10×10 director Richard Robbins & co-producer Alex Dionne are headed to Ethiopia, where they will be working with our partner World Vision to scout for stories of empowerment. Follow along as they meet with girls and their families, and keep checking our blog to learn more about Ethiopia and other great organizations helping to change the world.
Fact: In Addis Ababa, more than 30 percent of girls aged 10-14 are not living with their parents. Twenty percent of these 30 percent have run away from child marriages.
Check out what this local organization is doing to get these girls off the streets and into school! PEFAN Ethiopia http://web.mac.com/shanisenbetta/www.pefan.org/Welcome.html
By Yasmina Guerda
A month ago, as I was walking in the streets of the Nepali capital, rushing to an appointment with a local NGO, I noticed one girl. In the middle of the charming disorder of the Naya Bazaar neighborhood and its permanent concerto of car horns, she was singing with a very delicate voice while hanging her family’s laundry to dry. When I looked at her, I noticed her eyes, a strikingly transparent shade of greenish gray. I crossed the street to ask if I could take her photo and after a couple of shots, she asked in perfect English if I wanted to see her room. “We can sing together, too, if you want… with the guitar,” she added. Quite intrigued by both the proposal and the beauty of the girl, I followed her to her room. Her name was Afrita.