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May: Give differently this Mother's Day

May 1, 2012

Trivia Question

What Plan country is home to the most pyramids? Hint: it's not Egypt!


Letter from the Editor

Last month we told you that Because I am a Girl was taking over the city of Philadelphia... and we are pleased to report that our visit was a huge success!

On April 21st, we were thrilled to be invited to participate in the Philadelphia Science Festival, as guests of the radio station WBEN.

We had the opportunity to meet so many amazing women that work in the sciences, and we were able to spread the word about Because I am a Girl to thousands of people who attended the event.

To learn more about our time in Philly, visit our blog or check out this slideshow of pictures from the event!


Give differently this Mother's Day

This year, honor the moms in your life and make a difference in the lives of mothers around the world with Gifts of Hope! Imagine that for the price of a bouquet of flowers, you can give an entire family access to clean water. Or for the price of a bottle of perfume, you can help a young mother get the prenatal care she needs.

There are so many ways to give differently and you can see them all here. If you order your Gift of Hope by Tuesday, May 8th, you can send your recipient a personalized Mother’s Day card!

Shop Gifts of Hope for Mother's Day!


Food crisis in West Africa: Millions at risk

Plan is working to avert a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of West Africa, where some 13 million people are at risk from a food crisis. Erratic rains and an attack of pests and locusts destroyed entire harvests in 2011, leaving children and families with nothing to eat.

In Niger alone, more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger and nearly 2 million of them need food assistance right now. Plan is targeting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and adults with emergency food aid and support.

Help struggling families survive by donating today.


What's New?

Hosting a House Party?

Are you hosting a Because I am a Girl House Party this weekend? We're gearing up for ours on May 5th and will be commenting and tweeting real-time to give shout-outs to specific hosts as they raise funds to help girls. (Remember, all funds raised on Party Day will be MATCHED by one of Plan’s major donors, up to $65,000!)

So, how about you? How are you getting ready for your Because I am a Girl House Party? Please share your ideas and questions with us on the party site!


Featured Video

Dhaka Dreams: Street children in Bangladesh
See the difference that Plan-funded drop-in centers are making to thousands of children living on the streets of Bangladesh.


All About Girls

WEAR your support for girls with a Because I am a Girl t-shirt!
We now offer four different Because I am a Girl t-shirt styles! A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Because I am a Girl initiative to help fight gender inequality, promote girl’s rights, and impact the lives of millions of girls by 2016! Get yours today.


Travel with Plan International USA's CEO to Ecuador

Do you wish you could see the impact of your philanthropy firsthand? Or meet children and families whose lives are impacted by your generosity? Here’s your chance! Travel to Ecuador with Plan International USA's CEO, Tessie San Martin from July 8-13, 2012. You can also extend your stay and explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands - two extension packages are offered!!

To read more about this special travel opportunity, click here. For additional details or to sign up, please email us at or call Gail Candora at 800-556-7918, ext. 1337.


Recipe of the month

Payagua Mascada
Also called Paraguayan tortillas, these cassava and beef patties are a typical Paraguayan dish that is prepared to celebrate the festivities of San Juan on June 24. View recipe. 


Trivia Answer

While Egypt is most well known for its pyramids, Sudan actually has 223, double the number of pyramids in Egypt. Smaller and steeper than their Egyptian counterparts, the pyramids of Sudan are not nearly as famous.


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