LIMA, PERU: There is little doubt in the fact that Greg Mortenson has been able to change the lives of thousands of children, especially girls, and their families in some of the most neglected and rugged areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. There may be some truth with regards to the exaggeration of work accomplished and mismanagement of funds, but that shouldn’t be all that unexpected given the nature of the man’s work. Also, we should consider the fact that he is doing a host of things on various fronts and that sometimes he operates from thousands of miles away.
Whatever the programme is saying, there should be no doubt that he has been able to accomplish a monumental task and at a fraction of the cost compared to if the US government or other aid agencies were carrying it out. The book is a great read and the fact of the matter is that we need more hard-working and committed people around the globe like Greg.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2011.
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