I highly recommend this book. I am about halfway through it but it is a wonderful read.Greg Mortenson the writer of this book has started 55 schools in the remotest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.The schools he starts are mainly for girls who otherwise would not be able to get any type of education.. He proves that one man just like you and I can do great things.He believes as do I that the best way to combat terrorism is to build individual relationships with others and provide the youth a chance to get an education.He started the Central Asia Institute to promote and continue this work.
In this book he speaks to the culture shock he feels as he goes between the privileged world and the third world.I often feel that I don't possess the ability to do great things like this in the world but I know there is something I can do right here where I live. I think there is need everywhere for compassion toward our fellow man if only we look. I have decided that one of the things I want to do is become a literacy volunteer. This is an obvious choice for me given my love of reading and all things bookish. I cannot imagine not being able to read and through a workplace program that my employer provides they will donate 3 hours of my base pay per hour a month to whatever literacy program I volunteer for so it is a win/win situation for all.
I am really inspired by Jen Lemen and her desire to help her friend Odette I encourage you to go to her blog and read their story.I also encourage you to go to Ali Edwards blog and view her thoughts on telling our stories.
Thanks for all your encouragement toward me and I just want to thank all of you for continuing to stick with me and be my friends.Have a good rest of the week. I will be back this weekend. This is the week I work 4 12 hour shifts out of 5 days.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Myanmar.
Off to cook Tiki Masala for supper.