August: Showing Your Support This Summer
What Plan country is home to the world's largest dam?
Youth Love Leadership Camp
The Youth Engagement Team at Plan International USA just closed another successful session of Leadership Camp, a week-long summer retreat for Plan's youth program, Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA).
40+ teens from across the United States, plus several young leaders representing Plan Liberia and Plan Bangladesh, came together to talk leadership and tackle global issues. Between their many intense workshops and activities, campers also found time to roast s'mores, climb a ropes course, and perform community service in Providence!
To learn more about Plan's upcoming youth programs, visit planusa.org/youth or follow YUGA on Twitter at @YUGAPlanUSA.
Letter from the Editor
All of us here at Plan hope you are enjoying the sun-filled days of summer! 'Tis the season for relaxation, fun in the fresh air, and taking time to enjoy the great outdoors in all its glory.
Though it's easy to forget during this time of year, the summer months bring great need to some of our most vulnerable communities. Crises like the Sahel food shortage, the floods in China and Bangladesh, and the tens of thousands of Malian refugees now displaced in Burkina Faso are happening right now, under the same sun that shines so brightly over our heads.
Visit our How to Help page to learn more about what you can do to give hope and help to those in need. Thank you from all of us at Plan!
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Click here to select EFT as your method of payment. We’ll send you a free Plan t-shirt as a thank you on behalf of all the children you help!
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Culture casualties in the food crisis
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All About Girls
The Olympics Brings Meaning to Girls all Over Africa
In the 2012 London Olympic Games, for the first time in history, each competing country has female athletes as part of its team. Find out about the hope, help and heart this brings to girls in Africa. Read more.
Coming Soon to a City ... Near You?
The Because I am a Girl team is back at it again! After shaking hands and taking names in the city of brotherly love earlier this year, the men and women in pink are looking to take a new location by storm once we near the end of summer. Can you guess where we're going?
Once we arrive at our mystery location, we'll be spreading the word about what we're doing, what girls are up against, and what you can do to help. Stay tuned to our social media channels to find out more about our upcoming adventure. Visit our Facebook page for the latest and greatest including picture clues! For hints in 140-characters or less, follow us on Twitter @bcimaGIRL.
Good luck guessing and hope to see you soon!
Recipe of the month
Som Tam, a national food of Thailand, is a savory, sweet and spicy salad made out of shredded papaya. The ingredients are traditionally mashed using a mortar and pestle. In fact, "som tam," one of the world's 50 most delicious foods according to CNN Go, literally translates to "sour pounded." View recipe.
Trick question! Two Plan countries share the honor. Landlocked Paraguay co-owns the Itaipu hydroelectric dam and powerplant with neighboring Brazil. The dam is the world's largest in terms of annual energy generation.