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Central Asia Institute

Rating: 3.37 stars   60 reviews 16,525


PO Box 7209 Bozeman MT 59771 USA


We empower communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls; to promote peace through education; and to convey the importance of these activities globally.


Central Asia Institute was started in 1996. Since then we have built 189 schools, supported 120 schools, 65 vocational & literacy programs, 14 community programs, 37 public health programs, 11 scholarship programs, and 14 teacher support programs. This past year we positively impacted over 100,000 people through CAI supported programs.

Target demographics:

empowering girls and women in Central Asia

Geographic areas served:

Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Tajikistan


We build schools, provide ongoing support to schools and children, women's vocational centers & literacy programs, public health programs, community programs, teacher training programs and scholarship programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've set up our donations to Central Asia Institute to be deducted monthly automatically. This ensures we continue to support this admirable, far reaching, non profit organization. With two daughters of our own, we feel good about making education a reality for girls in challenging environments.

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Rating: 5 stars  

With all the talk in this election cycle about “winning the war on terrorism”, very little has been said about fostering peace. CAI has determined that the best way to foster peace is through providing education to people who need it, especially women and children. This has been their focus since the beginning, and I couldn’t be prouder to support. If your tax dollars go to fighting wars, send your donation dollars to create peace. And, perhaps, with this model, we could better educate our own population and elect enlightened leaders to instill real peace throughout the world!

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAI against difficulties both internal and external has succeeded beyond expectations. My wife and I have been regular supporters of CAI since reading "THREE CUPS OF TEA". Education of girls is the key to peace. No one has done more with less in this area than CAI.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The work done by CAI is critical to improving the health of the populations in the areas they serve. Educating girls in particular decreases family sizes, increases maternal age at first birth, and increases rates of vaccination and extended breastfeeding. Providing education for children allows them to envision a future in which they can surpass the roles their culture would place them in. It allows local children to become nurses, doctors, and engineers who return to serve their home villages. Please continue to support this critical work.
Eric Holden PA, DHSc
Doctor of Health Science & Global Health
CAI Monthly Donor

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think the future of the human race depends on educated people and so was drawn by the effort to educate girls and women to better care for families. I appreciate the efforts to include young school children in more advantageous circumstances to participate as well. The beautifully illustrated reports are very informative. I feel that my contributions can really make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first read Greg Morteson's book "Three cups of tea" about 7 years ago. That's when my life changed! . I was left in awe of this simple man's spirit and determination to help those who so desperately need help. His courage and perseverance, putting his life at risk several times for strangers... not many people do. So I called the number at the end of the book and started my monthly donations. I am tremendously pleased with the progress of his organization CAI, and am very proud to be a donor. So many young girls now have a future because of him and and others like myself. He is a true inspiration and I wish one day to meet Mr. Mortenson so that I can shake his hand and say 'Thank You' for all that you have done. He is truly one person that I can say has literally changed the world! If you're a reader you must get his first book at least "three cups of tea".

Fazia Khan
Very proud supporter and donor.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were looking for a group that was helping in an area of need that wasn't being addressed by other organizations. CAI was the only group that we were aware of that was helping girls get an education in some of the remotest villages on the planet. CAI has been a consistent and growing presence in helping these villages set up schools where there had been none. CAI has been there to help the villages rebuild their schools when nature has shaken them to the ground. Their efforts and those of the villages they are helping have over time born the fruit of educated young women who have returned to their communities as teachers, healthcare providers and other professions. These returning young women are inspirations for the girls and boys in their communities to strive for something different and to give back. What more would one want from a donation?

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Rating: 4 stars  

I remember way back in 2006, it was a rainy night on march 20, that I met Greg Mortensen
on his book promotion of Three Cups of Teas on El camino Real, Palo Alto, California.

I admired his passion for building schools for girls in such remote and barren region and echoed my belief that world peace through education, especially so in middle east where
most girls don't have opportunity to get educated.

it has been more than a decade since i became a donor of Central Asia Institute and i will continue to do so because the world is in need of our efforts more than ever.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I believe it is important to educate girls and women especially in countries that don't usually do this. It not only helps the girls when they become adults and have families of their own but helps the villages they live in to advance too. I think the world will be a better place when everyone, man or woman has a chance to be educated. Building schools in central Asia is a beginning and I am happy to know that many girls have received an education due to my donations.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was initially inspired by Three Cups of Tea - the story of how the idea of building schools in remotest parts of Asia all started. I have been a campaigner for the global environment for decades, and also for women's rights to control their own fertility - only when soaring rates of population growth are cut almost to zero, will efforts to conserve the natural environment really succeed. Vital to this is the education of girls, so that they can aspire to a wider future than constant child-bearing. As teachers, doctors, lawyers they will power the development of more harmonious societies.

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