February 10, 2011

As I have said in earlier posts, I have let my love for reading slide a little… well this week I picked up Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea. Last year I read Three Cups of Tea and could not put it down.  So this week, I tried my luck with the new book.  I have always dreamed of using my gifts in one form or another to help others less fortunate than myself, whether its through nursing or something else.  Sitting down and reading this book got me inspired again to help get involved in organizations or programs that make a difference in the world. I joined the army hoping to make a difference in at least one persons’ life and I feel like some patients I touch in a way, and others not so much. But the Central Asia Institute is moving mountains in places that American’s would not dare adventure into. 

Over the past 16 years, one American Greg Mortenson and many other people have found ways in which to help touch the lives of those living in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  For a land touched by generations of war and fighting, Central Asia Institute is trying to combat terrorism by educating impoverished and illiterate children in Pakistan and now Afghanistan. 131 schools have been established to help educate young girls as well as establish learning centers for the older generation in places where education was once off limits to women.  There is no way I would be able to describe the magnitude of what is being done by this one organization, you would just have to read it for yourself.  However, their story is one of awe and wonder, as well as inspiration and hope that one day I will be able to leave my mark in helping others outside of myself.   To learn more about Central Asia Institute and what they represent, visit http://www.ikat.org/


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