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October: Taking action to prevent future hunger crises

Thank you for supporting children and families affected by disasters like the current drought in East Africa.
Thank you for supporting children and families affected by disasters like the current drought in East Africa.
October 3, 2011

Plan International USA eNews: October 2011

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Help children and families affected by disasters


Letter from the editor

In times of crisis, generous donors like you have responded quickly to rush aid to affected children and families. From the earthquake in Haiti, to the current drought in East Africa, your support has made a difference to children in need by providing immediate relief, as well as long-term interventions needed to rebuild lives. Thank you!

In East Africa, where the ongoing drought has put over 13 million children and adults at risk of starvation, your recent support has helped us reach over a million people with emergency aid. As the situation persists, we continue to work in the region, providing life-saving supplies such as food, water and medicines to vulnerable families.

In addition to providing immediate aid, we are also proud to be a signatory on a new charter that aims to prevent future hunger disasters – while at the same time calling for the response for East Africa to be properly funded and scaled up. The charter, which was presented to the UN General Assembly last month, outlines key actions that governments and world leaders should take to end extreme hunger worldwide.

You can read "Never Again: A Charter to End Extreme Hunger" here.

Thank you again for all that you do to support children and families affected by disasters. Learn more about Plan's work in emergency situations, or make a donation to our Disaster Relief and Recovery programs.


Did you know?

Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first Africa woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize, was Kenyan. Dr. Maathai introduced the idea of women planting trees in Kenya to reduce poverty and conserve the environment. Get more facts about this month's featured countries.


International Day for Disaster Reduction

Children and youth as partners in disaster risk reduction Children and youth as partners in disaster risk reduction
When it comes to disaster risk reduction, Plan believes that everyone, including children and youth, can be active agents of change who can make a real difference within their schools, households and communities. On October 13th, help us raise awareness about what people around the world can do to strengthen their resilience and reduce their risks to disasters.
Learn more about the International Day for Disaster Reduction>>

Stories from the field

Small loans pull families in Cambodia out of poverty Small loans pull families in Cambodia out of poverty
Single mother of seven Hun Mai is now a successful business woman thanks to a Plan project in Cambodia that is providing microfinance services the poorest families in rural parts of the country. Learn how your support has helped Hun Mai and other families escape poverty and better care for their children.
Read more>>

Protecting vulnerable children from trafficking Protecting vulnerable children from trafficking
Plan's programs help prevent child trafficking by educating communities about its dangers, teaching children about their rights, and rescuing victims of this horrendous crime. Read the latest update on our anti-trafficking work in Nepal, where the sex-trafficking of girls is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Read the update>>

Plan staffer recognized in the Twittersphere!

Plan staffer named Top 20 Global Development Twitterati Linda Raftree named top Global Development Twitterati
Congratulations to Plan International USA's Linda Raftree for being named one of the Guardian's Top 20 Global Development Twitterati! Linda tweets and blogs about her ideas on international development, as well as her work as Plan's Senior Advisor for Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). Check out her latest posts on our blog!
Read Linda’s latest posts on the Plan International USA blog>>

Special offer from our Corporate Partner

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