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Hearing Greg Mortenson Speak

by on October 27, 2010


I had the opportunity to hear Greg Mortenson speak at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in March 2008.  My car filled with Three Cups of Tea fans had an extremely inspirational day.

Greg started out by greeting the crowd, “As-Salaam Alaaikum.” (peace be with you in Arabic) He promotes peace, which he feels brings hope.  He signed my book “The Real Enemy is Ignorance.”

Greg grew up in Africa with a slower pace of life and few modern things.  I feel this has helped him  relate to people and conditions in Pakistan.  Both he and his father had the goal of getting the local people involved, so they felt ownership and eventually could run the programs. Greg is now seeing the school projects being built and run by competent  Afghan and Pakistani people.

I look forward to meeting this kind, gentle man again.  He is truly my hero.

Julie Zahs

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