I’m currently about half way through Greg Mortenson’s book “Stones into Schools“. His book “Three cups of Tea” about his work building schools (mainly but not exclusively for girls in the remote Karakoram mountains in Pakistan) was both riveting and inspiring but “Stones into Schools” (about his work extending the school building into Afghanistan) is even more so.
Please take the time to buy (I have included the Amazon links for convenience only) or borrow the books (perhaps from your local library) and read them and be inspired to find out more.
Here are Amazon’s book summaries:
Three cups of Tea –
“Here we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything – even die’ – Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan. In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted, cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. “Three Cups of Tea” is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools – especially for girls – in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.”
Stones into Schools –
“In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women – all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.”
Perhaps you might contribute to his work at:
Central Asia Institute
USA registered 501(C)3 nonprofit organization
Pennies For Peace
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time
#1 New York Times Bestseller Book
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
New York Times Bestseller Book