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