May: Videos, Obama, and great gifts for Mother's Day!
Plan USA eNews: May 2011
Plan in the news
S. Sudan: Plan moves to improve drinking water in Juba
'Clock is ticking' for refugees fleeing Ivory Coast
Plan International pilots program in Ifugao, Philippines
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Letter from the editor
Tired of giving Mom perfume and bath salts for Mother’s Day? This year, why not give her a gift that will make her smile AND bring lasting change to families in need?
When you shop Plan’s Gifts of Hope online catalog, you can give a special mom in your life a gift that will make a world of difference in the lives of those who need it most. And what mom wouldn’t want to know that the goat she got for Mother’s Day is helping a mother feed her children with nutritious milk and cheese?
Or that her Zambulance is transporting mothers-to-be to a health facility, so that they can receive the care they need to deliver their babies safely.
Shop our Gifts of Hope catalog today to find dozens of gifts that will give mothers around the world the support they and their children need to survive and thrive. After you choose the perfect gift, you can send your loved one an eCard letting them know that their Mother's Day gift is on its way to help others in need!
It’s official: President Obama has a birth certificate!
But what about the 51 million children born every year who don't get birth certificates? Learn about Plan's Universal Birth Registration campaign, featured this month on PlanUSA.org.
Did you know?
Rwanda is roughly the size of Vermont and has a population of about 10 million. Vermont's population is about 620,000. Get more facts>>
Highlights of Plan's disaster relief and recovery work
Life in cyclone-hit Myanmar returns with resilience
Three years after Cyclone Nargis decimated Myanmar’s southern coast, Plan is winding down relief efforts and upgrading its long-term presence in the country. View a slideshow of images, and read about how Plan has been helping families in Myanmar recover and rebuild their lives.
View the slideshow>>
Video: Ivorian children play safely in Plan camps
Watch this video as children, their parents and Plan staff talk about the war in Cote d’Ivoire, and the work that Plan is doing to protect children and help them regain a sense of normality while they wait for the conflict to end.
Watch the video>>
One woman's quest to find her long-lost "brother"
As a young girl, Els Zweerink’s family sponsored a boy named Guillermo through Plan. For 13 years, they wrote to Guillermo, and treasured every picture and letter they received in return. In November 2010, nearly 20 years later, Els made the decision to track down and finally meet her long-lost "brother."
Read about her journey>>
This month's featured blog post
In Haiti, girls carry water and the weight of the world
Plan Haiti’s Heidi Reed reflects on one of the many challenges affecting families in post-earthquake Haiti: water and the efforts people go through to get it. (Don't forget to share your comments - Heidi loves reading them!)
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