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Three Cups of Tea: One Mans Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg MortensonThe inspiring account of one mans campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.
In April 2011, the CBS documentary 60 Minutes called into question Greg Mortensons work. The program alleged inaccuracies in Three Cups of Tea and its sequel, Stones into Schools as well as financial improprieties in the operation of Mortensons Central Asia Institute. Questions were also raised about Mortensons claim that he got lost near K2 and ended up in Korphe; that he was captured by the Taliban in 1996; the number of schools the CAI claimed to have built and whether CAI funds had been used appropriately for Mortensons book tours. View the broadcast. Jon Krakauer, who had supported the CAI to the tune of $75,000, also questioned Mortensons accounts and released his allegations in a lengthy article titled Three Cups of Deceit
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His goal is to foster change, opening up often-denied paths to young girls by providing them education. I hope the allegations turn out to be false or exaggerated, as Mortenson has been one of those people that I held up as an authentic shining light in our time of overblown media personalities. But whatever happens with investigation, there are a couple of lessons we can all take away if we are trying to create behavior change in our own organizations. The reason for focusing on this number is that the CAI and Mortenson both place great weight on this metric — total number of schools, and number of schools built in each region. These statistics are mentioned in every interview and article.
Best-selling author Jon Krakauer has even devoted an entire e-book to excoriating the man he once supported. This happens to many development projects around the world, no matter who is building them. Education is much more complex than just putting up four walls, so those that only focus on the build itself will see higher rates of school abandonment. CAI—and other organizations—are just dropping schools into Afghanistan and hoping teachers and students show up. As part of our system we have a full team that maintains a student database where we track every single student in our schools and survey both parents and students several times a year to ensure the quality, not just the quantity, of our impact. By Anya Kamenetz 2 minute Read. Design Co.
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Mortenson, a three-time Nobel Prize nominee, recounted in the book how he was inspired to help establish schools, especially for girls in Pakistan, after he got lost while hiking there and stumbled upon the village of Korphe, where he was taken in and cared for by the villagers. The " 60 Minutes " segment aired today, alleged that the story is a fabrication and that Mortenson uses his charitable organization as a "private ATM machine. Among the show's other allegations against Mortenson -- who has sold millions of copies of his best-selling book about traveling and later building schools in Pakistan -- were that his charitable organization has taken credit for building schools that don't actually exist or were built by others. Among those who have publicly declared their doubt about Mortenson's account of his early experiences in Pakistan is Jon Krakauer, author of bestsellers "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air. In the email, Mortenson said he had also turned down a request from Krakauer for an interview. Porters who met Mortenson on his mountain trip in Pakistan dispute his being lost at the time and have said that he only stumbled into the village while returning from hiking K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, according to the "60 Minutes" report. They allege that he didn't visit Korphe and meet the villagers mentioned in the book until a year later.