This book will inspire you. If it doesn't, seek help immediately because there is something wrong. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is a true story of a mountain climbers despair and near loss of life after failing to reach his objective, the peak of K2, the queen of mountain tops.
During his high altitude exhaustion and confusion Mortenson strays off course to be found and nutured back to health by the kindness of strangers in a remote mountain village he had never heard of, Korphe. He was the first foreigner to ever end up here. Having found "something special" in Korphe he promised them that he would return to build a school for their children after seeing that all their classes were held outside in the open and frosty mountain air with a part-time teacher and no books, pencils or paper. This promise took him along an almost unbelievable journey that at times uncertain finally met and far exceeded his goal.
The story confirms that a small amount of money (and huge amount of effort) put in the right hands under the right objective will do more for peace in the world than most of our "well laid" and expensive plans. The best part is the story hasn't ended yet and if we want we can become part of the story going forward. Please, read this book.
By the way, thanks for this Christmas gift Mom.