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Three Cups of Tea

One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time (One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations, One School at a Time) is a book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The book narrates Mortenson's transformation from a registered nurse and mountain climber to a humanitarian committed to lessen poverty and promote education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the origin of his humanitarian efforts, Mortenson co-founded the Central Asia Institute (CAI), a non-profit team that has announced overseeing the building of over 171 schools as of 2010. CAI reported that these schools give education to over 64,000 kids, including 54,000 girls, in the remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where few education opportunities previously survived.

The book's title was influenced by a saying Haji Ali shared with Mortenson: The first time you take tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you share tea, you are an esteemed guest. The third time you take a cup of tea, you become family. The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to utilize education to battle terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard.

Do you want to build schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in India?

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