Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, by Greg Mortenson

By Greg Mortenson

From the writer of the number one bestseller Three Cups of Tea, the continued tale of this made up our minds humanitarian’s efforts to advertise peace via education

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson choices up the place Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to set up faculties for ladies in Afghanistan; his wide paintings in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a huge earthquake hit the quarter in 2005; and the original methods he has equipped relationships with Islamic clerics, defense force commanders, and tribal leaders. He stocks for the 1st time his broader imaginative and prescient to advertise peace via schooling and literacy, in addition to bearing on army issues, Islam, and women—all woven including the various wealthy own tales of the folk who've been fascinated about this awesome two-decade humanitarian effort.

because the 2006 booklet of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled around the U.S. and the area to proportion his imaginative and prescient with thousands of individuals. He has met with heads of nation, best army officers, and prime politicians who all search his suggestion and perception. the ongoing out of the ordinary good fortune of Three Cups of Tea proves that there's an keen and dedicated viewers for Mortenson’s paintings and message.

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I was about to take another swallow of the nemek choi (salt tea) that we had been sipping all morning to ward off the wind and the sleet, but my hand halted when the cup was halfway to my lips, then returned the cup to the ground and gently placed it there while I watched the horsemen advance. It was not a spectacle one could witness in an offhand manner. There were fourteen riders, coming fast through a scrim of cold rain, and even from the distance of nearly a thousand yards, the timeworn music of their cavalry—the hollow clomping of the hoofbeats and the metallic clanking of steel in the horses’ mouths—cleaved the alpine air.

It was in Korphe that I was provided with shelter, food, tea, and a bed. And it was in Korphe one afternoon during my recuperation that I stumbled across eighty-two children sitting outside writing their lessons with sticks in the dirt, with no teacher in sight. One of those young students was a girl named Chocho, and somehow she got me to promise the community that I would someday return and build them a school. The fulfillment of that promise involves a tale that recounts my fumbling efforts in Berkeley, where I worked as a nurse, to sell my car, my climbing gear, and all of my books in order to raise the necessary money—and the subsequent chain of events through which a lost mountaineer eventually came to discover his life’s calling by fostering education and literacy in the impoverished Muslim villages of the western Himalayas.

Greg’s philosophy is not complicated. He believes quite sincerely that the conflict in Afghanistan will ultimately not be won with guns and air strikes, but with books, notebooks, and pencils, the tools of socioeconomic well-being. To deprive Afghan children of education, he tells us, is to bankrupt the future of the country, and doom any prospects of Afghanistan becoming someday a more prosperous and productive state. Despite fatwas issued against him, despite threats from the Taliban and other extremists, he has done everything he can to make sure that this does not happen.

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