Coming Together Can Have a Big Impact

While I was reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, there was a point where he had people of all different faiths sit around a table together, and they set aside their specific beliefs and focused on the task at hand. Mind you that these men belonged to opposing faiths and where they were it was normal to kill someone for entering a geographic area that belongs to another sect. Mortenson thought to himself that if he could accomplish this meeting with these men – then together they could accomplish anything they set their minds to.

Here is Greg Mortenson with a group of village children who he helped make a school for.

It seems obvious that if you come together with other people that the goal you have will be reached; but it is harder to do than it sounds. This week we had to reach out to community groups and organizations to see if they would work with us on the school supplies drive and out of all of the emails we sent to our previous teachers, there was only one that responded.

Hoping for a much larger response, it was very disappointing but my group and I will not give up! We are going down to our old high school and we are going to make it happen! We created a special PowerPoint presentation just for the occasion and we are ready to blow them away with our ideas.

This experience has also reminded me of how Mortenson sent out more than 500 letters and got basically no feedback, but he did not give up either and just look where he is now (author of two New York Times bestsellers, 180+ schools built in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of course the nonprofit he founded, the Central Asia Institute)! I figure if he was able to sleep in his car, homeless, for several months then we can march on out to all of our local connections and realize our goal one way or another.

To aid in our cause and a cause of the world, to promote peace, education and friendship between nations and between people, visit the link below. Do your part and educate children so that they can have a better life and not be recruited to the Taliban.

Children asking for school supplies the U.S. and Afghan military brought to their village so that they could go to school. Photo by SMSgt Temple, 2010.


About arantzazugarate

I am a student in the Honors College at the University of South Florida working with my classmates to bring education to Afghanistan's children.
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