nancy Hatch Dupree kept track of happenings among the world's largest refugee population. Here was history in the making, a crucial component of the Afghan heritage that desperately needed to be recorded. Louis then launched the idea of a resource centre that would preserve information from a wide variety of sources on every aspect of this traumatic period; in 1989, Nancy picked up the reins.
A primary Foundation goal is to ensure the sustainability of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU). Programmes will offer Afghans from all walks of life, especially the youth, incentives to acquire and employ information that will help them address the challenges of rebuilding their nation. These activities will also involve students and scholars from abroad so as to raise international understanding of Afghanistan, its culture and its aspirations.
The Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation for the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University is managed under the directionof a Board of Directors based out of New York and Washington D.C., with the support of an Advisory Board in the US and a Board of Governors in Afghanistan. The Foundation will support ACKU and fund its activities.