Welcome to The Kettle!

Primarily, "The Kettle" publicizes and manages the "Three Cups of Tea Book Project." However, as described in our very first post (click here), we also hope to use "The Kettle" as a medium for individuals interested in social issues to become more aware of the lives of those less fortunate. Ideally, whatever we write or publish here will take that nascent concern and transform it into action. To inspire any action, small or large, in the genuine interest of doing better for the world is our ultimate goal.

Though heavily slanted towards Pakistan and Afghanistan presently, we do try to include news, opinions, and reference materials regarding diverse topics, including poverty, reconstruction, human rights, Africa, "Green" developments, Micro Finance, and other solutions and considerations for what are essentially man made problems in the world. In the universe of charitable options, we endorse and support multigenerational solutions and initiatives for multigenerational problems.

The education made possible by the Central Asia Institute is one such solution, but there are certainly others. We encourage the commitment of resources and people that goes beyond merely "patriarchal" handouts to the multitude of people in need. We agree that it is good to charitable, but charity that only treats the symptoms and not the root causes has proven to be insufficient. A consistent commitment to work with the local communities of people in need to provide and/or improve education, nutrition, access to capital, human rights, security, sustainable development/redevelopment, and environmental stewardship are what will lead to an enduring improvement in people's lives.

If you have any questions, general comments, and suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment on any of the posts below, and we'll follow up with you!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

NYTimes: A School Bus for Shamsia

Published: August 23, 2009
A writer returned to Afghanistan to buy a bus for Afghan girls who were attacked on their walk to school. But it turns out giving isn’t always easy. [More]

-- The Kettle Rumbles

Thursday, August 20, 2009

NYTimes: The Women’s Crusade

Published: August 23, 2009
The liberation of women could help solve many of the world’s problems, from poverty to child mortality to terrorism. [MORE]


Some of these people are truly amazing. Seeing what other people have to go through just to be able to read or provide for their kids makes so many of the things that concern people in my world so trivial. When I find myself wasting time, I think about stories like Tererai's. She spent much of her life being told to not educate herself, not to go beyond what was expected of women like her. She was beaten and punished for trying, but in the end, a cattle herder from Zimbabwe DID go to America, IS making a difference for the lives of her children and her people, and WILL achieve all her dreams, including getting a PhD. Wow.

I think we should all ask ourselves what it is exactly that we're doing with our time, wealth, and education. There is more to life than entertainment and luxury.

-- The Kettle Rumbles

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Motherhouse, A Social Business in Bangladesh Started by a Japanese Entrepreneur

A friend of mine recently decided to leave the corporate world behind to do something she can be really passionate about. She will be joining Motherhouse, a social business in Bangladesh started by a Japanese entrepreneur. Yamaguchi started Motherhouse after realizing that like most people working in charity organizations that focus on developing countries, she had no experience being in a developing country. She soon made her way to Bangladesh . While trying to figure out a way to help the people there, she discovered the jute fiber, and decided she would try to sell products made in Bangladesh to Japan. Despite the alien surroundings and hardships of living and doing business in Bangladesh, Yamaguchi managed to succeed and build an organization that has inspired my friend to join them and fulfill an inherent need to do something better in her life.

-- The Kettle Rumbles

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NYTimes: Central Asia Sounds Alarm on Islamic Radicalism

Published: August 18, 2009
Officials in the region fear that homegrown militants may be moving north to take on the area’s brittle governments. [MORE]

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Asim and Tamreez is fundraising for Friends Of The Citizens Foundation - JustGiving

Asim and Tamreez is fundraising for Friends Of The Citizens Foundation - JustGiving

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A friend's friend is climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro to raise money for the Citizen's Foundation, which builds schools in urban slums in Pakistan. I commend their efforts and hope they achieve their goals!

- The Kettle Rumbles

Awesome Post from Friday Reflections

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." ~Edward Everett Hale.

-- The Kettle Rumbles

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

News: CAI Annual Fundraiser in (New Brunswick, NJ)

"Central Asia Institute Annual Fundraiser

With Nobel Peace Nominee Greg Mortenson

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson shares his humanitarian life’s work at the CAI Fundraiser on October 24, 2009. He is the director of CAI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports community-based education, especially for girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan."

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

News Update from Central Asia Institute

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Someone stole $400 from Kindergarten students! Greg Mortenson has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize! Greg also now twitters! 240 schools destroyed in the violence in the Swat region. No CAI schools, but still, a sad result from the struggle between the Pakistani government and the Taliban.

BBC: Anger greets Suu Kyi conviction

Anger greets Suu Kyi conviction

World leaders have reacted with anger and disappointment at the conviction of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for violating security laws. [MORE]


Not that I like the conviction at all, but 18 months doesn't seem too bad. At least, they didn't do something ridiculous like sentence her to 5+ years under house arrest. She has spent 14 years jailed in either her home or prison. Kinda makes one thankful for the political freedom we enjoy.

-- The Kettle Rumbles

Book Project Update: ...And...We're Back!

Well..kind of. Sorry for the two week hiatus. I've been busy moving into my new place, and I can't exactly be blogging willy nilly at work! I FINALLY get the Internet installed in my new place this weekend. I can't wait to return to the modern society.

Some Details on the book Project:

Book #1 is indeed #1 as it has taken the lead from Book #4 now being on its 4th reader. Book #4 is currently only with its 3rd reader. Book 11 and Book 5 are still in the running with 2 readers tallied so far.

We've raised over $300 so far for the Central Asia Institute. We also managed to help get a donation for "Free the Children."

Thanks so much to our generous readers for their donations and support.

-- The Kettle Rumbles