One of my favorite quotes is from Chapter5, page 52 from when Mortenson is talking about how his mother invited him to come to her school and talk to the kids about what his plans were for building a school. About a month after visiting the school he talks about a letter he received from his mother and a check that was in the letter. He says that his mother explains that the children launched a “Pennies for Pakistan” drive. The children filled up two forty-gallon trash bags with pennies, resulting in a final price of $623.45. The quote that I love that Greg says is, “Children have taken the first step toward building the school, and they did it with something that’s basically worthless in our society—pennies. But overseas, pennies are moving mountains.”
I really like this passage because the kids took the first steps in helping Greg get to his goal of $12,000 that is needed to finish the school that will consiste of four learning rooms and then one room that will be known as a common room. You would think that of the 580 letters he sent out to adults that they would be the first to respond back to help out with the funds, but it was not. It was the children. This just shows how much impact children do have on the society and no matter how young they are they can help out even in the smallest ways with something that can help another human being.