Saturday, March 3, 2012

Book # 12 - Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson with David Oliver Relin
One Book, One San Diego selection for 2011
audio recording finished 2/202012

Greg Mortenson climbed Kilimanjaro when he was a child. Climbing K2 in the Himalayan range, the second highest mountain in the world, became a dream. He wanted to honor his sister with this climb. However, he failed to climb K2 and he returned to the base, where the villagers of Korphe nurtured his broken body and spirit. At that moment, he knew that serving the villagers by building schools especially for girls would be his new direction in life.

Greg Mortenson dedicates his life to building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, even after the events of 9/11, when sympathy to anyone Muslin was frowned on. Since the success of his book and the Central Asia Institute (CAI), Mortenson has been criticized for embellishing his story and for not accounting for every penny donated to the CAI.

I believe that it is still better to do good that to criticize someone who is doing good.

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