March: Does your employer match charitable donations?
Plan USA eNews: March 2011
Plan in the news
Plan Ghana assists a 14-year-old spinal patient
South Sudan: Glimmer of hope as UK lawmakers visit once ‘war ravaged’ technical institute
Left unchecked, violence against girls will doom efforts to reach MDGs
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Letter from the editor
Did you know that your company’s matching gift program could make your charitable donations go even further?
Many companies have programs through which they match the charitable contributions made by their employees. Through a charitable gift matching program, your employer can multiply your gift to Plan USA – sometimes even doubling or tripling your initial donation!
It's a simple way for your gifts to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children and families around the world.
Find out today if your company has a charitable matching gift program!
If your company does not currently match employee donations, consider asking them to do so. Your employer will enjoy tax benefits, and together you will be helping to improve the quality of life for even more children around the world.
What's new on the web this month?Did you know? In Ethiopia, parents and children do not usually share the same last name. Traditionally, Ethiopian children take their father’s first name as their last name.
Ethiopia is also the birthplace of coffee, and if you are offered coffee here, it is considered rude to decline.
Want to get more interesting facts? Visit PlanUSA.org weekly to get more quick facts about this month's featured countries: Ethiopia, Laos, Niger, and Ecuador, and our featured program area: Vocational Training.
Or get a monthly country fact sent directly to your mobile phone! Just text Fact to 27138 or enter your mobile number online here.
55th annual Commission on the Status of Women
A girls delegation joins Plan at this year's CSW
A delegation of girls from around the world is joining Plan to participate in key events at this year’s CSW, which is aimed at examining the emerging role of technology and education for empowering girls and women.
Stories from the field
Puppet shows raise awareness in diverse communities
In Bokeo province in Laos, there are 44 different ethnic groups – each with its own language – making communication a big challenge. So, Plan is using puppet shows to raise awareness among children and their families on important issues, such as hygiene, sanitation, and child protection.
Read the full story>>
Video: South Sudan students' high school dreams
See how South Sudan's first vocational and technical skills school – Plan's Juba Technical High School – is helping former child soldiers and other young people turn their lives around.
Watch the video>>
March 21, 2011 is Plan Writing Day
Children love getting messages from their sponsors, and have tons of fun writing back to you. Let sponsored children know you're thinking of them. Write today!