Entering week 5 on the New York Times chidren’s best sellers list is Greg Mortenson’s youth adaptation of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time. All editions (of three, the last being a picture book!) tell the story of his mission to build schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan.
His dedicated journey begins:
“In 1993 Mortenson was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. Exhausted and disoriented, he wandered away from his group into the most desolate reaches of northern Pakistan. Alone, without food, water, or shelter he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.
While recovering he observed the village’s 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher. When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. From that rash, heartfelt promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.”
The youth edition includes a forward by Dr. Jane Goodall and an interview with Mr. Mortenson’s daughter. Addressing structural discord and the great need for education, Mortenson’s personal journey towards this life of service is admirable. One man’s journey has transformed a hundreds of lives and now the story is being shared. It’s really inspiring and heartening to see readers so enthused by this journey and it gives great hope to see ever more work being created to convey both the neighborly and local and global actions we can create to address the needs and dreams of our fellow humans.
Do please check out these books for adults and little ones in your lives. You never know what wild possibilities it will encourage for peace!