2012 Year in Review
As we move forward into 2013, we take a look back at the 10 most memorable Plan moments of 2012.
Plan Reached 90,131 Communities
In 2012, Plan reached 90,131 communities which include a total population of 83.9 million children in 50 developing countries.
Plan Partnered with USAID and the U.S. Government's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
USAID and its Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance, as well as the U.S. Government's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, have supported Plan through $67,834,132 in program funding within the areas of health, education, human rights, capacity development, and disaster risk management.
Plan Improved Health Services in Northern Uganda
Through a $50 million program funded by USAID, Plan is helping to increase community use of quality health services at facility and community levels, particularly by women, girls and children; and is strengthening systems for effective and sustainable delivery of quality health services in 15 districts in northern Uganda.
Plan Provided 400,000 Households with Access to Improved Sanitation
Thanks to Plan's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program in 2012, Plan was able to provide 400,000 new households with access to improved sanitation.
Plan Awarded $25 Million Grant
Plan was awarded a $25 million grant focused on malaria prevention and treatment in Togo, and Plan has already distributed 2.8 million bed nets, allowing the country to achieve universal coverage.
Read more about Plan's work in Togo.
Plan's Accountability was Recognized by the INGO Accountability Charter
The INGO Accountability Charter calls Plan's Learn Without Fear (LWF) and Universal Birth Registration campaigns "examples of 'good practice' for other organizations."
Since the Learn Without Fear campaign was launched in 2008, more than 485 million children have benefited from legislation which protects them from various forms of school violence.
In addition, policies and curriculums in more than 30,000 schools worldwide have been improved in order to provide peaceful school environments for children.
Our campaign for universal birth registration, Count Every Child, has resulted in more than 40 million people becoming registered, and Plan is widely-recognized as the global expert on this issue.
Plan Reached 600,000 Volunteers
In 2012, Plan reached the 600,000 volunteer mark. Our volunteers not only help us improve the lives of millions of children, but they also play a vital role in letting everyone know about the great work that we do!
There are so many different ways that you can help. To learn more, visit our "How to Help" page.
Plan Acquired the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
In November 2012, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) became a part of the Plan family.
Internationally-recognized for improving the lives of women and girls, CEDPA has increased educational opportunities for girls, ensured access to life-saving reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services, and has strengthened women's leadership in their nations for over 37 years.
Now, continuing the mission in a new home, CEDPA's programs, staff, and alumni network of 5,400 will bolster Plan's expertise in protecting and promoting the rights of children, particularly girls, and giving women the tools they need to improve families and communities.
Additionally, the CEDPA office in Nigeria will provide a foothold for Plan to expand the reach of its award-winning programs.
Plan Welcomed Freida Pinto
In July, Plan welcomed actress Freida Pinto onboard as the new Because I am a Girl Ambassador.
Freida traveled with Plan to Sierra Leone, where she witnessed the Because I am a Girl initiative first-hand. Upon her return, she shared her experience in this video.
Plan Continued to Win Awards
Plan continues to receive numerous distinctions in recognition of its work with children and communities all over the world.
In 2012, Plan received the following accolades:
- Voted one of the Top 40 Development Innovators by Devex
- Named the 35th best Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in the world by Global Journal
- Honored by the International Water Association for Community-Led Total Sanitation Scaling Up project