It started out all well intentioned, looked really legimate until even Greg’s own board members, staffers , charity watchdogs and former donors were complaining about his ethical practices. All inquieries prooved that this guy is a fraud. It started out real good for his Central Asia Institute but the guy had to be greedy and inflate anything he has done good.
He would lecture in front of several thousand people and receive $30,000 per session. He told stories that were heartfelt. In the book he describes how he supposedly in 1993 tried to hike up the world’s tallest mountain K2 to honor his dead sister. How he got lost from his party on the descent and stumbled into a tiny village and was befriended by the people there. He tells of how he discovered 84 children in the back of the village writing their school lessons with sticks in the dust. It is a heartwarming exotic tale that has inspired millions of people to buy his books, and he even duped our President.
Even photographs he took of himself with villagers in the remote valley of Pakistan are false. Most of his most touching and harrowing tales in the book are greatly exacerbated or just plain false. He wrote about a kidnapping in the book and also made reference to it in his follow up book “Stones into Schools.” His 1996 photograph of his alleged captors turn out to be cousins of people that live there who said they never kidnapped anyone ever.
Ironically, his charity has been around for 14 years and was hardly ever investigated. There is the AIP the American Institute of Philanthropy a charity watch dog group that investigated that he spent charity money on private jets, advertising for his lectures and books, more money than any spent on schools or books for the children. The charity received little or no income from the sales of his books or from his speaking engagements. He listed $1.7 Million spent in book -related expenses that included private jet transportation and represents more than they spent on schools in Pakistan.
Obama, you have a good heart and always wants to do well for our country but at least investigate where you donate your money and make sure it is a legitimate fair charity.