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Three Cups of Tea - A must read


I would highly recommend everyone associated with B.V.S. Parsi High School to read this book.

Greg Mortenson
Three Cups of Tea book: Co-author




Greg Mortenson grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania from1958 to 1973. His father, Irvin, established a hospital, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, and his mother Jerene, founded the Moshi International School.

Mortenson served as a medic in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War, where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and later graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983.

His life long interest in mountaineering culminated in a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, the world's second highest mountain, which changed his life.

Since then, Mortenson has dedicated his life as a humanitarian devoted to promote education, especially for girls, in remote, often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

By 2007, he has established over 58 schools through his nonprofit, Central Asia Institute, which provides education to over 24,000 children (about 14,000 girls), in areas where children previously had few education opportunities.


 
Mortenson is a living hero to rural communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he has gained the trust of Islamic leaders, elders, commanders and tribal chiefs for his tireless effort to champion education, especially for girls. He is one of few foreigners who has worked extensively (over 60 months) in the region considered the frontlines of the war on terror.

 In 1996, he survived an eight day armed kidnapping in the tribal areas of Pakistan, and escaped a 2003 firefight by feuding Afghan warlords, by hiding in a truck under putrid animal hides going to aleather-tanning factory. He has also received two fatwehs from Islamic clerics for his efforts to educate females, which was rescinded by the Shariat Islamic court, and received hate mail and death threats from his fellow Americans after 9/11 for his efforts to help Muslim children with education.

 His cross-cultural expertise has brought him to speak on Capital Hill, D.C. think tanks, the Pentagon, Dept. of Defense, outdoor groups,universities, schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, business and civic groups, women's organizations all across America.

Mortenson's biography and New York Times best-seller, "Three Cups ofTea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace…One School At A Time", Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, Penguin 2007, was selected by TIMES Magazine as a 2006 Asia book of the Year and chosen as a 2006 Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association 'Book of The Year'


 
NBC newscaster, Tom Brokaw, calls Mortenson, "one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world".

 Representative Mary Bono (Rep. Cali.) calls Mortenson, "a true American hero, whose creativity, courage and compassion exemplifies the true ideals of the American spirit".

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, says "Mortenson doesn't just climb mountains. He moves them, and through his dedication and determination, he's given hope to thousands of children in a region of turmoil".

While not overseas half the year, Mortenson, 49, lives in Montana with his wife, Dr. Tara Bishop, and two young children.

Please if you get a chance read this book - its a wondeful story and very well written. Lets all pitch in a little, spread the word about this book and donate to this great cause. Thanks.

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