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Three Cups of Tea’: Greg Mortenson a great example to follow

Postby Karrar Haidri » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:19 pm

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Postby MoapaPk » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:32 pm

Now there's a man who deserved the Peace Prize.
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Postby Dan Shorb » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:57 pm

I appreciate you posting topics related to Pakistan Karrar. I believe that donating to Greg's organization is one of the most effective things i've done to end fighting between the United States and some groups in the Pakistani region. I hope people continue to talk about this topic, especially as a model for more related projects both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It seems that non-governmental projects are perhaps a good way to go in that region, especially considering the importance of local leaders.

I subscribe to his videos on youtube.com and enjoy the updates about Central Asia Institute's projects and progress. Greg's story of heading to the Pakistan/Afghan border is a potent one that I hope enlightens us about what helps and what does not. Education and Aid are important to ending conflicts and helping people prosper.

I assume, Karrar, that another supporting action would be to contribute to the tourism business of that area, and bring money to local towns and businesses by visiting them. Beautiful People and Mountains are some of the area's most plentiful resources. How much does the tourism business help that region?

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Postby Karrar Haidri » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:36 pm

d_shorb wrote:I appreciate you posting topics related to Pakistan Karrar. I believe that donating to Greg's organization is one of the most effective things i've done to end fighting between the United States and some groups in the Pakistani region. I hope people continue to talk about this topic, especially as a model for more related projects both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It seems that non-governmental projects are perhaps a good way to go in that region, especially considering the importance of local leaders.

I subscribe to his videos on youtube.com and enjoy the updates about Central Asia Institute's projects and progress. Greg's story of heading to the Pakistan/Afghan border is a potent one that I hope enlightens us about what helps and what does not. Education and Aid are important to ending conflicts and helping people prosper.

I assume, Karrar, that another supporting action would be to contribute to the tourism business of that area, and bring money to local towns and businesses by visiting them. Beautiful People and Mountains are some of the area's most plentiful resources. How much does the tourism business help that region?

Again, thank you.


Thank you very much for your nice comments. You are right that donating to Greg's organization is one of the most effective things, I also agree with you that non-governmental projects are a good way to go in that region, especially considering the importance of local leaders.
Greg Mortenson is a great man, doing a great job in the Karakoram region.Mortenson has dedicated his life to establish 58 schools in remote villages of the Karakoram, Pamir and Hindu Kush, which educate over 24,000 children.
You are very right that another supporting action would be to contribute to the tourism business of that area( Gilgit Baltistan).The people of Gilgit Baltistan depend on tourism. Pakistan is bestowed with the largest collection of the spectacular and lofty mountains in the world. It is here in Chitral,Gilgit Baltistan that three magnificent mountain ranges on Earth; Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindukush make a rendezvous. In their fold these ranges boast off more than 720 peaks rising above 6,000 metres, including more than 160 rising above 7,000 metres, and five towering above 8,000 metres topped by the second highest peak of the world - the savage Chogori or K-2 8611-M.From April to September tourist of domestic and international type visited these areas which became the earn of living for local people. Unluckily Year 2009 has been a very bleak season for Mountaineering in Gilgit Baltistan. Now the security situation is improving in Pakistan.
We hope that the 2010 herald a wonderful change in Pakistan. We invite everyone to contribute the tourism business of Gilgit Baltistan.
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Postby RickF » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:59 am

I read Greg Mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea". Besides being a very enjoyable story, it really takes readers into regions and cultures that are not known very well by most westerners, including myself. It was nice to learn about the Pakistani and Afgan people from someone who lived and worked among them. The book does a lot to dispel many of the common myths proliferated by extremists from the both the east and west.
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Postby catullus » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:45 am

has anyone read the sequel? review?
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Postby T Sharp » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:46 am

MoapaPk wrote:Now there's a man who deserved the Peace Prize.

Amen to that! I even wrote to Nobel Laureate Obama suggesting he donate his prize money to the Central Asia Institute...he has not written back...yet. Perhaps the Nobel Committee will come to their senses this year, because Greg Mortenson is boots on the ground getting it done! IMHO Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson is a much better read! :D
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Postby WingLady » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:22 pm

catullus wrote:has anyone read the sequel? review?

Yes - I consider "Stones into Schools" (SiS) to be an even better book than "Three Cups of Tea" (3CT). SiS briefly brings the reader up to speed with a quick recap of the events covered in 3CT, and then moves on with the story since that time. Mortenson has spent a great deal of time expanding his school-building projects into Afghanistan, so much of the book focuses on that fascinating country. The tone of the book is much more personal than 3CT -- you get more of a sense of what Mortenson's daily life is. And it's a non-stop life filled with little sleep, way too much ibuprofen, and a constant quest to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible about each new culture of each new region he explores.

The book also gives us a sense of how Mortenson tries to balance his work abroad with his fundraising work back in the States -- and try to squeeze in some time with his wife and kids. You get a true sense of the burnout as well as the passion that keeps him going.

If you want to get a real feel for the fascinating diversity of people, culture, language, and physical environment of Afghanistan, this book is a must. Mortenson's approach to helping others -- taking the time to really get to know them and to respect their culture -- is surely our only hope of building peace anywhere in the world.
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Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson

Postby Cy Kaicener » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:50 pm

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Postby ghazighulamraza » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:14 pm

Thanks for sharing Karrar, I agree with you.
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Obama, Three Cups of Tea

Postby BLong » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:20 am

T Sharp,

Obama gave $100,000 of the funds from the prize to the Central Asian Institute. Brief story. He gave the rest of the money to other worthy organizations.

Three Cups of Tea has really exploded here in Colorado. I constantly hear people talking about it, which is great! Grassroots activism, education, and on-the-group spreading of a peaceful pedagogy -- excellent work Greg Mortenson.
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Postby Karrar Haidri » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:03 pm

Making a difference with education

http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,118947.html
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Postby Karrar Haidri » Mon May 31, 2010 3:21 pm

Greg Mortenson: ‘We empower the people’
http://www.telluridenews.com/articles/2 ... 374720.txt

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Postby MoapaPk » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:38 am

WingLady wrote:
catullus wrote:... And it's a non-stop life filled with little sleep, way too much ibuprofen, and a constant quest to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible about each new culture of each new region he explores.


After reading 3CT, I don't think I could stand to read any more about his sleep deprivation. He's got to back off a little before he has a heart attack. I just donated to CAI, but not as much as Obama. :)
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Postby peladoboton » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:47 am

you have to read the next book...its not as exciting a read, imo, but it really gives the dirt on the political situation.

right up there with Mother Teresa, and the guy who may help us figure out a good path in the mideast.
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