Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time is one of those books that just gets under your skin, in a good way. I could not put it down. The story is about an amazing individual named Greg Mortenson who has single-handedly done more for the elimination of illiteracy, the education of woman and the reduction in potential terrorists than anyone on the planet.
Greg Mortenson believes that there is no better investment than the education of our children, especially in third world countries. The estimate in return in one generation is $18 for every $1 invested in education. That’s incredible!
In 1993, Greg attempted to climb K2 (second highest peak in the world) in his sister’s honor who had died the year before. While recovering in the rural Pakistani village of Korphe after being lost for days in the desolate mountainous area, his life dramatically changed. He watched children using sticks in the dirt work out their multiplication tables. He vowed and made a promise that he would come back and build a school for the village.
One year later, he fulfilled that promise. The book details the next 10 + years of dedication, determination, patience, audacity, tenacity, faith, struggle, stubbornness, kindness, compassion and just plain hard work while he built dozens of schools across northern rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s an amazing story of courage that has transformed the lives of tens of thousand of children in this region.
Reading this book will give you a completely different view and perspective of the people that live here, their complicated/convoluted politics, the Muslim people in general and what effect one person can have on so many.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Greg Mortenson’s website
Central Asia Institute (Greg is co-founder and executive director. This is the non-profit body that supplies the money for the educational projects)
Greg Mortenson’s Blog
Three Cups of Tea website
Pennies for Peace website