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

by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0670034827 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ThymeWaits of Tonawanda, New York USA on 2/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by ThymeWaits from Tonawanda, New York USA on Thursday, February 22, 2007
This is an amazing book. What this guy does, on his own, to establish girls' schools in Pakistan makes me very hopeful for the future. There are people out there doing great work.

Journal Entry 2 by ThymeWaits from Tonawanda, New York USA on Sunday, April 22, 2007
Speaking of Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin writes in the introduction:

"One evening, he went to bed by a yak dung fire a mountaineer who'd lost his way, and one morning, by the time he'd shared a pot of butter tea with his hosts and laced up his boots, he'd become a humanitarian who'd found a meaningful path to follow for the rest of his life."
Mortenson had signed on as the medical person for a team ascending K2, one of the world's tallest peaks. After failing to summit and feeling like a failure, he took a wrong turn and got lost – twice - while descending the mountain. He was emaciated and exhausted when he chanced upon the village of Korphe in northern Pakistan. The first person he met was the village chief, Haji Ali, who extended the hospitality of his tribe to this lone traveler. Though members of his team found him, he felt an affinity toward this village and chose to remain in Korphe to recuperate.

He was accepted into the chief's home and got to know the villagers. He was moved by the children, eager to learn, taking their lessons outside and writing in the dirt. There was no school; the Pakistani government cannot meet the educational needs of its children, especially in the remote areas. Mortenson promised to return to Korphe and build them a school.

There is a tradition of climbers taking on humanitarian projects. Sir Edmund Hilary's first was a three-room school in Nepal built in 1961. He went on to built 27 schools, 12 clinics and 2 airfields. But that was for Buddhists. Mortenson was looking to build a school in Muslim Pakistan. As Mortenson's benefactor is reported to have said, "Americans care about Buddhists, not Muslims. This guy's not going to get any help. I'm going to have to make this happen." Jean Hoerni financed Mortenson's school in Korphe, and he financed the bridge to get the school building materials to the village. He also financed to set up the Central Asia Institute, which continues to build more schools under the directorship of Mortenson.

Through this book we see Muslims, rural Pakistani Muslims, as parents trying to do the best for their children, willing to physically build the schools to give the children an education. Mortenson's premise is that by making available schools that provide good basic education, there is a choice over the militaristic, terrorist training camps.

Not many people could endure two or three-month absences from home, not abduction and detention, nor transport in the bed of a pickup truck hidden under a pile of goat carcasses. Mortenson barrels through on conviction and determination. What he asks of us is this: suggest this book to reading groups, ask your local library to shelve a copy, keep the buzz going, write a review. I can do that!

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Midge Bork, 2007



Journal Entry 3 by ThymeWaits at Panera Bread, Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst, New York USA on Saturday, November 10, 2007

Released 11 yrs ago (11/10/2007 UTC) at Panera Bread, Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst, New York USA

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Going to the Oakville bookcrossing meeting today.

Journal Entry 4 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 11, 2007
Picked this up at the meetup yesterday.

Journal Entry 5 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 27, 2008
I know that a few of the ladies in my book group want to read this, so Im offering it today in a live swap at our meetup.

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 27, 2008
I put this book on my wish list today.... and got the book today lol Talk about good timing!

Looks good - thanks Chronic!

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Greg Mortenson was a mountaineer and set out to climb K2, the world's second highest peak. He didn't quite reach the top before he had to turn around due to bad weather and trek back down the mountain. At some point, he was separated from his team and his guide and wandered aimlessly through Pakistan, trying to find a village or someone that could help him. When Mortenson finally does come across a village, he learns a bit about their culture and sees that the children of the village have to learn outside, and only when it's not winter because it would be too cold. Mortenson vows to return to the village and build a school for them.

Once home, Mortenson writes hundreds of letters to try and get the money to make good on his word. He eventually flies back to Pakistan with just enough money to build a school. The rest of the book shows his trials and tribulations with funding, building, culture, connections, ignorance, and terrorism.

Mortenson's story is amazing. Talk about a mission in life! Mortenson gives a strong message of promoting peace through education, particularly of females. As one of his friends from Pakistan says: "the enemy is ignorance". The argument is presented that if we were to educate rather than drop bombs, we'd likely be much more successful at preventing terrorism. Mortenson's wife should also be commended for putting up with his continuous absences so that he can help make the world a better place.

This is the best kind of advertisement that Mortenson could ever hope for his organization. Mortenson is an inspiration and it's great to know that people are out there doing things like this for the world.

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Mailed off today to GateGypsy! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by GateGypsy from Ladysmith, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This just arrived today! Thanks so much, Hoserlauren!

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