Three Cups of Tea

Review Date - 2011-01-23

This story may have been partially fabricated. Greg Mortenson is now under investigation for fraudulent use of donated funds. WE all want for there to be a great humanitarian out there working for the underdog. So easily our high estimation of someone is trounced. Perhaps, we hold people in too great esteem and rarely are we sceptical enough. We do love a good story.

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The story of how Greg Mortenson started the Central Asia Institute which began to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. By focussing on education Greg has promoted peace in a region which can tend towards war due to poverty.

In 1993 Mortenson was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. Exhausted and disoriented, he wandered away from his group into the most desolate reaches of northern Pakistan. Alone, without food, water, or shelter he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.While recovering he observed the village's 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher. When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. From that rash, heartfelt promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.

It seems that the lure of money and the confusion of fame and notoriety does a number on a person's ethics and actions. I would like to see the Central Asia Institute become more transparent and appologise but most of all I would like to see the schools built and staffed and supplied and the children given a decent education and a chance to be happy.