Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Pennies Can Move Mountains
Mortenson was trying to get funding for the school he promised to build in Korphe and had written senators, celebrities, and everyone he could think of to ask for money. He sent 580 letters and the only response he got was from his mother. His mother worked at a school and had presented the issue to the students who then launched a "Pennies for Pakistan" drive. Commenting on the generosity of the students, Mortenson says, "Children had 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 can move mountains” (52). The children had collected $623.45 to help the other children. The phrase “pennies can move mountains” really speaks to the character of Mortenson and how appreciative he is of the dedication and generosity of the students. I picked this because it reminds me of a bible verse that says something to the effect of having faith as small as a mustard seed and saying to a mountain move from here to there and it will. This connects to the ongoing idea of helping the kids, but this time the roles are reversed.