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Three Cups Of Tea

Updated on February 28, 2013

Changing the world one school at a time

Three Cups of Tea is a remarkably powerful must read. It is a story of one man's vision, to build not just one, but many schools, across some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet for some of the most needy and poor.

A Synopsis of The Book Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson, after a failed attempt at climbing one of the world's highest peaks, K2, stumbles in a daze into a remote and isolated village, Korphe, in rural Pakistan. Here he is treated with respect and kindness, and nurtured back to health. Upon learning that the village had no school, and after watching the eighty two children, seventy eight boys and four girls, kneel on the frosty ground in the open for lessons without a full time teacher (due to the prohibitive cost of $1 per day), Mortenson's heart felt like it was being torn out. Mortenson vowed right then and there to return some day and build a school.

Back in the States, Mortenson lived a modest life, renting a small storage space and living out of his car; he scrimped and saved every cent he made as a night nurse. Through writing letters and requesting donations, eventually Mortenson found a solid donor, Dr. Jean Hoerni. Hoerni made it possible for Mortenson to build that first school in Korphe which eventually spiraled into another school and then another and finally to the creation of The Central Asia Institute (CAI) over which Mortenson presides. Over the next decade, Moretnson and the CAI would build over seventy-five schools as well as women's centers, bridges and much needed irrigation systems.

In pursuit of his goal to build schools and end ignorance through education, Mortenson survived an armed kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and difficult separations from his wife and children. Yet his success speaks for itself.

"Here we drink three cups of tea to do business: the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friends, the third, you join the family and for our family we are prepared to do anything - even die." Haji Ali, Korphie Villiage Chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time

Failure turns to success as Greg Mortenson commits himself to fund raising and building schools, for both boys and girls in Muslim countries. As the book progresses, authors Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts


About The Author Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 to 1973). His father Dempsey, co-founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) - kcmc, a teaching hospital, and his mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi - ismoshi.

Greg Mortenson, in addition to being the co-author Three Cups Of Tea, a New York Times #1 best seller, is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute - ikat , founder of Pennies For Peace - pennies for peace , and author of the bestseller Stones into Schools - stones into schools.

In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan's highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan ("Star of Pakistan") for his dedicated and humanitarian effort to promote education and literacy in rural areas for fifteen years. Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

“Greg Mortenson represents the best of America. He’s my hero. And after you read Three Cups of Tea , he’ll be your hero, too.” -U.S. Representative Mary Bono (R-Calif.)

About the Central Asia Institute

The Central Asia Institute is an organization co-founded by Greg Mortenson to support and promote community based education, especially for girls in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The idea is to educate the people, give them the opportunity and strength to make change in their community and the world through being informed. In addition to education, the CAI has expanded to include service projects which improve health and hygiene, reduce disease, and preserve the environment and culture.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      looks like a great book to read, I shall be getting this.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This sounds like an amazing story, truly uplifting. Good for Greg for all he achieved with his determination to make a difference, and good for you for sharing it here with us too.

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful book - thank you for highlighting it

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Looks like a great read - I'll look out for it!