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Three Cups of Tea

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BC: By: Aubrey Bossert

FC: Three Cups of Tea | The story of Greg Mortenson's ultimate gift to villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. | By: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

1: K2 Mountain Climb | K2 Summit | Greg Mortenson traveled to Afghanistan in 1993 to climb the K2. After failing, he discovered a villlage, Korphe which inspired him to help people. He came up with an even greater goal then climbing K2, to build schools for Pakistani children. He went home for a year and tried to raise money to build a school. Living in his car and working night shifts at a local hospital, Greg typed 580 letters asking for donations and finally he got a response. A man named Jean Hoerni offerend to donate 12,000 dollars to build the school.

2: Korphe | "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share tea, you are family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die."-Haji Ali

3: Haji Ali-He was the nurmadhar, the chief, of the Korphe village. He was the father of Twaha and his wife's name was Sakina. Haji Ali taught Greg many life lessons and showed him the correct way to behave around villagers. Greg thought of him as a father figure and devoted as much time and money as he could to help Haji Ali and the village of Korphe. One day when Greg went back to visit, he was devastated to find out that Haji Ali had passed away. (Top right corner of photo) | Mouzafer-He was a porter who accompanied Greg Mortenson on his climb of K2. When he found Greg, after Greg lost his path, Mouzafer promised to never let Greg out of his sight. He dedicated the next fews years of his life to keeping Greg safe in Pakistan. | "Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects. He taught me that I had more to learn from the people I work with than I could ever hope to teach them." -Greg Mortenson

4: Korphe School | Original Korphe Bridge | New Bridge | Carrying Building Materials

5: The first construction that Greg Mortenson built in Pakistan was the Korphe Bridge. It was a major accomplishment and allowed for the women of Korphe to travel to neighboring villages that had once been impossible to get to without a safe bridge. He also built the first school here, the Hushe School, which provided hundreds of kids with a warm and roofed place to learn. It would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the Korphe men who worked hard at getting stone and putting the pieces of the school together.


7: Greg Mortenson met his wife, Tara Bishop, at the annual Himalayan Foundation's annual fundraising dinner. They got married three weeks after they met. Less than a year later they had their first child, Amira, and later Khyber Mortenson was born.

8: Central Asia Institute | A non-profit organization that began in 1996, with the mission to promote and support community based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. | Founder: Jean Hoerni and Greg Mortenson Director: Greg Mortenson

9: Jean Hoerni-He was am extremely wealthy, retired climber who saw Greg's advertisement about his goal to build schools and made a donation to help him. Jean provided Greg with the means to build the bridge and school in Korphe. Later on when he was about to die, Hoerni asked Greg to bring him a picture of the Korphe school, and he almost cried when he realized he had helped to build it. He donated 1 million dollars to start the Central Asia Institute, or CAI. | (L to R): Greg Mortenson Edmund Hillary Dr. Jean Hoerni

10: Greg Mortenson and the CAI helped Pakistan and Afghanistan by providing even more than education. | -Porter Training Program (Korphe) -Women's Vocational Centers -Women's Literacy Centers -Medical Training Centers -Educational Scholarships -Health Care Scholarships -Portable Water Projects -Water Filtration Systems -Sanitation and Latrine Projects -Trash and Recycling Projects -Cataract Eye Surgery

11: "Balti already had a rich tradition of sewing and weaving. They just need some help to revive the dying practice. Hawa's idea was such an easy way to empower women that I decided from that day on to put in vocational centers wherever we built schools." -Greg Mortenson, Korphe Village

12: Sitara School | Hushe School | Chunda School

13: Lalander School | Baharak School | Khanday School

14: Obstacles | 1996-Greg Mortenson was kidnapped by the Taliban for eight days in Waziristan, Pakistan. He was eventually freed after the men realized he came to Wazir to build a school and they gave him a few dollars for the misunderstanding. | 2001-After 9/11, Greg received threatening letters from Americans telling him that he was a traitor. Americans thought he was betraying his country by helping out the enemy.

15: 2003-On his way to a possible site for a new school, Greg Mortenson got stuck in a cross fire between two opium warlords. He was able to escape by hiding in the back of a truck under rotting animal skins. | Throughout his journey through the Middle East, Greg had many enemies who disliked the idea of building schools for girls. Multiple times he had to deal with fatwehs, (outlawed him from entering certain place) by fighting through the Pakistani court system. | Greg Mortenson went through many CIA investigations and had to get his passport renewed after it was torn up by an angry Islamic mullah.

16: Connections to The Motorcycle Diaries | Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries, traveled through new lands discovering a variety of cultures and lifestyles. He realized that he wanted to make a change in the world and his idea was to infuse communism into Latin America. This is exactly what Greg Mortenson did in Three Cups of Tea. He traveled through the Middle East learning new languages and developing lifelong friendships with the villagers he met along the way. Greg embraced the new culture and realized that he wanted to help the people. However, instead of using communism, he decided to make a difference by building schools and centers to educate and assist the people.

17: Ahmed Shah Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance, was able to keep the Taliban from taking over Afganistan. "Beloved by his supporters, and despised by those who lived during his brutal siege of Kabul, he was his country's Che Guevara." -Three Cups of Tea (247)

18: About the CAI

19: -There are over 130 new schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Providing education for over 58,000 students. | -There is now a new organization called Pennies for Peace, that raises money for children of the Middle East. | Peace and Hope Begin With Education: One Child At A Time | -They believe that self-sustainability is the key to long term success.

21: Interesting Facts | - After 9/11 when we were trying to figure out who bombed us, the neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan villages already knew who it was. Greg Mortenson was told by a friend that Osama bin Laden was behind it. "'Your problem in New York village comes from there,' he (Faisal Baig) said, snarling at the border. 'From this Al Qaeda Shetan.' he said spitting towards Afghanistan, 'Osama.'" | 20 dollars-One Students school supplies for 1 year 50-One treadle sewing machine and supplies 100-Maternal health care supplies for 1 year 600-One teacher's annual salary 800-One advanced student's annual scholarship 5,000-Support for existing school for 1 year 50,000-One school building and support for up to 5 years.

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