Fistful Of Promises

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Situated in the geographic center of Asia is a small republic called Tuva. Not many people visit Tuva, located in a remote part of Siberia, about halfway between Moscow and the Pacific Ocean and bordering on Outer Mongolia. It is difficult to travel to Tuva, and for most people there is little reason to visit there except for one fact: it is a severely iodine-deficient region. This deficiency has resulted in varying degrees of loss of intellect, including frequent instances of cretinism among the young children ...
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Fistful of Promises: Trying to Help Tuva's Children

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Situated in the geographic center of Asia is a small republic called Tuva. Not many people visit Tuva, located in a remote part of Siberia, about halfway between Moscow and the Pacific Ocean and bordering on Outer Mongolia. It is difficult to travel to Tuva, and for most people there is little reason to visit there except for one fact: it is a severely iodine-deficient region. This deficiency has resulted in varying degrees of loss of intellect, including frequent instances of cretinism among the young children in the remote western regions of the republic.

Fistful of Promises chronicles author J. W. Green's experiences with this dire problem. He returned many times to Tuva, wanting to help the children of Tuva escape the tragic consequences of living on land that lacks iodine while subsisting on locally grown foods. More importantly, he wanted to solve the problem by involving the local government in a program to ensure trace amounts of iodine reach all Tuvans. Fistful of Promises follows Green through his entire campaign to try to change the thinking and habits of the Tuvans, Asian nomads who may be descendants of Genghis Khan.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781462006939
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Wonderful read. A real eye-opener.

    I recently stumbled upon a book that really held my interest. A friend of mine recommended that I read "Fistful of Promises" by J.W.Green. I believe it is his first book but he managed to convey a story in the most compelling manner. Mr. Green got involved with the government of a small Asian republic called Tuva. It seems that Tuva has had a long history of being a severely iodine-deficient region. This results in a major issue with the development of the local children. When the author became aware of this tragedy, he took it upon himself to organize a campaign to solve this problem. The resulting journey includes both success and heartbreak. The promises that were made by the local government, and eventually broken by them, only encouraged Green to try even harder to get salt into the diet of everyone in Tuva. Did he succeed? That depends. But everyone who has ever thought of how they "could make a difference" in someone's life, will enjoy reading "Fistful of Promises".

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