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Three cups of tea as a recipe for education and peace

Three Cups of Tea is the inspiring story of Greg Mortenson's project to provide education, especially for girls, in the remote parts of Pakistan.  He was a mountaineer who tried to climb K2 and then arrived in a poor village where he received a kind and caring welcome.  In return he made a promise to build a school for the village.  He made good on the promise but that was only the beginning.  His Central Asia Institute has now built many more schools in terrain that is difficult not just because ot the mountains but also because of conflicts and fighting.

The book has sold very well and has even influenced senior military commanders in the USA. 

Greg Mortenson's childhood and his parents may have sown the seeds of his humanitarian work now.  He spent time in Tanzania as a child, where his parents started a school and a hospital. 

I must admit that I have yet to read Three Cups of Tea.  What am I doing recommending the book, you may ask.  Well I have been reading a second book, Stones into Schools, and it continues the story into Afghanistan with more schools and other humanitarian projects. 

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