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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Here is are some photos taken on my instagram from some of the amazing moments in NYC

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/nickplatt

Here's another blog post as well

                                  Why We Give

            Most Americans would consider themselves privileged in relation to the abhorred images we see of an oppressive regime in Syria, mass genocide in Cambodia, or a starving family in the Nuba mountains of Africa. Despite the wide range of problems that exist in the U.S. we still can't help but feel a profound pathos for those who we see suffering as well as relief that their problems are not ours. This bizarre mixture of poignancy and relief is deeply engraved in the American custom of giving aid. A study at the Indiana’s philanthropic Institute showed that American’s hand out more than 300 billions dollars in aid every year. With this money we give to the world we don’t wish to impose, nor say we are better than those who receive it but rather that we feel privileged and want to share our privilege with those who may want this privilege too.

            Abroad, however, American aid is often given to those who don’t want our help, our presence, our kind intentions. We must always respect that. Which is why help shouldn’t be given by American’s, it should be given from the people themselves, and at 10x10 we believe that the best way to give aid is by investing in those who can help the most: girls. We believe that investing in girls education and empowerment breaks cycles of generational poverty. We know that when girls receive 7 years of schooling, they marry 4 years later and have 2.2 fewer children, or that when 10% more of its girls go to school, a country's GDP increases an average of 3%, or that educated mothers are 50% more likely to immunize their children. And when more girls are educated, a country's malnutrition and HIV rates decline. Most importantly we know that helping those to better help themselves and make a brighter future is one of the best ways to help the world. So while our privilege is a blessing it is also an opportunity, to help girls through education. 
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