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Turk Pipkin's Building Hope: The Story of Mahiga Hope High School and The Nobelity Project is the companion book to the 2011 SXSW Lone Star Audience Award-winning documentary, which chronicles Pipkin and his wife Christy’s journey to founding the Mahiga Hope High School. Through his work filming poverty-stricken areas in Central America, India, and Africa, Pipkin began to wonder how problems like starvation, lack of water, education, and extreme poverty could be met. Those seemingly intractable issues led Pipkin to interview and study dozens of Nobel Peace Prize winners; their beliefs led him to found the Nobelity Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to impoverished communities under the mantra "One Peace at a Time." Building Hope focuses on the five-year project of constructing a school in rural Mahiga, Kenya by partnering with the community. The book is filled with beautiful pictures of African and Indian scenery, the construction of the school, and the ecstatic children whose lives have been forever altered by a school with abundant clean water. The Austin Chronicle describes the book as "inspirational Redbull for the humanitarian soul." Pipkin is the director of two other feature documentaries about global problems and solutions. He is also the author of 10 fiction and nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson.
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