Stones Into Schools

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Picking up where his bestseller Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, Greg Mortenson recounts his efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake; and the ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. In Stones Into Schools, he shares his vision to promote peace through education and literacy and weaves together personal stories of those who have been involved in his humanitarian efforts.

Event: Greg Mortenson will be speaking
Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 pm
Hofstra University, Monroe Lecture Hall
Hempstead, NY
For more information here.


Greg Mortenson

Comments [9]

Steve from Red Bank NJ

Instead of sending 30,000 more troops why not just send 30 more guys like this.

Dec. 02 2009 02:40 PM
CB from dobbs ferry new york

Mr. Obama would be wise, when he goes to
Stockholm to get his Nobel, to accept it in honor
of Mr. Mortensen, who would be the appropriate

Dec. 02 2009 02:18 PM

This guy is f???king genius! Why hasn't the government asked his advice????!!! He has the street cred in Pakistan and Afghanistan!!! He KNOWS how to effect the real tools to fight the taliban--education, opening view points. Over and over it has been PROVEN that when women have education, EVERYTHING improves--families, maternal and child health, society. Get him to Obama.

Dec. 02 2009 01:53 PM
s from bklyn

voter from brooklyn:

your concerns are valid, but may i suggest reading the book to shed more light on the reality of what GM has been able to achieve and sustain, which military would never be able to do, if the past is any indication.

Dec. 02 2009 01:48 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

I applaud Mr. Mortenson for what he is doing; however, riddle me this:
How do we insure these schools won’t become nothing but empty shells in a country like Afghanistan where an anti-education totalitarian theocracy like the Taliban controls much of the land and the literacy rate is—from what I’ve heard—somewhere between 10% and 25%.
Commenters seem to not want any military action meant to reverse the influence of the Taliban, but much like in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries were women are menaced and even murdered for trying to get an education what makes him think books will succeed where bombs are now the way of life.
Unfortunately, it sounds like he is creating even more civilian targets if the Taliban is allowed to thrive without threat.

Dec. 02 2009 01:34 PM
s from bklyn

amazing story, amazing book, amazing effort. i was just wondering what the author's been up to lately. great to hear him as a guest on the show! power to your efforts and keep up the good work GM!

Dec. 02 2009 01:29 PM
Daniel Fiege from Beacon, NY

YES GREG! Your story alone gives me the chills!! You're a beloved inspiration!!

Dec. 02 2009 01:27 PM
ted from manhattan

i wish obama had read this book and consulted with mr mortenson before telling us about his misguided new policy. this peaceful way of helping a nation is far superior to soldiers.

bravo mr mortenson by showing us the correct way to use our american morals.


Dec. 02 2009 12:24 PM
Rick van den Heuvel from Lawrenceville NJ

While others are distracted by misguided attempts to win a war -- my thanks goes to Greg and CAI for working on the legitimate goal of winning the peace.

Are there micro-finance peer-lending programs operating in the villages where Greg's schools have been established? If so, how can we support such programs? Does have relationships with such programs so that we can become directly involved?

Thank you
Rick van den Heuvel

Dec. 02 2009 09:26 AM

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