Wednesday, December 9, 2009

the girl effect

“Image courtesy Central Asia Institute.”
This time of year is when I start thinking of others and the others I'm thinking of right now are the young girls of Central Asia. That is because I'm reading Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, and I'm so turned on by what this man (Mortenson) has accomplished. Check out the Central Asia Institute at and this project that features how changing the lives of girls changes the world. I hope you all become infected like I have and we can figure out what is next - writers need readers and readers need to learn to read. So let's help this guy!


Helen Ginger said...

What a great picture. I was struck by how big the books look. I wonder if they're made bigger than the books produced for the US or if the kids are just small. Thanks for the link!

Straight From Hel

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Is there a better gift than education in general and reading in particular? One would be hard pressed to find name it.

Best Regards, Galen

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Jan Morrison said...

Helen - not sure about size of either students or books but I noticed the same thing.

Galen - You got that right my friend.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Awesome, I'm proud to say my husband has been involved with work around the globe that betters the lives of children in emerging countries. Love the picture.

Anonymous said...

start 'em young... who knows from where you go..

Jan Morrison said...

elizabeth - you must be proud of him! What organization is he affiliated with?

Denise - for sure what they know is that if you introduce young girls to literacy - peace grows. A real life miracle!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I totally agree. The organisation I work for helps girls and boys develop social and personal development skills, and the biggest high for me is seeing girls who would have got married and started having children when 13, go to school, and dream of becoming doctors and engineers.