This is a true story about how a mountain climber having lost his way, is rescued by the people from an obscure and isolated village high in the mountains of Pakistan. As Greg Mortenson was nursed back to health, the village chief showed him where the children had their school lessons. It consisted of a bare plot of dirt where they scratched their lessons into the dry soil. Greg was so moved that he promised he would build them a proper school. Upon returning to his home in the United States, he began a journey that has not only changed his life but the lives of many thousands of people, all thru the sharing of a cup of tea and the book that resulted there from.
This book taught me about the Pakistani and Afghan people in a way that I had never understood. It described the isolated villages scattered throughout the tall, sharp peaks of the mountain ranges that make up much of their countries. As I read, I understood why simply employing force and firearms will not bring understanding nor peace to these regions.
Over the many years since first stumbling into the village of Korfu, Greg has now built hundreds of schools in villages scattered throughout both Pakistan and later Afganistan. His quiet manner has enabled him to bring schools to areas deep in Taliban strongholds with little opposition. His philosophy that by understanding the people, and helping them to reach goals that they set for themselves is the way to achieving peace and understanding.
I am a believer and you will be too.
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Three Cups of Tea is a New York Times bestselling book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin published by Penguin in 2006. The book describes Mortenson's transition from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He did this by co-founding the "Central Asia Institute," which has built over 78 schools in the most remote areas of the countries.