Greg Mortenson will be speaking at the Marin Center in San Rafael on April 13 at 8 pm, and I encourage fellow Bay Area dwellers to go.
For those unfamiliar with him, Mortenson is the best-selling co-author of “Three Cups of Tea,” which tells of his efforts to build schools in Pakistan. He is also the director of the Central Asia Institute, which has helped construct some 145 schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. To date, Mortenson’s schools have educated 64,000 students, including more than 50,000 girls.
Because local communities are involved in every step of the planning and building process, the schools are spared by the Taliban, who are notorious for destroying schools in the region–particularly those that educate girls.
Nick Kristof has written about Mortenson’s work in Afghanistan and Pakistan in his New York Times column and NPR ran a great segment on him a couple of years ago.
For more information on Mortenson’s talk at the Marin Center or for tickets, follow the link!