I found out about CAI over 10 years ago through Greg Mortensen's books, recommended by my in-laws. I am a regular contributor and continue to follow their work in remote regions and especially applaud their commitment to girls education. CAI are true ambassadors for peace and justice.
I was a middle school librarian when I first heard about Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea. What a story to tell. The idea that Greg would honor a request to build a school to educate the girls of the village where they saved his life was an amazing venture. But to continue to build schools throughout that area where access is so limited and strife is unlimited shows the depth of character that Greg Mortenson has. He has personally overseen so many of the projects and seen the great need. From schools for girls, he expanded to helping the women of the villages by providing training for them. Then he found scholarships to send girls to University. So many other projects have come true. He has a huge heart. His ability to genuinely connect with the locals so that the projects became their own is what has made CAI a success.
Many years ago I was fortunate enough to hear him in person and meet him when he came to our small community with a presentation of his work with CAI. Greg personifies what it means to be humble at heart. He should never have been vilified in the press the way he was. Those people had no personal idea about his work, and the damage they did at the time was shameful.
I have donated to CAI since the beginning of their mission. I have given out his books to many, many friends. I am a firm believer that education, especially of women, is the only way to bring peace to world full of hatred and strife.
Thanks to all of you at CAI, and thank you, Greg, for all the sacrifices you make and all the many wondrous things you have done. I know that the harsh winter has done great damage to projects, and I hope that those of us who have so much will donate so that the people there in those remote areas can continue on with their mission.
I first read "Three Cups of Tea" back in 2009. A story of Greg Mortenson's failed journey up Mt. K2 and his subsequent involvement with educating girls and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the founding of the Central Asia Institute (CAI).
Every since - I've become more and more convinced that in the future we will look back and see that peace and prosperity in that region of the world improved when sustained efforts to educate and empower girls and women started through the efforts of the CAI and others.
I've followed CAI over these last 8 years - through thick and thin - and have been and continue to be a proud supporter of their efforts. The CAI's commitment and persistence to accomplishing the mission is inspiring.
I hope you will also help them in their efforts to bring real and lasting change and prosperity to the communities they serve.
I am an elementary school teacher, giving my life to try to help children have a great foundation for their futures. I heard about Greg Mortenson's dream to thank a Himalayan village for saving his life by honoring them with books for the children - and then by fulfilling the ambitious effort to build them a bridge and a school.
I heard how surprised Greg was that the funding ended up coming from students saving coins in their classrooms and sending it to him. His story moved my heart and my class joined in the mission to fund him. We found it very exciting!
Greg's vision has grown into a mission to impact local people's views toward peace by bringing provision from America to local people through education. He believes the most powerful people to educate are girls simply because they grow into mothers - and mothers stick around and will teach their children. This is a powerful idea.
At the time I began supporting CAI the teachers in their schools worked for $1 a day. I realized I could give $30 a month and empower another teacher's work in educating eager students. What a great investment! I have been personally supporting CAI through monthly donation for a decade and will continue. I hope you will join me.
We donate monthly to CAI and have always been impressed with the amazing work they do to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Like so many others, I was inspired by "Three Cups of Tea" to get involved with CAI's work for education in the area of Afghanistan, etc.
The help CAI gives to develop educational facilities, especially for girls in a male-dominated society, is wonderful, and it deserves every help and support.
Peace through education, peace through tolerance can be achieved, even though it is a long, stony road - please, get involved; every Penny helps!
Who says one person couldn't change the world? Well Greg Mortensen proved that he could when he stated CAI so many years ago. After reading his first book three cups of tea, I became a donor. That was 10 years ago. I was so moved and impressed by his ability to integrate into this far away culture and become one of them. He is a true hero and I hope many more supporters will continue to Carry on his legacy! My wish is to meet him on day.
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".
Very proud supporter and donor.
This is a fantastic organization doing critical work to educate children, primarily girls but also boys, and to train women to become teachers, health care workers, as well as learn other vocational skills. They are a non political group, primarily located in Afghanistan and Pakistan. their mission is to promote peace through education, and they work closely with each local community which must actively participate in planning and building a school, donating land and in many other ways. CAI's annual or semi annual magazine is beautifully done with wonderful personal and informative stories and articles and pictures, and their yearly calendar is a favorite of mine and a Christmas present to several of my friends. I urge you to support them and their wonderful work. Sharmila Hoffman, Mountain View, CA