POLITICIAN, author and Harvard professor Rory Stewart MP was at Stamford School last Thursday to give a speech.
The talk, the latest in a series of inspirational Stamford Endowed Schools Foundation Lectures, had an audience of 300 parents, staff and pupils.
Rory’s theme was Engaging other Cultures and he talked about his journey across war-stricken Afghanistan and his personal experiences of Afghani culture and tradition. He later set up a charity in Kabul.
One particular highlight was hearing about a villager who guided him for three-and-a-half hours through a snowstorm to ensure that he was safe, before making the same trip back to his own village. He also talked about achieving stability by supporting the local people through focused project work.
Since 2006 Rory has been building up his charity, Turquoise Mountain, which is a non-governmental organisation investing in the development of Afghanistan’s traditional crafts and the rehabilitation of the commercial heart of the old city of Kabul.
It currently employs 350 Afghani people with only two international representatives.
He ended his lecture by saying that anyone can be a hero in their life if they seize the day and continue to aspire to new goals.