By Martha Adams, 10×10 Producer
“Until wealth is felt in the countryside this nation will be stuck in poverty.” Gina and I were sitting across from Joachim Campoo, World Vision’s program manager in Kolkata. “The income disparity in India is getting worse, not better.”
I nod but honestly I’m a little taken aback. Maybe it was all the young IT executives in the airport hallways that tricked my subconscious. Our trip has taken us through some of the poorest areas and into the developing, wealthy side of India. We’ve seen the new India in airports and conference rooms, and people left out of the global economy in the slums. We spent time on our last day in Kolkata at the Bob Pierce Home for Skill Training, where girls from the nearby slums learn to be tailors. Bob Pierce was the founder of World Vision. Check out their wonderful video endorsement of 10×10!
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From Kolkata we went to Bangalore to the campus of 10×10′s founding corporate partner, Intel. We met with Intel executives who are eager to help support 10×10 through their large numbers of employees in India and throughout Asia. Intel believes that fostering innovation and driving economic growth requires access for all – especially girls and women – to education. Intel’s network of employees across India will help 10×10 raise awareness and inspire action in support of girls’ education.
We were able to meet with the organizers of the first TEDIndia and the INK Conference, new supporters who will help us get the word out about 10×10 across the incredible diversity of India.
Here’s our team in action filming in Kolkata!