Monday, February 8

3 Cups of Tea Redux

In 1993, Greg Mortenson barely survived a failed attempt to ascend the infamously dangerous K2 in the Himalayas. He was found near death, and nursed back to health, by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village. When he left them, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. 16 years and 131 schools later, Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. "If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. But if you educate a girl, you educate a community."

This incredible phenomenon has spurred fundraising events around the world to help Greg continue his work. Here in Santa Cruz, an art auction took place online, and culminated Feb. 11, with an event at the Rio Theatre. 

My encaustic painting "1 Lump or 2?"

Sets of teacups, paintings, sculptures, all relating to 3 Cups of Tea were included. This event was able to send $19,223.62 to Greg's Central Asia Institute.

Bravo to all who have been a part of this endeavor!

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