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Causes: International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Vision: To unlock the full potential of girls and women through education. When girls and women thrive, their families, communities, and nations prosper. Educate a girl. Change the world. Mission: To promote education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women, in the remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Results: Central Asia Institute was established in 1996, since then we have initiated around 500 projects and helped hundreds of thousands of people across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.

Target demographics: empowering girls and women in Central Asia

Direct beneficiaries per year: 63,647 people

Geographic areas served: Central Asia

Programs: building and repairing schools, providing support to schools and students, women's vocational centers & literacy programs, public health programs, community programs, teacher training programs and scholarship programs.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie B.7

Donor

Rating: 5

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." An eternally famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, and one of the many reasons why I have chosen to dedicate my life to education, and one of the reasons why I chose to donate to CAI. Thru the CAI institute, children from some of the most impoverished part of our world can receive an education that they so deserve. An education that will allow them to be the positive change we all wish to see in our world.

Starry S.

Donor

Rating: 5

To dedicate one's life to serving the most remote areas of the world is a testimony to that person's love of others. We have lived in Asia and the Middle East and have witnessed the need of those who are denied an education because they must devote their lives to working and to keeping their families alive. After reading "Three Cups of Tea" we were amazed at the love and dedication that Mr Mortensen and his colleagues have for those who live in the most remote parts of our world. Education is more than "reading and writing and arithmetic", it is the essential base of learning and achieving goals, of realizing that those goals can be met, and that there are more goals that will be met in the future. Learning is essential to peace and prosperity in one's family, one's town, one's country, and the world. Central Asia Institute not only builds schools, their teachers build their pupils' strength to move forward, and to dream of and achieve the goals that once seemed unattainable. As a teacher, I know that Central Asia Institute is a leader and an example for all of us.

Ray L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

From reading the first book by Greg Morrtenson, Stones into Schools, I have been impressed with the work accomplished by CAI. So much better to educate the girls, women and children to change a culture away from violence and repression to a sustainable society. Thanks you for what you do and have accomplished over the years.

Donor

Rating: 5

CAI is helping girls in Central Asia in ways nobody (including their own governments) has ever done. CAI builds, furnishes, and staffs schools where girls can become literate and be active participants in their communities. CAI communicates these girls' life stories to donors and the general public frequently and well, with good photography, so we can see the benefits. Every dollar I send them is well spent (and I'm rather picky about charities I send money to!) Greg Mortensen had a vision of helping those who live beyond the ends of roads; and CAI has made it a reality. CAI has assembled groups of people who work "on the ground," facing great difficulties and geological hazards all the time, and whose courage should be applauded. Sincerely, Anne Paterson.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great concept to have a charity that empowers women by making possible for them to get an education for the first time ever. Central Asia Institute does that and more by building schools in remote locations in war torn areas, providing teachers and books, and supporting the dreams of all children through their safe schools initiative. My money is well spent by CAI, and I look forward to reading of their success each year.

Donor

Rating: 5

After reading Three Cups of Tea, the journey began. This is a good place to put your money where you mouth is to make a difference in peoples' lives. When we make other peoples' lives better, we all reap the benefit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a firm believer that the road to peace is through education and empowerment of women in developing countries. The Central Asia Institute is the embodiment of this effort through their work in educating the young across Central Asia.Every dollar donated is multiplied many times in the value of the education provided. Excellent work,

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years ago, I read the book Three Cups of Tea. This so inspired me regarding the non-education of girls and even just poor or isolated children that I began donating and have continued at least 1-2x/year. I was taught by my immigrant father that education is the true key out of poverty and oppression. When you educate, especially a girl, they will in turn educate their children.

Susan368

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting CAI for many years. I love their emphasis on the education of women and girls, as it has long been shown that this can improve the health and well-being of the whole family and the community.

Deborah G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the very few charities that I donate to. They build and staff schools for girls in areas of the world that tend to deny education around women. Through CAI women in these areas are being empowered by being educated! I could think of no greater organization than this!

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that the work that the Central Asia Institute does is very important not only to the women and children that it helps and educates, but to the possibility of future peace, empowerment, education and progress in the region where the work is done. CAI has a long-term view and strategy of which a vital part is the inclusion and involvement of local communities and partners. Many nonprofits present themselves as solutions while excluding the local people, cultures and beliefs. This is the antithesis of CAI's founding creed, activities and actions. That is why I have supported them for a number of years now; I believe in their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

Doing important work for women and girls in area where they are undervalued.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Greg in 1993 and fell in love with the Karakoram too. I still go there every year with www.K2Trekking.com , and groups of men and women of all ages and abilities who love trekking, beautiful mountains and the wonderful kind hearted people of the Karakoram. I am currently organizing and leading another fun and interesting group for summer of 2019. I look forward to chatting to folks who are interested in going on this trek, which is probably the best basecamp trek in the world. Please do contact me to learn more at danielmazur@summitclimb.com and 360-570-0715 . Looking forward to further discussion, to meeting, and to trekking together! -Dan

Donor

Rating: 4

CAI's focus on education is the basis of my support. It is my belief that women are the change agents for the world. Providing support for the education of all while ensuring opportunities especially for young women and girls is a significant mission of CAI. Educated young women have more opportunities and can, if they choose, have sons and daughters that they pass the importance of education on to. Taking the world out of the clutches of mystics and religious zealots starts with a strong educational foundation. It is the only path forward to the survival of our species and a world worth living on.
Carry on CAI!

1 Suzanne Harrington M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so moved by reading “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones for Schools” and learning all the life changing work done by CAI that I donate what I can when I can to this day. I was honored to meet and speak with Greg Mortenson when he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Simmons College in Boston. Simmons is celebrating its 114 Commencement this year and shares CIA’s passion for educating women to be leaders and to make a difference in their community and the world. It’s an important mission and I wholeheartedly support CIA and their wonderful work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I developed my small travel bag business in 2014 to help raise funds so girls in impoverished areas of the world might gain access to education. As a teacher, I was looking for an organization I could partner with where my donation money might make the biggest impact. I considered several different organizations that effectively achieve this goal, but Central Asia Institute stood out because of the rural underserved areas where they work, and the grass roots approach they use in building, staffing and maintaining the schools they help build. By choosing to act as an assistant to a village wanting a school, where the village is committed to helping in various aspects of the schools creation and ongoing work, CAI finds the right balance in helping a dream come true in rural towns and villages. In order to be effective and successful long term, the people who these schools serve need to be fully vested. For these reasons and many more, my education donation dollars go to CAI.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I served in Afghanistan from 2006-2011 as a civilian advisor to the Afghanistan government. In my travels I saw first hand the great education program that Central Asia Institute provides. An excellent non-profit service to the children of Central Asia.

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Donor

Rating: 4

It has been our pleasure to support the work of the Central Asian Institute for the past 10 years. We believe strongly in their mission to enducate young people, especially women, in this area of the world (Afganistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan). The work they are about is of value not just to the individual student, but to the development of their countries and to the future of the world. CAI is building bridges between the people the world over. We appreciate the way in which they keep us, as donors, informed about their work and their mission. We will continue to play our part this great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Asia Institute stands out from other education-focused and women-focused nonprofits in its dedication to its mission: to promote girls' and women's education and livelihood skills in the most remote areas of some of the most dangerous places on earth. They work where others won't, or never have, giving thousands a chance at education that they would never otherwise have.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Asia Institute has one of the most valuable missions for the future of the societies in Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Empowering girls and women through education has the potential to change the futures of these countries in innumerable ways. I applaud these incredibly dedicated staff here in the US and overseas for their work to make the world a better place now and in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My story began by reading "Three Cups of Tea" and my interest peaked when I heard the author's mother raising awareness for "Pennies for Peace" in local MN schools. I applaud CAI's efforts to support local Central Asian people to organize their communities, and work with those communities to build their own schools. I support CAI's work because I believe education is a powerful tool for building a more peaceful and prosperous future, and I believe that young girls and women will be the key to making this happen. The small amount of money that I send to support CAI will not move mountains, but it might pour a first, and maybe second, cup of tea!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Educating girls and empowering local communities through CAI allows me to do a small part in building peace, spreading kindness, and fulfilling dreams.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What sets CAI apart is its determination to keep girls in school in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan despite growing security threats. We can't let extremist groups thwart education. At the same time, CAI is not foolish. It leaves the decision whether to keep a school it supports open up to the local school administration, as they are obviously best placed to weigh the risks for the students.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dear CAI,
I am a student, I am working with immigrants, I work with people who barely speak one language. I speak four, and I know them thanks to school. I'm grateful to could have an education. I've always dreamed to be a change in the world, and I understood education is the base. That's why I love what you do. Thank you just to exist, Angelica Capelli

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support the CAI organnization because they are doing grassroots education and uplifting the local population of educators and students. The book "Three Cups of Tea" was the beginning of my interest, and when they reinvented the organization I was impressed with the integrity it had. I encourage anyone interested in girls education to support this cause. They have now established a Canadian agency allowing Canadians to make tax-deductible donations. I look forward to reading "Journey of Hope" each year and reading about the amazing things that CIA is able to do with very little resources. Keep doing what you're doing, it's amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAI is my longest donation organization. I marched with Gloria Steinem in the 1960's. I marched in Civil Rights. I believe all humans, regardless of gender, skin color or belief system, have more in common, than apart. We all have a heart. We all have tear ducts with which to cry. We all bleed red. We are ONE.

I've spent my life working to support girls and women, knowing from my global treks, that education is the ONE THING that uplifts everyone. As long as girls are not allowed to be educated in some Muslim countries, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, among others, we are losing 53% of the possibilities that could make this world better for EVERYONE. 53% of the world's population is female. My goal is to support CAI for these reasons. I am on a monthly, automatic renewal and it makes me feel good to know that Greg M. and his wonderfully dedicated, passionate staff, and the people out in the field (often risking their own lives) to bring girls the books to read, to stop illiteracy, and to help them achieve their dreams.

Girls and women are just as intelligent, just as capable, as any man on this planet. I will continue to write about strong young women, each of my books a donation to this planet's women, honoring their strength, their grit, their dreams that they will fight to achieve. By donating, all of us can help each little girl dream and dream big, and add to the positives of our planet in small and large ways. Our donations give them a chance to do just that. Thank you, CAI. Bless all of you.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Robert223

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Bob N.
Salem, NH

1 Joyce76

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Mike212

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only do they do great work educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but they regularly communicate about the great work they do. Who run the world?

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Sharmila H.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

No better cause than promoting and helping education! CAI is doing amazing work in an area of great need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was hooked when I read in Three Cups of Tea that a nation will never get ahead unless/until the females are educated. Sounded like a great way to spread world peace, and I've been donating ever since, as someone else said, through thick and thin.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very practical way to make a big difference with a little donation. The education and empowerment of girls and women is the key to peace and prosperity for everyone. I don't have much money to spare, so I have to carefully choose where my donations will go. This is a well-run, no frills, no hassle charity I'm proud to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by this program since first reading Three Cups of Tea and subsequently meeting Greg Mortenson. As a returned Peace Corps volunteer I could relate to many of the stories and situations Greg described in doing grass-roots intercultural relations. I have also worked many years to improve the health of women and children. I couldn't agree more with the approaches of CAI. I feel I am promoting international goodwill and peace through CAI.

Donor

Rating: 5

CAI fearlessly takes the right approach to changing the world---empowering women and local people. I have gladly supported the mission through thick and thin and always will.

Donor

Rating: 5

Really impressive work they are doing in regions where that even basic human necessities are hard to procure. CAI injects hope and confidence into these little minds. I am proud to be a part of this great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been donating to CIA and closely following their work for many years. With two brothers in the military it was important to me to contribute in a positive way, building communities in the places my brothers served. CIA has been very proactive in organizing us as donors and keeping us involved in their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donating to CAI since we listened to the book "Three Cups of Tea". In a region that's full of conflicts, poverty and uncertainty, what CAI does sends a courageous and hopeful message to the world. Education, prosperity, hope and peace go hand in hand. Sharing understanding, empathy and love across boarders, races and religious beliefs are what we all should promote and foster. Every little bit helps. I am proud to continue supporting this organization and it's mission.

Jenny119

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't believe terrorism can be defeated militarily. It's like a hydra head - as soon as you chop off one head, seven more grow. I do think we need to work with hearts and minds to foster peace. I have supported CAI's mission of providing education to people in central Asia who need it, especially women and children, by making monthly donations for almost ten years. Our tax dollars go to fighting wars whether we want them to or not, so I want my donation dollars to help create peace.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was inspired to become a monthly donor after seeing an article in a magazine and reading "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson. His approach to building schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Central Asia areas, is unique and hugely successful. The Central Asia Institute team works WITH villagers, village elders and other key people to get their perspectives, find out what their needs and challenges are, and gain their support. The result? Girls and young women are being educated and bringing wisdom and skills that enhance the lives of their communities. What better way to lift up women in the world and foster peace ?

Donor

Rating: 5

The way to make the world a better place is to focus on the educational system of children. Thank you CAI for your intentions and efforts!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to CAI since 2007. It has been wonderful seeing their growth and continued commitment to girl's education!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I truly believe in the mission of the Central Asia Institute . The work that this organization is doing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other developing countries to provide education and advancement opportunities for girls and young women is remarkable. When girls and women are empowered and educated, the quality of life in a community improves for everyone. As a woman in the US who has access to education, money and influence, I stand with my sisters across the world in hopes that all women can experience a better quality of life for their families and their communities. Congratulations Central Asia Institute for the fantastic work you are doing to improve the quality of life for women, families and communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I wanted to be a part of this organization as soon as I read Greg's book, Three Cups of Tea. I bought the book as a birthday gift to myself and after reading it I wrote a brief note within the cover encouraging it's future readers to support education for girls through CAI. I then sent the book out into the world and initiated a regular contribution plan myself to help fund the CAI schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Sharon192

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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?

Anita56

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Central Asia Institute is a unique nonprofit, doing difficult, complex work of establishing girls schools and promoting women's projects in some of the most difficult, dangerous, parts of the world. I have yet to find someone working in the exact same areas for the last two decades, and able to produce. Central Asia Institute CAI produces a project master list

CAI also unfortunately has been the subject relentless media attacks, which has reduced its funding by 80%. These include flawed attacks by CBS, NBC, Washington Post, Jon Krakauer, Tom Brokaw, and others, some of which regarding financial information is accurate, but the large portion are biased, out of context, misrepresented, and even false statement in the case of CBS, which has produced critically flawed, wildly inaccurate, sensationalized, also been caught flagrantly lying about Benghazi, NSA and Social Security Administration. Instead of following the media to learn about CAI, please look at the Attorney General's report, lawsuit dismissal, IRS investigation report, all which state the organization has not committed any crime or fraud, as the bias media would have one believe. The law is more accurate than the media which no longer has the credibility to protect the fifth estate. Watch the documentary "Shadows Of Liberty" to see how corrupt and flawed TV media has become in a sell-out to corporate conglomerates. Watch "Shadows of Liberty" documentary to see how media has been bought out and TV stations like CBS seek to destroy nonprofits and companies doing good work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to donate to this organization and have faith in CAI's management. They have addressed funding/organizational issues responsibly and continue extraordinarily important work in central Asia.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this charity for years and intend to keep doing so. A while back 60 Minutes did a piece on this charity to highlight claims of abuse by a climber and author. As I had promoted giving to this charity with family and coworkers, I was interested in learning more about the claims presented by 60 Minutes. What I found was that to learn more about the specific charges, I was expected to pay a fee to access a website containing an online book.

After using every other avenue available and finding out all the information about the charges, here is my summary view of them: The otherwise peerless CBS 60 Minutes was duped into providing free publicity for a money making effort by the person who made the claims.

Furthermore, in investigating Mr. Mortenson's so called lavish personal travel benefits: I looked at the event schedule, trying to find a date to hear him speak in person. Day after day, week after week, month after month was filled with events for faculty, students, groups, and boards. I have had to travel extensively for my job as a staff trainer. I could not have held up under Mr. Mortenson's schedule.

Each day of every month was crammed full of educational and fundraising events throughout the morning, day, and evening. Then a flight to another destination, sometimes with another event taking place upon arrival at that new location. Most of the events were at U.S. colleges and universities, and at community groups where those institutions are located. His detractors would have us believe that he was flying around the world on a vacation junket to luxurious tourist destination resorts.

Also, one reviewer here said building schools is cheap, but staffing and maintaining them is the difficult part. This is quite true. Please use the links here to go to this charity's webpages to see how paying teachers, providing school supplies, and supporting attendance is a large part of their efforts. U.S. government military built schools may be very generous, but unfortunately are viewed by locals as attempts to subvert their culture.

CAI does not just go somewhere and build a school in hopes that teachers and students will somehow show up. They receive requests from village councils to build a school in a remote village, one that the government will not serve with its own resources. In lands that are dominated by warlords, zealous clerics, and tribal chiefs, no one is going to send their children to a school unless such community leaders support it.

The brush with 60 Minutes caused the charity to make many changes to ensure transparency, protect the investments of donors, and ensure the long term viability of its charitable operations. If you want to make your own decisions about these concerns, please visit the archives of the Daily Bozeman, the court documents, the charity's website, and good old Google searches. I trust you will arrive at the same conclusions I have.

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Rating: 4

After serving with the U.S. military in Kabul, Afghanistan, I observed the effects of discrimination against girls and women. The Afghan Major General in charge of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) legal department proudly claimed, "Four women equal one man!".

Greg Mortensen, though imperfect, has broken the code on breaking the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and ignorance in South Asia. His organization needs our support. The solution, rather than military might, is soft power through education. Please help us turn the tide--donate to CAI.

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Rating: 1

David Starnes joins CAI team as new executive director
Will move to Bozeman in late Febuary.
Central Asia Institute announced today that it has hired a new executive director, David Starnes.

David, a 57-year-old father of three, will join us in late February after winding down his work with USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives-Pakistan. He brings to the job more than 30 years experience as a professional and organizational development consultant, working with nonprofit, for-profit and government organizations, including 19 years as executive director of the Baltimore-Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Center.

David joins us just as we are gearing up for the 2013 building and maintenance season. In the past year, bolstered by our supporters' continued confidence, we sustained our commitment to more than 300 existing projects, and initiated 60 new projects: 20 in Pakistan, 36 in Afghanistan, and four in Tajikistan. As most of our projects are in the remote Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Pamir mountains, springtime is the busiest season.

"I am looking forward to working with CAI's team both in the United States and in the communities it serves," David said. "CAI has made a profound impact on people's awareness of the need for education and community health initiatives in the remote and rural villages of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. I'm excited to be on board."

Greg Mortenson, CAI's co-founder, served as executive director from CAI's founding in 1996 until December 2011. He remains on staff, playing a supportive role, primarily with overseas programs and relationships. He will also continue to help with fundraising.

"With a new, capable board of directors and the experienced leadership of David Starnes, CAI is ready to move strongly into the future," Greg said.

David currently serves as the deputy country representative for USAID-Office of Transition Initiatives in Pakistan. He has been in Pakistan since January 2010 working with the Pakistan government in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province to provide basic support and stabilization services for communities in the critically important border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Prior to taking the USAID post, David spent a month as a volunteer in Jordan, teaching English at a Palestinian refugee camp. From 2008 to 2009, David worked as a senior program analyst with Stanley, Baker, Hill LLC in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-Office of Safety and Health in Iraq.

Stateside, David worked with Outward Bound USA for more than 20 years in a variety of senior executive roles, including his years at the Baltimore center, Outward Bound's first urban center. He worked with local government officials to initiate the Philadelphia center, and played a key leadership role in shaping Outward Bound USA's long-term strategy on urban centers.

David earned both his bachelor's degree in parks and recreation administration and master's in public administration at Western Illinois University. He has three adult children, Justin, 28, Rachael, 26, and Sarah, 24.

CAI launched a nationwide search to fill the executive director's position and received dozens of qualified applicants, said Steve Barrett, chairman of the CAI board of directors.

"CAI is excited to have someone of David's background and experience join us in our mission to promote literacy and education, especially for girls," said Steve, a Bozeman attorney and former member of the Montana University System's Board of Regents. "David's extensive experience in community development and his past three years in Pakistan uniquely qualify him to help CAI continue to fulfill its mission of the last 17 years. Our board is thrilled and we look forward to David joining our team."

Last August, Greg noted on the CAI Communique: "Being executive director of Central Asia Institute is a unique task with incredible rewards. More than a job, it is a calling. ... We look forward to the added vitality that this person will bring to the CAI team - especially during these particularly challenging times in the communities CAI serves in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan."


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Donor

Rating: 4

I am not a little disturbed by your information on Central Asia Institute, as it is badly out of date. Greg Mortenson resigned as Executive Director some time ago and recently has left its Board of Directors in order to preserve what has been an important mission of both Mortenson and the Institute. I shall continue to contribute.

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Rating: 5

I feel Greg Mortenson is one of the great men of the world and question whether that can be said about 60 Minutes or Jon Krachauer. One of the reviewers commented that his was an impartial report. How do we know that? Obviously, Mortenson is not necessarily good at handling money and it appears that the institute has recognized that and is now using him where his talents are strongest. How many of us can say that we have done so much to change the world for better?