Today's review is for
Three Cups of Tea
It was under the category: A Book About a Culture you are Unfamiliar With
This is the story of Greg Mortenson who has built over 100 schools in Pakistan. He was a climber who was climbing K2 and failed. He became very ill, and ended up in the village of Korphe where they cared for him until he was well. While he was there, he got to know the people and their need for a school. Inspired and outraged, he went home to figure out how he could raise the $12,000 needed to build a school. As a single, registered nurse, he didn't have any money to do this himself. He wrote over 500 letters, but finally one person offered to fund the school in its entirety. He returned and built the school. When his generous giver died, he left Greg 1 million dollars to start a foundation to build more schools and help the people of Pakistan. The need for good schools - especially for girls - was large. So were bridges and running water. Great set out to do all of those things and succeeded. Girls are not going to school and going on to college because of what he did. He set out to prove that knowledge is power and it can change a society.
This was a great book. I was fascinated by the Pakistan culture and also by the kindness the people showed a white man from America. I learned more about the true meaning of what it means to be a Muslim (kindness and giving and brotherhood) and the different between those who are truly religious and those who are not. It was interesting to see how what we would consider cheaply built schools could change the lives of 1000s and 1000s of children and change their futures.
Great book. I encourage you to read it.