Greg Mortenson educates Castilleja

Greg Mortenson
Founder and
Executive Director of
Central Asia Institute and
Pennies For
Co-author of
Three Cups of Tea 



Greg Mortenson grew up on the
slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro,Tanzania
from 1958 to 1973. His father, Irvin, established a hospital, Kilimanjaro
Christian Medical
Center, and his mother, Jerene, founded the Moshi International School.  Mortenson served as a medic in
the U.S. Army in Germany
during the Cold War, where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and later
graduated from the University
of South
  Dakota in 1983.

His lifelong interest in
mountaineering culminated in a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s
treacherous K2, the world’s second highest mountain,
which changed his life.  Since then, Mortenson has
dedicated his life as a humanitarian devoted to promote education, especially
for girls, in remote, often volatile regions of Pakistan
and Afghanistan.

By 2007, he has established over
58 schools through his nonprofit, Central Asia Institute, which provides
education to over 24,000 children (about 14,000 girls), in areas where children
previously had few education opportunities.

source: Three Cups of Tea website: "About Greg"


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