Three Cups of Tea: Promoting Peace

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is an inspiring account of one man’s work to build schools in some of the most dangerous areas of Asia.

Greg Mortenson with some of the Korphe children

In 1993, Greg Mortenson, an experienced mountain climber, sets out to conquer the world’s second highest mountain, K2, in hopes of placing his recently deceased sister’s necklace on top. After his struggles to climb and his eventual failed attempt, Mortenson finds himself in the tiny city of Korphe, a town full of impoverished and malnourished children.

Greg can’t ignore the desperate attempts of the children to learn, as he watches them in the most inclement weather using sticks in the dirt to complete math problems. Determined to change the lives of these children and to repay the community for their honest hospitality, Mortenson dedicates himself fully (and I stress fully) to a promise of returning and building a school for its children.

After his return to America, Mortenson sends out hundreds of letters to the rich and famous, explaining his plan and asking for small donations to help. Jean Hoerni, a dying Silicon Valley pioneer, is the sole dedicator, writing Mortenson a check for 12,000, in exchange for a photo of the school before his death.

Greg spends the next few years traveling from American to Korphe, saving as much money as he can and balancing his new wife and child.

Three Cups of Tea will take you on Mortenson’s adventure and inspire anyone who believes that one person can make a huge difference.

Christina Paone

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