September: Helping children get back to school
Plan International USA eNews: September 2011
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Letter from the editor
It's that time of year again: The days are getting cooler and summer vacations are coming to an end – signaling that "back-to-school" time is here!
This month more than 50 million children in the U.S. will head back to school. It's an exciting time for children and parents alike – a time to catch up with friends, meet new teachers and establish new routines.
But the sad reality is that millions of children around the world won't be going back to school this fall. In fact, an estimated 115 million children that should be in school won’t be: poverty, illness, work and even early marriage will keep them at home.
That's why Plan works in 50 developing countries to help children realize their right to quality education. We set up and support schools, train teachers, supply learning materials and provide scholarships – all of which would not be possible without your support. We invest more in education than in any other program area, because we believe in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty.
Please read our latest update on how your support is helping Plan get children back to school and realizing their full potential.
If you would like to help get more of the world's children back to school, consider purchasing uniforms, school supplies or other Education Gifts of Hope. Or for a long-term gift, you can also become an Education Solutions Sponsor.
Did you know?
Timor-Leste was controlled by Portugal for 400 years. Just 9 days after gaining independence, the country was invaded and occupied by Indonesia - a rule which lasted for the next 25 years.
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Drought in East Africa: Update
Learn how your support is helping families in East Africa
Read the latest update on our emergency operations in drought-stricken East Africa - and then watch a video as a village elder from Ethiopia speaks about how the crisis has affected his family and community.
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Stories from the field
Couscous production means financial security for women
Learn how Plan helped a group of Senegalese women turn a small couscous-making operation into a well-functioning business enterprise - which now even sells products across borders and to large companies and universities!
In pictures: Protecting the Philippines' indigenous tribes
Watch this slideshow and learn about the challenges faced by the indigenous Mangyan tribes, and how Plan is helping them to realize their rights and gain title of their ancestral land.
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This month's featured blog post
"Child Marriage Free" in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, 2/3 of all girls are married before the legal age of 18. In this month’s featured blog post, Plan UK’s Naomi Williams reports from the village of Laxmipur, where girls are advocating that their communities end early and forced marriages and become "Child Marriage Free."
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See your philanthropy in action
October 16-24, 2011: Join Plan on a trip to India!
See the impact of your philanthropy firsthand when you travel with us to Mumbai, India. Get to know children and families living in Mumbai, share in cultural activities, gain an in-depth understanding of Plan's programs, and see firsthand how your contributions are changing lives! Time is running out to register for this exciting travel and learning experience.
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