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Three Cups of Tea – Fighting the Root Cause of Terrorism through Education!

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson, who had failed in his attempt to climb the 2nd highest mountain in the world, K2 in Pakistan, has actually achieved of what most mankind would never think of. During which attempt to climb K2, Mortenson, not only  he failed to defeat the K2, lost his trail and nearly died. Nevertheless, through the predestined meeting with the savior of his life, he was struck by the plight of the local children. Not taking to account that the children lacks of everything and has no proper school and teacher, yet being so faithfully sitting and scratching their books though no teacher. Mortenson, touched by the misfortune of those lovely angels, promised himself to build a school for them.

It only takes a heart with compassion to fulfill his promise, which he was no millionaire not also has the access to the millionaires that can self finance the school, he saved his own monthly wages, earned as a nurse in California, which is just fair enough for his living. Driven by his compassion, he moved out from his comfort in staying in apartment to spending nights at car, eating cheap and happy hour meals, and then sending out hundreds of letter soliciting donations for his cause.

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible” ~ Christopher Reeve

Having to wait for months, he actually received his first donation from the children in his mother’s school, who have been touched by Mortenson’s sharing. The money rose by the children in States for the children in Pakistan; they collect pennies showing that even little can help those poor children which summed up to some thousands. Later, he was connected to Dr. Jean Hoerni (a silicon transistor pioneer and a retired mountain climber) by his friend and then finances the school building fees.

From left to right (Greg Mortenson, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dr. Jean Hoerni)

From left to right (Greg Mortenson, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dr. Jean Hoerni)

With all the money raised, he flew back to Pakistan, bought all the materials, and had them drove to the village, just to find that he need to build the bridge first in order to bring the materials. He miscalculated the cost and bemused! Frustrated and completely worn out! He cannot figure out what to do next, so he flew back to State. Again, facing another failure in his life; failed to attempt the K2, failed to build school, fired from the job and in addition to that misfortune, being left by his woman who then date his colleague.

Korphe Bridge (old)

Korphe Bridge (old)

Korphe Bridge (new)

Korphe Bridge (new)

“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” ~ Hannah Senesh

Just as he about to give up, he received a call, a friend of the Dr. Jean Hoerni, which encourages him to contact Jean to donate for the bridge too. Putting up all his courage and was ready to be yelled at, he called back and it was successful! Afterward, not only build a school, he was funded to build and to be appointed as Director of CAI (Central Asia Institute), a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. (for more information about CAI, please refer to http://www.ikat.org/), which then successfully managed to build more schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Porters Carrying Supplies
Porters Carrying Supplies

For me, this book and specifically Greg Mortenson has not just inspired but challenged me to not let go dreams and to fight for the essence of living, which is to love one another. I encourage those with broken dreams people and those who are about to let go your dream to read this book and get in touch once again of the power of dream. To learn from a man who is just average and no different like us but successfully managed to build schools and allow the children to taste the education and giving path for them to do more than just being a porter for climbers. So, if Greg can make it and why not we learn from him?


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