Greg Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and best-selling co-author of Three Cups of Tea, pays tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discusses his life's work in promoting education and literacy - especially for girls - in the remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Greg Mortenson is the co-founder (with Dr. Jean Hoerni) and Executive Director of nonprofit Central Asia Institute.
Since a 1993 climb on Pakistan's K2, he has dedicated his life to promote community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mortenson is also founder of Pennies For Peace and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School At A Time.
Greg Mortenson, humanitarian and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, explains that the book was originally subtitled "One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism," and that he had to fight to change it to "One Man's Mission to Promote Peace."
Greg Mortenson discusses the importance of educating women in Afghanistan. He argues that not only does education improve the quality of life of everyone in the village, but that it also helps fight terrorism, as evinced by the Taliban's staunch opposition on schooling for women.