Amy Biehl, a Fulbrihgt scholar, was murdered in South Africa in 1993, while studying that nation's transition from apartheid to democracy. (File photo)

The 30th Anniversary of Amy Biehl’s Tragic Passing in Gugulethu took place this past weekend, supporters laid flowers in her honour and celebrated the power of forgiveness.


Gugulethu, South Africa (28 August 2023) – This year marks a poignant moment as we remember the 30th anniversary of the tragic passing of Amy Biehl in Gugulethu, South Africa, as well as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust now called Amy Foundation Trust. Amy Biehl’s journey from tragedy to hope has not only inspired countless individuals but has also ignited a remarkable legacy of healing, forgiveness, and empowerment.

In 1993, the world mourned the loss of Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old American Fulbright Scholar and activist who tragically lost her life in Gugulethu while striving to support the advancement of democracy and equality in South Africa. In the face of this heart-wrenching loss, Amy’s parents, Linda, and Peter Biehl, embarked on an extraordinary path of forgiveness and reconciliation that would change lives and communities.

In 1998, the Biehl’s established the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust as a tribute to their daughter’s memory and her unwavering dedication to social justice. Over the years, the Foundation has evolved, blossoming into a beacon of hope and transformation in South Africa. In 2016, the Foundation underwent a name change, becoming the “Amy Foundation,” reflecting its broader mission to empower youth through education, afterschool, academic, arts & sports programmes as well as skills development.

The Amy Foundation has since worked tirelessly to uplift and equip over 10,000 young individuals in underprivileged communities, offering a range of educational and personal development initiatives. From afterschool programmes to vocational training and Youth Skills Development, the Foundation has empowered countless youths with the skills and confidence they need to build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Linda and Peter Biehl’s journey of forgiveness has been nothing short of remarkable. Their commitment to healing and reconciliation, even in the face of profound personal tragedy, has set an inspiring example for us all. Their vision and dedication have been instrumental in shaping the Foundation’s mission and impact over the years.

“As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Amy Biehl’s passing and the 25th anniversary of the Amy Foundation, we honour not only the memory of a promising young life cut short but also the resilience, hope, and transformation that have emerged from her legacy.”

The Foundation’s work stands as a living testament to the power of turning tragedy into positive change and forging paths of healing and empowerment.

The Amy Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to Linda and Peter Biehl for their unwavering dedication and remarkable journey of forgiveness and reconciliation. Their legacy continues to shine brightly through the lives they’ve touched and the transformative work of the Foundation.

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