Greg Mortenson's Stones into SchoolsOn Friday, December 4th, I was lucky enough to hear Greg Mortenson speak as one of the ‘Writers on a New England Stage’. Mortenson wrote the bestselling Three Cups of Tea, and has recently published Stones into Schools.
Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership between New Hampshire Public Radio and the Music Hall in Portsmouth, in collaboration with RiverRun Bookstore. The series brings award-winning, nationally-recognized authors to the Music Hall stage to talk about their works with NHPR’s Laura Knoy, of the Exchange, and also features music by award-winning rock trio Dreadnaught. Excerpts of each event are heard on NHPR’s The Exchange, and the full audio is available on NHPR.org following the broadcast.
Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The institute’s philosophy is to empower the local people through their own initiative. As of 2009, Central Asia Institute has successfully established 130 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide (or have provided) education to over 51,000 students, with a emphasis on girls’ education.
The Central Asia Institute is partially supported by Pennies for Peace, an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants, mostly schoolchildren, around the globe. We have copies of Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools and Listen to the Wind: the story of Dr. Greg and Three cups of tea (for children) at the library.
I was so inspired by Mortenson’s work, that I have put out a penny jar on the library’s circulation desk. Help us fill it with pennies for Pennies for Peace!
Click here to see a video about Pennies for Peace
Greg Mortenson at work
Photo by Jenn Mashiak

Greg Mortenson's Pennies for Peace