Central Asia Institute

Central Asia Institute

Central Asia Institute (CAI) was co-founded by Greg Mortenson in 1996 and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to empower communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls, promote peace through education, and convey the importance of these activities globally.

CAI has two purposes–to establish and support education in remote mountain communities of Central Asia and to educate the public about the importance of these educational activities.

This dual mission focuses on educational and community building projects in remote mountain regions of Central Asia, and educates the American and international public about the need to expand educational opportunities in these complex regions as a way to promote peace. More specifically, CAI’s programs include school building, scholarships, teacher support, public health, women’s vocational centers, and global outreach. Global Outreach allows CAI to promote awareness of the importance of primary education, literacy, and cross-cultural understanding through its websites, publications, public events, the Pennies for Peace Program, and the books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.

Since 1996, CAI has supported over 250 community initiated educational and service projects.

For more information, to make a tax deductible donation, or visit Central Asia Institute’s website www.ikat.org.