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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

"With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger, with the second cup of tea you are a friend, and with the third cup of tea you are family." - Haji Ali

In the inspiring book of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, is about one man's journey to making a difference one child at a time. Greg Mortenson is a mountain climber and works as an emergency room nurse. Greg was climbing the second tallest mountain in the world, K2 in Pakistan in honor of his sister Christa. But when one of his fellow climbers falls ill, Greg and his friend climb back down the mountain to save their friend. They try to climb back up but they get lost along the way. Instead of going south back down the mountain they end up going north back up the mountain. When they meet Mouzafer, a porter that will help them guide them back down the mountain, Greg gets lost again and is once again saved by Mouzafer. But once Greg has reached the base camp, there is a fork in the road one leading to the city which will take him directly back to the airpport. But Greg chooses the wrong road and ends up in a village called Korphe. He is greeted by the chief of the village, Haji Ali. Greg meets most of the children there and he asks Haji Ali, where the kids get an education. Haji Ali guides them to the place where the learning takes place. There are only four girls within the forty-five boys in the classroom. The teacher only shows up three times a week for an hour a day. Greg is horrified by the education these children are getting so he makes a promise, " I will build you a school." This man changes the life of many children with the help of Greg Mortenson.

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