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July: Meet Our New Because I am a Girl Ambassador

We are proud to welcome actress Freida Pinto as our new Because I am a Girl ambassador!
We are proud to welcome actress Freida Pinto as our new Because I am a Girl ambassador!
July 1, 2012

Trivia Question

What Plan country takes home the red ribbon for bagpipe production, second only to Scotland?

Meet Our Brand New Because I am a Girl Ambassador!

Plan International USA is proud to welcome actress Freida Pinto onboard as part of our global effort to change the lives of girls and strengthen communities. Freida recently traveled with Plan to Sierra Leone, where she witnessed the Because I am a Girl initiative first-hand. Upon her return, she shared her experience in a personal blog.

"In Sierra Leone, the treacherous web of problems women face is endless — teenage pregnancies, forced or self-imposed prostitution to make ends meet, death during pregnancy, denial of education and the shocking female genital mutilation that is unfortunately embedded in tradition. There is no overnight solution to these problems, but here’s what I think — educate and empower a girl and she will help build a stronger community."

Find out more on Freida's blog!

Letter from the Editor

Now that news about our friend and Because I am a Girl ambassador Freida is out, we want to make sure you stay tuned in to all the exciting things she has to say! On July 11th she hit the airwaves on the Today Show to talk to hosts Matt, Kathy Lee and Hoda about her upcoming movie and give a special shout out to Plan.

Make sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest and greatest about her recent trip and continued support. For updates in 140-characters or less, follow her on Twitter @BecauseImFreida!

Many thanks to Ms. Pinto. We can't wait to see how your involvement will help change the world for girls!

YUGA Leadership Camp!

From July 22-28, 50 - 60 teens from the U.S. and other countries where Plan works will come together for a week-long summer retreat as part of Plan's youth program, Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA).

YUGA's upcoming campaign focuses on the Because I am a Girl initiative, so campers will learn from Plan staff about current development projects in the field. Teens will hone their 21st century advocacy skills and then put them to work in support of girls' rights and gender equality.

Learn more about YUGA camp.

What's New?

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The invisible children of Chiang Rai
Georgie Gaylor, social media editor of Plan International, recently witnessed south-east Asia's identity crisis first hand. Children without proper ID cards face crippling disadvantages within a complex social system.

Featured Video

Freida Pinto Visits the Field!
Check out footage from Freida's recent trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she ventured on behalf of Because I am a Girl.

All About Girls

Because I am a Girl Student Intern Faces Facts and Finds Hope
Taylor, a high school senior, spent two weeks working in our DC location. Find out what she learned about Because I am a Girl and the faith she has in the future. Read more!

Fashion for the Whole Family!

Join Plan in making a statement ... a fashion statement, that is. Our brand new Because I am a Girl tees are perfect for men, women, girls and boys committed to changing the world. You are what you wear, and whatever the up-and-coming runway trends may be, support never goes out of style.

35% of the purchase price of every adult, youth, toddler, and baby tee go directly to help support Because I am a Girl projects all around the world. Together, we can inspire the next generation of girls to stand up against gender inequality. Now that’s a powerful gift, don’t you think? Visit to purchase your tees today!

Recipe of the month

Diri ak Pwa, Creole for red beans and rice, is one of the national foods of Haiti. Though it may sound like a humble dish, the use of scotch bonnet peppers ensures it packs a serious punch. By adding beef, pork or fish to this culinary staple, diners add variety to the spice of Haitian life. View recipe.

Trivia Answer

Since a Scottish exporter came to explore in the 1920s, Pakistan has become one of the world's biggest manufacturers of bagpipes. The city of Sialkot in the northeast corner has more than two dozen factories large and small!


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