Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is an international development agency. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and raise funds in 21 countries.
They are an independent, not-for-profit organization without political agenda or religious orientation. Their work to promote child rights and lift millions of girls and boys out of poverty is based around eight core areas, and it addresses the immediate as well as the long-term needs of children, their families, and their communities.
Through child sponsorship, donations, and partnerships, more than 1,500,000 children and their families directly benefit from our grassroots, self-help programs in health, education, water and sanitation, income-generation and cross-cultural communication. Indirect beneficiaries include an estimated further 9,000,000 people living in communities working with Plan.
We work to provide a better world for children now and in the long-term future. We make this happen by putting children’s needs and concerns at the center of all our programs and encouraging children to participate and contribute their ideas and opinions so they are truly heard in their community.
WHAT WE DO
Plan is committed to ensuring that all girls and boys are able to realize their full potential. We know that children will flourish if they are able to go school, stay there until they finish and learn the basic skills of literacy, mathematics, life skills and critical thinking in a supportive setting. We help them to do this by supporting education initiatives. We work in communities across the globe for the long term, getting to know their needs so we can better help them. This long term assistance also means we are ready to respond when a humanitarian crisis appears.
Plan has three priority areas where we focus our attention and education resources.
-Improving access to education
-Improving quality of education
-Improving governance and management of education
Protecting children from violence is a key priority for Plan. Violence against children has a devastating impact — threatening children's survival, development and participation in society.
Child protection is central to everything we do; we deliver targeted programs to address specific protection issues, such as child trafficking, corporal punishment in schools, female genital cutting and child marriage.
Improving economic household security is an absolute priority for those living on the margins of survival. Plan works with poor children and families around the world to build up their income and assets, helping them to become more resilient and better placed to cope when the worst happens. We also help young people acquire the skills they need to secure a livelihood so that they can support their families and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
-Microfinance programs provide basic financial services including small loans and savings schemes to people living in poverty.
-Skills training allows the very poor acquire the skills and knowledge they need to earn an income and secure a livelihood.
Plan's child-centered and community-based health programs help save thousands of girls' and boys' lives every year. With community-level initiatives that include immunization, child nutrition and hygiene promotion, Plan's programs are designed to strengthen community-based health systems.
Particular emphasis is given to the five main causes of death among children under the age of five: malaria, diarrhea, acute respiratory diseases, malnutrition and measles.
Sexual health, including HIV
Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases affect tens of millions of children and youth because they do not have the information or services to protect themselves. Plan’s awareness-raising and direct response programs help to empower children so that they can achieve their full potential.
We directly involve children and young people in all of our work, helping them to identify problems and find solutions. We work with partners and communities to:
-Support quality reproductive health education and services
-Advocate for the rights of children and youths living in a world with HIV
-Provide prevention, care and support services to those living with HIV and AIDS
-Challenge beliefs and attitudes that maintain unequal power relations between the sexes
When emergencies occur in countries where Plan is already present, our relationships and knowledge of communities, local structures and institutions make us best placed to assist affected children and families. In countries where Plan is not present or has a limited presence, we work with local and international organizations to maximize the impact of the disaster response.
Water and sanitation
In line with reaching the targeted Millenium Development Goal (countries have pledged to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015), each of Plan’s country programs has implemented water and sanitation programs in urban and rural areas:
-Improvement of water and sanitation access in urban & rural populations
-Point-of-use water treatment
-Behavior change and hygiene promotion
-Community-Led Total Sanitation
Plan works to strengthen the capacity of children and youths to demand and realize their rights in homes, communities, at school and from the State.
From helping children to speak out on domestic violence to supporting youth delegates at international AIDS conferences, Plan helps children engage in citizenship, express their views and influence decision-makers. To ensure the participation of all children, we also deliver targeted programs that reach the most marginalized and vulnerable groups.
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