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A Different Type of Trek

by Tessie San Martin

Plan International USA designed the Fighting against Child Trafficking (FACT) project - a three-year initiative aiming to reach 15,000 girls under 18 in 48 villages located in three border districts with India. Nepal and India have an open border, and as in most border regions, this area is a frenzy of economic and commercial activity, with endless lines of vehicles, from rickshaws to huge lorries, moving back and forth across countries.

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Hope in the Time of Ebola?

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Ebola, a deadly viral disease that has no proven cure, continues to kill people at a pace that is unprecedented. The elusive illness spreads fast, several steps ahead of the response. Lessons from Nigeria will help contain the outbreak elsewhere, especially other countries that are on high alert.

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These Sobering Statistics Will Make You Realize Why Girls Need Their Own Day

by Plan International USA

The Huffington Post, in partnership with Plan International USA, recently rolled out a series of statistics explaining why International Day of the Girl, on Oct. 11, was so important.

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Children Dying and Surviving Alone in Liberia

by Henry Garneo

A youth blogger from Liberia describes the devastating effects Ebola is having on his community.

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IATI at Plan: One Year Later

by Tessie San Martin

In light of this year’s launch of the Aid Transparency Index, I wanted to reflect on Plan’s journey into this realm, which has not been without its challenges.

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Speak Up and Be Bold

by Patrick Maguire

As men, regardless of where we are in the world, we are bold if we speak up. And, we cannot be bashful.

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Be Bold: Invest in Adolescent Girls to End Inter-Generational Poverty

by Judithe Registre

As we near the year 2015 and review our progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, we can see that, despite sweeping progress in certain areas such as primary education and public health, one significant gap remains: Broad inequalities persist between the rich and poor, and most notably between the richest males and the poorest females. The disparity is staggering.

 

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INGOs: Part of the Problem or the Solution?

by Tessie San Martin

Poverty reduction is an urgent issue, and it is scandalous that so many lives are lost daily to solvable problems. Making progress on poverty reduction is only possible when local knowledge is linked to information, resources and the political space to operate. In this context, International NGOs can be and have been an indispensable part of local solutions, helping to catalyze efforts, broker knowledge or accompany people to bear witness to their struggles, and creating the political space for action.

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Life After the Lockdown in Sierra Leone

Days after Sierra Leone enforced a three-day curfew to fight the Ebola outbreak, Kamanda – one of Plan’s Global Youth Advisory Members – reflects on the impact the virus has had on people living in his community in the north of the country.

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Combating Ebola and Fighting For Education

by Beyan Flomo Pewee

My name is Amb.Beyan Flomo Pewee. I was born in the slums of Konyamah, Guinea in 1996 during the Liberian Civil War. My story is complex, as has been my life. I always believe that if one reflects on the past, one can feel hardship and pain, or one can discover lessons and hidden strengths. My life has been hard, but it has allowed me to overcome situations and be the voice for my friends, and many brothers and sisters across Liberia and West Africa.

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Girls CHARGE, Tackling the Issues that Keep Girls Out of School

by Sarah Hendricks

On Wednesday, Plan International announced its part in a groundbreaking effort spearheaded by The Clinton Global Foundation’s “No Ceilings” Initiative and the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

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Fear and Desperation in Sierra Leone

by Kamanda K.

Kamanda is a youth advocate for Plan International, and lives in Port Loko on the north of Sierra Leone. In this blog, he describes what happened before and after the 3-day national lockdown which began on the 19th of September.

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