Three Cups of Tea - One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Penguin, HK$120 In February, Three Cups of Tea was awarded the 2007 Kiryama Prize for best non-fiction. The prize aims to 'promote greater understanding of and among the nations of the Pacific Rim and of South Asia'. That's a pretty good endorsement for Greg Mortenson's mission since 1993 to bring educational opportunities to Muslim children living in the remote reaches of Central Asia. As executive director of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organisation set up in 1996, Mortenson's schools provide education for more than 24,000 children - 14,000 of them girls - in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. This is an inspiring story about Mortenson's 13-year war against ignorance and his efforts to bring primary schooling overseen by local teachers, with scholarships for the brightest, as an alternative to boys-only religious education provided by Islamic teachers. Mortenson has no religious agenda, so 'accidental missionary' doesn't quite work as a description. But his experience in a remote village after a failed attempt to climb K2 opened his eyes to what patient individuals prepared to measure success over generations can do.