Three Cups of Tea
In 1993, Greg Mortenson tried but was unsuccessful to climb the world’s second highest mountain, K2. While climbing the mountain, he gets lost in the Karakoram region of Pakistan and soon after meanders into a poor isolated village of Korphe. The village people immediately helped Mortenson and nursed him back to health and then met the chief of Korphe, Haji Ali. Shortly after, Mortenson watched kids writing in the dirt with sticks trying to learn and study with no assistance from a teacher. Before he left the village, Mortenson assured the people that he would return to Korphe one day and repay them by building a new school because of their thoughtfulness and compassion. Mortenson lives in California as a trauma nurse, where he lives in a car that he inherited from his grandma and keeps all of his possessions in a storage building. He sold all of his belongings to go back to the small village and build a school. The promise that he told the people of Korphe effected their lives forever and he was able to get several thousand children to attend school once it was built. Greg Mortenson was on a one-man expedition to change lives one school at a time by building schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Three Cups of Tea relates to several concepts I’ve learned in class such as: the effects religion has on the small villages, cultural differences, and terrorism. In this book, religion has a huge impact on the villages. For example in chapter 12, Sher Tahki, the religious leader of Korphe, prayed and asked for Allah’s blessing and guidance as they began work on the school. Cultural differences impacted Three Cups of Tea in many ways. Mortenson grew up in Africa, and learned to treat cultures that were different than his with respect. When he first visited Korphe, he wanted to contribute to the lives of the villagers, but as Mortenson continuously returned, he tried hard to become a part of the community. He started to have...
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