April: What can a t-shirt do to change the world?
What Plan program country holds the world record for longest handshake?
Letter from the Editor
Thank you for helping the Because I am a Girl initiative get off to such a great start. Last month we launched our new microsite, and so far more than 730 people have pledged their support of the 4 million girl promise! Conversations have been flying on Facebook, Twitter and the official blog, and the Alex and Ani® bracelet is a huge hit.
So what’s happening this month? We’re excited to announce that for the first time ever, you can WEAR your support by purchasing the official Because I am a Girl t-shirt! (See below.)
We’re also taking over the city of Philadelphia this month to get as many people as possible to pledge their support. Look out for us if you're in Philly!
Stay tuned for more exciting things to come and thanks again for your support!
Buy a tee and change a girl's life!
BIG news! The first official Because I am a Girl t-shirt is now available for pre-order - and for a limited time only, you can get yours for just $15! Proceeds from the sale of every Because I am a Girl t-shirt will go directly to support girls’ education and empowerment projects all over the world. (Bet none of your other tees do that.)
Wondering how to get one? That’s easy. Reserve yours now, and then help us get the word out - post it, tweet it, text it, email it. We have to have 1,000 shirts reserved by 9am on April 12th in order for everybody to get the special price. Reserve your Because I am a Girl tee now!
Because I am a Girl is taking over Philly!
We are thrilled to announce that the Because I am a Girl team is taking over the city of Philadelphia! During the month of April, we're hoping to get as many people as possible to pledge their support for Because I am a Girl.
We’ll be on the ground in pink vests, coming across the radio airwaves and blanketing the city with powerful ads. If you’re in Philly and see our ads, be sure to snap a photo and share them with us on our Facebook page.
Featured Blog Posts
Reflections from a former Plan-sponsored child
When Khady Diop of Senegal was 6 years old, she became a Plan sponsored child. Now a successful businesswoman and mother, she shares her experience with us in her own words.
Grains of sand in Rajasthan
Plan International USA President/CEO Tessie San Martin recently traveled to Roopwas, India and met 15 year old Chandni. Chandni wants to be a doctor to help her mother and sister who have HIV - but the odds are stacked against her.
How Sponsorship Benefits the Whole Community
Reina Elizabeth, a youth radio host from El Salvador, takes us on a trip around her village to show how sponsorship benefits the whole community.
Do you pin?
Plan is on Pinterest, and we've got a brand new board dedicated exclusively to girls! Check out our Because I am a Girl board on Pinterest for videos, shocking statistics and photos from our girl-focused projects around the world.
Plan featured in "Investing in Women and Girls" publication
Plan International USA President/CEO Tessie San Martin was included in the fourth edition of Mediaplanet Publishing’s "Investing in Women and Girls" publication series. As part of the Panel of Experts, Tessie shared Plan’s views on how investing in girls is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty throughout the world. The publication raises awareness of the potential women and girls have as the world’s greatest untapped resource, highlighting their empowerment as crucial to achieving global economic progress, political stability and greater prosperity for the world.
Reaching over 3 million readers, Investing in Women and Girls was distributed as a special sixteen-page section within USA Today in parts of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. With contributions from key opinion leaders like Secretary Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the publication inspires readers to become a part of this worldwide movement.
Download a copy of the publication, "Investing in Women and Girls"
- Sweet business success for women in Timor-Leste
- Mothers globally face barriers to register births
- Rainwater harvesting in Nepal ends water woes
Recipe of the month: Llapingachos
Llapingachos are a famous Ecuadorian dish. They are potato patties or thick pancakes stuffed with cheese and cooked on a hot griddle until crispy brown. Yum! View recipe.
The longest handshake in history lasted 42 hours and 35 minutes and was achieved by Dinesh and Pawan Timilsina in Nepal on March 6, 2011.