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The following photos are a sample of the 10×10 photo exhibit, sponsored by Intel and USAID, that will run through January at the gallery at the USAID Knowledge Services Center at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Mezzanine Level, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.
Kolkata, India: It is no secret that India is big and getting bigger. But while more than 40 percent of India's population is children, less than 50 percent of school-aged kids actually go to school. For those who do manage to get to school, India has one of the worst student-to-teacher ratios in the world, with 42 students for every teacher. On average, there are less than three teachers per primary school. These girls are mostly the daughters of rickshaw drivers, pictured here at a World Vision after-school program that helps give them the support they need to keep pursuing their education. ©Martha Adams, 10x10act.org
Takhar Province, Afghanistan: This 11th-grade girl is just one of hundreds who lined up in the early morning hours to greet the 10x10 team at The Bibi Aisha Girls' School in northeastern Afghanistan. Bibi Aisha serves girls in the first through 12th grades who walk to school each day from villages eight miles around. ©Leslie Knott, 10x10act.org
Jacmel, Haiti: With the generous support of PLAN International, these girls are studying in open-air classrooms, while the school buildings destroyed in the earthquake are being rebuilt. ©Martha Adams, 10x10act.org
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Bikes are an extremely powerful intervention in places where simply getting to school is a challenge. Most of the kids in this slum of Phnom Penh are too poor to attend government-run "public" schools, where the cost of uniforms and books is prohibitive. But with the combination of a bike and the free education provided at the People Improvement Organization's school, these kids are getting a chance to learn. ©Martha Adams, 10x10act.org
Bardiya, Nepal: The 18-year-old Asha is a member of the Tharu ethnic group in southern Nepal. The Tharu are still subjecting many of their girls to Kamlari, a traditional practice of bonded labor where girls become virtual slaves in the homes of wealthy landlords. Although the practice is illegal, Asha was sent hundreds of miles away from home when she was just 12. Today, with the incredible support of 10x10 partner Room to Read, Asha is in the eighth grade and active in the efforts to end Kamlari among the Tharu. ©Richard E. Robbins, 10x10act.org
Cairo, Egypt: An all-girls karate class takes place at Hope Village, an NGO affiliated with UNICEF, which helps the huge population of street children in Egypt. Donya (second to right), 15, spent five years living on the streets with her little sister. Donya told us that she loves her karate class because it "makes me feel powerful and gives me a sense of safety." ©Gina Nemirofsky, 10x10act.org