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Collection To My Grown-Up Child By Alice E. Chase My hands were busy through the day, I didn't have much time to play The little games you asked me to, I didn't have much time for you.

My hands once busy, now lie still, The days are long and hard to fill, I wish I might go back and do, The little things you asked me to.

I'd wash your clothes; I'd sew and cook, But when you'd bring your picture book And ask me, please, to share your fun, I'd say, "A little later, hun." I'd tuck you in all safe at night, And hear your prayers, turn out the light, Then tiptoe softly to the door, I wish I'd stayed a minute more. For life is short, and years rush past, And little children grow so fast, No longer are they at your side, Their precious secrets to confide. The picture books are put away, There are no children's games to play, No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear, That all belongs to yesteryear.

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3 Heart of Fashion Create a Perfect Outfit Every Time You Dress, Fiammisday.com

4 Out and About Nina & Pinta Dock at Tin City

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5 Gift Giving 7 Ways to Give from the Heart

6 Business Ideas that Are Changing The World 7 Ask a Question What are the Best Foods to Beat High Blood Pressure?

8 Artist of the Month

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9 Beautiful Kids at The Beach 10 Recipe Corner Natural Easter Egg Dye

11 Amazing Nature

Clam Pass Estuary Rescue

12 Tech Tips Celebrate the Luck of The Irish Online, and Brain Apps

13 Featured Foundation 10x10 and Girl Rising

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Letter from the Editor

Did you do anything fun for St. Patrick's Day? We had our traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. It was delicious thanks to my sweet motherin-law, Cheryl, who cooked the meal for our family! I joined a blog hop that was all about Easter. It was fun to do research on Pinterest of my favorite decorative eggs and then I created my post about my search. There were 18 other ladies that created blog posts and you can read their stories on the blog at the Sharing is Caring Blog Hop. This month's giveaway is provided by K.O Creations. She is offering an Original Customized Card Creation. Please make sure to visit the Giveaway section on our website for more details. If you'd like to be a contributor or are interested in advertising, please visit our website or send us an email at info@heartbeatmag.com! Happy Easter to you and your family!

With love, Nicole Flothe

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Tim and Mary Sue Ryan have five adorable children, and the beach is a fun place to capture them all. Tim Ryan is the owner of Equity Realty, a local real estate company. Read more in the Beautiful Kids at the Beach cover e story on page 9.

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Lee Heyward - Style with Lee Shelly Aristizabal - You Asked & We Answered Beth Gatrell - Tech Tip of the Week Cheryl Flothe - Out & About, Recipe Corner Melissa Haupt - Empowering Yourself to Success


Create a Perfect Outfit Every Time You Dress by Lee Heyward StylewithLee.com

A perfect outfit results from 4 elements . . . Step 1: Choose a Key Item This item is the inspiration you build an outfit around. It can be as simple as a shoe, a bold necklace, a skirt, a top, or anything that inspires you while getting dressed on that day. Step 2: Support Your Key Item Consider what additional wardrobe pieces you can use to complement your key item. To figure this out you can ask yourself a few questions. Is my key item a neutral? A psedo-neutral? Or is it a color that needs to be paired with a neutral? Does my key item stand out on its own or need additional personality? Support pieces could be a bag, belt, piece of jewelry, scarf, or jacket, etc. Step 3: Complete the Look In this step you are beginning to put the finishing touches on your outfit. This is the step where you make an outfit look like it was meant to be worn together instead of looking like pieces of clothing you decided to wear together. Completer pieces could be a belt, cardigan, or jacket, etc.

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EXAMPLE Key Item: Green Pattern Shirt Supporting Item: Jean Skirt Completer Piece: Belt Element of Pizzazz: Pattern in the shoe and the shirt Step 4: Add a Dash of Pizzazz This is the last step of creating a great outfit. This is where you make an outfit memorable. An element of pizzazz adds personality to an outfit and helps you make it your own, or unique to your personal style. You can add pizzazz in many ways. It can come from a detail in one of the items you are wearing, an unexpected pop of color, a bold pattern or color, or bold jewelry.

Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever. - Ralph Lauren

The Children's Fashion Blog Outfit and Kids Style Day 314 Scervino Street Girl Dress Today I am going to the birthday party of my super friend, Anita! I feel better, I am healed and I can not wait to have fun with her and all the other children. Now excuse me, but I have to go to buy her a nice gift‌.Oh, do you like my outfit for today?? I like it a lot, I feel elegant, pretty, but am also comfortable and at ease. And the shoes? Have you seen them? Have a special Saturday.- Fiammisday.com

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by Cheryl Flothe

The Nina & Pinta Dock at Tin City!

How often do you get a chance to step aboard one of Columbus’ships? We took our grandkids to see the Nina and Pinta replica ships while they were docked at Tin City in Naples March 5-18th during the Columbus Foundation’s educational tour of the western hemisphere. The Nina is the “most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built.” The ship was researched and built under the direction of American engineer and maritime historian, John Patrick Sarsfield;

owner, Morgan Sanger; and Jonathan Nance. Both ships were built in Brazil by master ship builders skilled in 15th century ship building techniques. They used all hand tools, including chisels, axes, hand saws, and adzes.

and British maritime historian and researcher, Jonathan Nance, who also designed the historically correct sails and rigging. The Pinta (or Santa Clara) was built 30% larger to accommodate tour groups. She was researched and built under the direction of shipyard

These ships will return to Naples in the next few years--make sure you take your family to Tin City to see this important part of “The Great Age of Discovery!” For more information on the Nina & Pinta visit: http://www.thenina.com/whytheNina.htm

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The original Nina & Pinta were used by Columbus when he came to the “New World.” He sailed aboard his favorite ship, the Nina, for over 25,000 miles!


by Nicole Flothe

1) Honesty. When you give others the gift of being honest with them, you honor them while honoring yourself. To be honest with others requires that you be honest with yourself. What an incredible and far reaching gift honesty is! 2) Respect. Everyone on the planet wants to be treated with respect. And what usually happens when you give someone the gift of respect? Most of the time, it is returned to you. So when you give others your respect it’s a great way to experience the true heart of giving.

I found CouponDivas.com while watching a few of her Youtube videos. I was planning on shopping at CVS Pharmacy and she was sharing about the great coupons she had to save on her next trip to the store. The internet is so amazing, here I was watching her video and she was in my own hometown. I frequent her website now looking for the latest deals and sales! I love her bio on the website...Kitty is a supermom of 4 married to her high school sweetheart. She grew up in Ohio where she learned the value of a dollar from the best dad in the world. Over the years she found her way to paradise here in Naples, FL. She loves her family, and spends most of her free time shopping, dining out, finding deals, relaxing with her family, and socializing online. Her motto: Let's make saving fun! I recently saw her business sign on Immokalee Road and decided to stop in and meet her in person. It was such a pleasure making a new connection and I look forward to continuing to Save a Dollar by resourcing her wonderful website!

3) Openness. By this I mean allowing others access to the real you. It’s the opposite of guarded or reticent. When you give the gift of openness, you make yourself receptive to inquiries, suggestions, or ideas. Openness can provide the basis for new opportunities and relationships. 4) Concern. Don’t you feel good when someone expresses a genuine concern for your welfare? It’s heartwarming, isn’t it? When you take a moment to listen to, and empathize with another person, you are providing them with a gift of great value. 5) Enthusiasm. Give the gift of genuine enthusiasm? Have you ever noticed how contagious enthusiasm is? If you demonstrate a little excitement toward someone else’s efforts, it can be very encouraging. 6) Assistance. Everybody needs a helping hand from time to time. This is a fantastic way to make good use of your experience, talents or assets. 7) Time. This is a biggie because time is the most valuable thing any of us has. Now, I’m not suggesting that you give away vast amounts of your time indiscriminately. But there are those who deserve your time and it’s important that you make yourself available to them. At the top of this list is your family. If you want to fully experience the happiness of giving, make this a priority. Adapted from Jonathan Wells Blog: Resource: www.advancedlifeskills.com

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It was only in the days which have proceeded the industrial revolution that we have received wages more commonly than we have 'worked for ourselves.' With outsourcing our country's labor to both machines and tradespeople in other countries (namely India and China) I believe we are in the midst of a new revolution. One where we go back to working for ourselves instead of 'the man.' In fact, we have already started to see that trend. It is said that female owned small businesses have risen by more than 20% in the last decade. There is phenomenal growth in the 'expert industry' where coaching is now a $2.4 billion industry and the network marketing industry has skyrocketed since the 70's. While I'm not sure society will ever be without the huge conglomerates (aka: Walmart, Macys, McDonalds, etc.) we are starting to see a new trend of individuals who don't seem to be phased by their presence or their enormity.

by Melissa Haupt www.melissahaupt.com

Do you have an idea where you can create social change with a for-profit business model? ie: Do you have a business idea (that makes money) while also creating a solution for society? Great! You're a part of a new revolution. Before we look at how important your idea is, let's go back in time a little. While the days before the industrial revolution were tough (we didn't all own cars, certainly didn't have cell phone or wireless internet connection and a 'drive through' was a set of words that didn't even make sense together) there was value for individuals within the community where everyone was a business owner. You see, before factories started filling our city skies with smoke, most people would provide a product or service for their fellow countrymen (and women). If you needed bread you would visit the local baker. If you needed a fresh supply of vegetables you would visit with your local farmer. If you needed clothes made you would visit your local seamstress. And if you needed an accountant you wouldn't go and see your local H&R Block. People simply provided a solution to a need and in turn would charge for that product or service. They were all business owners.

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What we are seeing is a new focus of individuals starting their own enterprises, but this time with a twist. By leveraging on society's technological advances, people are creating business models that are for profit and at the same time are about creating social change. No longer do you need to hunt out a job for a company (or more likely a nonprofit) that actually cares enough about society to provide a solution for it. Instead...you can just start one yourself! I believe we are all here with solutions to the problems the world faces. We don't need to wait for the government to fix the problems. Instead we can be the change the world needs.


by Shelly Aristizabal of Healthy Living Concierge

Health & Wellness Q: What are the best foods to beat High Blood Pressure? A: Check out the Dash Diet! Of course, medications and exercise can help lower it. But diet can equal drugs at controlling blood pressure, says Lawrence Appel, M.D., a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. In a landmark 1997 study, he found that a special DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet reduced high blood pressure an average 11.4 points (in the systolic, upper number) and 5.5 points (in the diastolic, lower number). Since then the DASH diet has become the best-tested, most successful eating plan to prevent and reduce high blood pressure. Eating this way also lowers artery-clogging cholesterol and homocysteine, promotes bone mass, cuts weight and may help prevent cancer.

*Meats, poultry, fish (2 daily servings or fewer): 3 ounces lean, not fried; poultry is skinless *Fat and oils (2 to 3 daily servings): 1 tsp. soft margarine, or olive or canola oil; 1 Tb. low-fat mayo; 2 Tbs. light salad dressing *Nuts, seeds, dried beans (4 to 5 servings a week): 1/3 cup almonds, walnuts, peanuts; 1/2 cup dried beans, lentils *Sweets (5 servings a week): 1Tb. sugar, jelly or jam; 1/2 cup sorbet For best results, cut sodium, too

The diet calls for more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. It prescribes less fat (especially saturated animal fat), red meat, sweets and sugary beverages. The benefits are greatest when you also restrict sodium and alcohol.

In one test, DASH dieters who cut sodium to 1,500 milligrams daily (2/3 tsp. salt from all sources) had the greatest reduction in blood pressure. Many Americans eat three times that much sodium.

It's not entirely clear why eating the DASH way lowers blood pressure quickly (often within two weeks) and dramatically. Theories: The DASH diet acts as a natural diuretic, says new Japanese research. Appel says high potassium and low sodium in fruits and vegetables help regulate blood pressure. Weight loss is wellknown to lower blood pressure: In a new study, DASH dieters lost an average 13 pounds in six months; the percentage of those with high blood pressure fell from 37% to 12%. These recommended amounts are for a person who eats 2,000 calories a day.

Low-salt tactics include:

*Grains and grain products (7 to 8 daily servings): 1 slice whole-wheat bread, 1/2 bagel, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 ounce unsalted pretzels *Vegetables (4 to 5 daily servings): 1/2 cup tomatoes, potatoes, carrots *Fruits (4 to 5 daily servings): 1 medium banana, orange, apple; 1/2 cup grapes, melon, berries *Dairy products (2 to 3 daily servings): 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt; 1 1/2 ounces fat-free or lowfat cheese

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*Use spices, not salt, to flavor foods. *Rinse canned foods, such as tuna and beans, to remove some sodium. *Buy fresh, plain frozen or no-salt-added canned vegetables. Regular canned tomatoes have 10 times more sodium than no-salt-added tomatoes. *Restrict cured meats (bacon, ham), foods in brine (pickles, olives) and condiments (MSG, soy sauce, mustard, ketchup). *Cook rice, pasta and cereals without salt. *Cut back on highly salted canned soup, frozen dinners and packaged mixes. Copyright 2004 Jean Carper. Printed first in USA Weekend. All rights reserved. For more information from Jean Carper, go to www.jeancarper.com

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K. O Creations by Nicole Flothe

1. How did you get into creating customized cards? I became enamoured with card making from doing scrapbooking projects and not being able to find a personal card with true meaning in the retail stationary outlets. Bespoke Cards became a passion for me when I realized that I wasn't the only person unsatisfied with what was on offer. 2. What do you love about your work? The true essence of card making for me is the end product & hearing about the way it was received and appreciated. Listening to my clients and getting snippets of lives & loves during the making process. 3. Do you have a favorite design or style? Personally I love a number of styles...Vintage, shabby chic & steampunk all go hand in hand and tend to blend well for me. I am open to other ideas & styles, because I do make Bespoke Cards designed for others to give to their loved ones. 4. Tell me about the steps involved in creating a customized card for someone. The steps involved are simple, but very very important to getting a great card made just for you. The major key for me is listening...Really listening with your heart as well as your ears and reading between the lines. Secondly, finding out how long you have to design the card, sometimes I have been asked to have a card done in under a day (it's possible but definitely not desired for a great card) For best results I need to have around two weeks + if postage is required to get to the client. Then finally asking for any desired themes and ideas that they may have in mind themselves, then asking whether I have any creative licence with their ideas. I check in with messages and pictures of the card during the design process, where possible, which enables the client to feel more involved and you end up with a card that is adored by the giver and the receiver.

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by Nicole Flothe

In addition, Tim and Mary Sue believe that it's critical that people step up and really recognize the cries of the world.

The cover of The Heartbeat Magazine was selected after I received a postcard in the mail from my friends, Tim and Mary Sue Ryan. Their five children and their sweet smiles were on a holiday family card and I couldn't resist asking if they would be interested in letting me use the photo as the cover. I met Tim and Mary Sue from our sons playing basketball together in the Southwest Florida Youth Basketball League. It's been great to watch them learn the sport and to make new friends. Tim lives in North Naples with his family. His wife loves being a stay-at-home mom. In 2007 they became foster parents and had about ten different children stay with them during the first six months. Then, in January 2008, a little Guatemalan girl was brought to them to be cared for. A year later, she was adopted into the family. Tim explains. "She is a part of the family now and I doubt she has any recollection of life before us. We feel lucky to have her and blessed that the Lord placed her in our lives."

They are active in their church and play a key role in the introduction of first time visitors. Although, their church plays an integral part of their lives, Tim and Mary Sue's passion is fostering and sponsoring children in Asia and Africa through World Vision. Tim explains, "The needs are so great. Only about 4% of the world lives in the United States. Everyone born here has basically hit the lottery. We live in a country that assures our children are fed, clothed, and educated. I cannot imagine telling my children I had no way to fill their belly before they went to sleep. However, this is a reality across the world. Jesus said, 'Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.' (Matthew 18:5) The thing that impressed us about World Vision was that it had a high percentage of money actually make it to the child." Tim moved to Naples in 2004 from Philadelphia. He and his wife were simply ready for a new chapter in their lives. "I tell people that I moved down for the weather and they laugh. We hate cold weather. I tell people here it is about 10 degrees warmer in the summer and 40 degrees warmer in the winter. To me, that is a great tradeoff." He came down to Naples to look at investment property in 2003 and bought on his very first trip. "I was absolutely sold on the area. I could not believe how pretty it was and the weather was so warm in the winter months." Resource: www.naplesguru.com

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Recipe Corner

by Cheryl Flothe

When holidays come around, I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to make something different. I found this easy way to dye Easter eggs without commercial products on bhg.com. Maybe you can come up with your own colors!

Natural Easter Egg Dye Use these all-natural dye recipes made from household ingredients to create Easter eggs in beautifully subdued shades. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors. Bluish-Gray
 Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries. Blue 
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon. Jade Green
 Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar. Faint Green-Yellow
 Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Orange 
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar. Faint Red-Orange
 Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

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Photo source: bhg.com

Yellow
 Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 11/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. 
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar. 
 Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
 Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. 
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar. Brown-Gold
 Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Brown 
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee. Pink
 Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
 Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets. Lavender 
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.


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lam Pass Estuary Rescue

Permits were finally issued and dredging began in early March. Now the Pass is open, lifesaving ocean water is flowing back into the mangroves, and people are again enjoying the recreational opportunities of this popular beach and pass. www.naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/2013/mar/17/clam-pass-reopened-after-dredging-project/

by Cheryl Flothe

In our January issue of Heartbeat Connection I detailed the importance of estuaries to the health of plants, birds, and marine life and highlighted the plight of Clam Pass Estuary in Naples, Florida. This pass and the marine estuary it nourished was closed off by tidal sand buildup and threatened by controversy and permitting issues for months. As you may remember, people were hand digging an opening so water could flow as a stop-gap measure until permitting was granted and people could agree on a course of action. (See earlier story: www.nbc2.com/story/20596030/clam-pass-progress).

Clam Pass after Hand Digging

Clam Pass Water Flow Restored

Open Clam Pass Estuary

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Brain Apps by Nicole Flothe

Into Tomorrow's Celebrate the luck of the Irish Online...

Research shows that by simply playing a few memory games you can improve your brain power. I also think following a recipe, playing a card game, or learning a song on the piano can help. My Brain apps:

by Beth Gatrell This month we celebrate St. Patrick's Holiday. History.com offers great information on things like the first Saint Patrick's Day parade, symbols and traditions, celebrations and more. TimeAndDate.com features information on the holiday like how it's celebrated in different cities as well as background, calendars and more. Another good site to check out is Saint Patrick's Day, which gives information on celebrating as well as songs and lyrics, dances, jokes, quotes and more. Saint Patrick's Day is fun for Kids online as well with activities, games, recipes, information and more found at Apples for the Teacher and Spoonful. If you want to cook some Irish meals, head to Better Homes and Gardens, Epicurious, or Punchbowl for some great ideas. Kids Friendly, Vegetarian and Gluten Free recipes are available at the click of your mouse or thumb as well. You can even be part of the action in Ireland right from your home, thanks to EarthCam's live Dublin webcam. Or try their app for a look at Saint Patrick's celebrations all over the world. You can also download their app to view live celebrations all over the world. Additional fun apps to try include iPubQuiz, or a Saint Patrick's Day Photo Frame. We hope you enjoy your celebrations, keep safe and join us at "Into Tomorrow."

To view more information about iPhone apps visit

www.heartbeatmag.com, What's on my iPhone.

This photo (courtesy of NBC News) shows us the difference tech can make in just a few short years. The top picture is of the crowds at the ascension of Pope Benedict XVI, with one flip phone on the lower right. At the bottom is Pope Francis I's ascension, before a sea of smartphones and tablets.

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Featured Foundations 10x10

Girl Rising

by Nicole Flothe WHAT IS 10X10? 10x10 is a campaign to reach global audiences and inspire individuals to take action for girls. Stories about the power of educating girls are told every day through photos, videos, blogs, books, and sometimes in 140 characters or less. CREATING CHANGE IN 3 WAYS From corporate boardrooms to rural villages--from the corridors of power to social networks--10x10 builds worldwide support for girls' education by spreading the message far and wide, and changing minds about the importance of educating girls. GOAL: 1 billion media impressions of 10x10 media A billion impressions and a million actions by people like you will drive policy changes around the world. 10x10 partners with policy leaders to influence governments and global institutions to enact and enforce laws that ensure every girl has an equal opportunity to fulfill her full potential. 10x10 is a feature film, Girl Rising, and a social action campaign, created and launched by an award-winning team of former ABC News journalists in association with The Documentary Group and Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions. We use the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing nations will change the world.

(Photo from 10x10 Facebook Cover)

One girl with courage is a revolution

Girl Rising, is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, and Selena Gomez. The film was released on International Women’s Day. Screenwriters and producers conducted hundreds of interviews with girls trying to get an education in countries stretching from India to Haiti, Peru to Afghanistan. Girl Rising mixes documentary and narrative filmmaking to show how education lifted nine girls out of poverty and cruel circumstances.

Why Girls? Educated girls dramatically improve the well-being of their families, their communities, and their countries--multiplying the impact on society. Educating girls will... reduce poverty reduce child mortality reduce population growth reduce HIV infection rates change the conditions that lead to terrorism reduce corruption

www.10x10act.org

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