Nobel Peace Prize nominee to speak in Montréal
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson, coauthor of Three Cups of Tea
, will be a speaker at the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Photo courtesy of Greg Mortenson
Greg Mortenson, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time , will speak to Rotarians at the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Mortenson is cofounder and executive director of the Central Asia Institute, which promotes and supports community-based education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has established or significantly supported 131 schools in rural areas, often within war zones, providing education to 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls who might not otherwise have had the opportunity.
In March, Mortenson received the Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan), the country's highest civil award, for his efforts to promote education and literacy.
In Three Cups of Tea , Mortenson chronicles his transition from an unsuccessful climb of the world's second-tallest mountain, K2, in northern Pakistan in 1993, to his subsequent decision to establish schools in the most isolated regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While recovering from his arduous mountain climb in a poor, remote village, Mortenson met a group of children doing schoolwork in the dirt. To show his gratitude to the villagers who nursed him back to health, he promised to help build a school there.
Mortenson was among 205 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, awarded 9 October to U.S. President Barack Obama.
Other keynote speakers at the Montréal convention will include Jo Luck , president and CEO of Heifer International, and Robert Mazzuca , chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America.
Watch a video on how Rotary clubs partnered with Heifer International to deliver fresh milk from rural farmers to children in Romanian orphanages and hospitals.
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