PULLMAN – Up to 50 young Nepali women will be able to further their education thanks to work by a hostel-building team that included Moscow resident Sharon Trautwein.
 
She will talk about the project, and the difference it will make, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Smith CUE 203 as part of the free public Common Reading Tuesdays lecture series.
 
Trautwein traveled to the Asian nation with the nonprofit organization Edge of Seven. According to the group’s website, girls from rural Nepal often do not have access to education through grades 11-12. With the hostel as a place to live, 40-50 girls will be able to continue their schooling.
 
Trautwein said this year’s WSU Common Reading Program author, Greg Mortenson, inspired her to join the project. Mortenson, whose book “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan” is being used by more than 3,000 students in first-year classes at WSU, visited the Pullman campus in January.
 
For more information on the Common Reading Program at WSU, visit http://CommonReading.wsu.edu.