Three Cups of TeaFeb 15th, 2008 | By Rachael Marchbanks | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Media Reviews
By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Penguin Books (2007)
Review by Rachael Marchbanks
In 1993 an American mountaineer, Greg Mortenson, embarked on a journey to climb K2, the second highest mountain on earth located on the northeastern border of Pakistan. Mortenson nearly died in his attempt to summit, yet found meaning in his failure when an elder from Korphe, a remote tribal village, took him in and nursed him back to health. Stirred by the benevolence of the community and shocked by its poverty, Mortenson promised to return and help build their long-held dream – a school for their children.
Considering the obstacles he confronted in fulfilling his promise, perhaps a less-determined person would have changed his mind. Initially combining his meager savings with a relatively small donation from a French benefactor, Mortenson spearheaded the construction of not just one but 55 schools over the next ten years.
An inspiring true story, 3 Cups of Tea demonstrates the difference education can make in not just a community but a whole country. An important book for anyone involved in education, I highly recommend it.
Rachael Marchbanks is publisher of Tribal College Journal.