Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Three Cups of Tea

After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's second highest peak, former mountain climber Greg Mortenson found himself welcomed into a small village in northern Pakistan. As his health slowly improved, he soaked in every aspect of life in Korphe. He was amazed at the way the people survived on so little, and heartbroken to find out that the children had nowhere to go to school. By the time he was well enough to return home to the US, Mortenson had become determined that he could make a difference, and he vowed to come back some day and build them a school.

Now, thirteen years later, a cozy school house with several classrooms stands in the little village of Korphe, and over 70 other schools have been established throughout remote villages in central Asia. As director of the Central Asia Institute, Mortenson's work centers around building schools for children and advocating for the education for girls. He has endured countless hardships while attempting to reach his goals, but perservered nonetheless. His story, published in a book called Three Cups of Tea, is a powerful account of how one man's determination can positively affect the lives of many.

Read more about it here.