I recently came across a book entitled Three Cups of Tea. It's a story about an American who is bound and determined to change the world in a positive way. He runs a program of which I plan to support. Greg Mortenson (bio as of August 2008) http://www.threecupsoftea.com/AboutGreg.php On July 24th, 1992, while Greg was on a climb in the, his youngest sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure after a lifelong struggle with epilepsy on the eve of a trip to visit Dysersville, Iowa, where the baseball movie, ‘Field of Dreams’, was filmed in a cornfield. In 1993, to honor his sister’s memory, Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range. Greg made to within 600 m of the summit, but had to give up. Meanwhile another climber experienced pulmonary edema, and Greg and another climber were tasked to get him down to a lower elevation where he could be rescued by helicopter. After the rescue, Greg decided to head home, but on the way back to civilzation, Greg got lost on the Baltoro glacier. He eventually found a small village, Korphe, where the village head took him in. One day while recuperating in Korphe, Mortenson encountered a group of children sitting in the dirt, writing with sticks in the sand, and he made a promise to help them build a school. From that rash promise, grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. As of 2008, Mortenson has established over 78 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 28,000 children, including 18,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before. https://www.ikat.org/about-cai/volunteer/ https://www.ikat.org/publications/2007JOH.pdf - Journey of Hope https://www.ikat.org/publications/2007Brochure.pdf http://www.penniesforpeace.org/ https://www.threecupsoftea.com/ http://www.kpbs.org/radio/these_days;id=10946 http://www.fao.org/mdg/fao_contribution.asp Another Way To Stop Terrorism http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2006/edition_03-05-2006/Mortenson_lede Hope is an emotional state, a belief in a positive outcome even in the face of contrary evidence. Hope often opposes despair, such as a village plagued by poverty that invests in a school. - Karin Ronnow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Mortenson For those wanting to make a positive difference in the world, Greg Mortenson is a stellar example.