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September: Flood relief, fighting for girls, and the importance of education

Because I am a Girl team girl posing in Seattle, WA.
Because I am a Girl team girl posing in Seattle, WA.
September 1, 2012

Trivia Question

Which Plan country has the largest llama population?

Rainy Season Wreaks Havoc

Recent heavy rains, hurricanes, and flash floods have devastated several communities in various countries around the globe.

In Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods have demolished tens of thousands of homes and submerged entire villages, leaving 500,000 people at great risk. In Niger, half a year’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours, resulting in 75,000 people losing their homes. A record-breaking 17 inches of precipitation poured on the Philippines in less than 24 hours, affecting 1.3 million people. Hurricane Isaac left a trail of destruction across the already battered island of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands are in urgent need.

Children and families affected by disasters need your support. Thanks to your unyielding generosity, we know that together, we can make a difference.

Letter from the Editor

It's that time of year again. The days are getting cooler and summer vacations are coming to an end – signaling that "back-to-school" time is here!

While it's an exciting time for children and parents alike, the sad reality is that millions of children around the world won't be going back to school this fall. In fact, an estimated 115 million children that should be in school won’t be: poverty, illness, work and even early marriage will keep them at home.

That's why, over the past five years, Plan has invested over $180 million in primary education in more than 40 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, because we believe in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty.

Visit our Education page to learn more about what you can do, or give hope and help to those in need. Thank you from all of us at Plan!

Because I am a Girl Visits Seattle

The Because I am a Girl team is on a mission to spread the word about gender equality! We just spent several days in Seattle, Washington at Bumbershoot, one of the most popular art and music festivals on the West Coast. With over 100,000 people in attendance, there were plenty of opportunities to get the conversations started.

"Visiting Seattle gives us a unique opportunity to personally share the stories and challenges of girls in developing countries in a meaningful way, and encourage people to get involved," said Tessie SanMartin, Plan's President and CEO.

To learn more about our trip, visit our Because I am a Girl blog. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for all the facts you need to know, and to find out where we’re headed next!

What's New?

Featured Blog Posts

Change Needed for Niger to Bounce Back From Crises
Rheal Drisdelle, Country Director of Plan Niger, identifies the struggles Nigeriens are being challenged with. Youth empowerment and education may be the best solutions.

A Week of Leadership

Youth Outreach and Marketing Coordinator Dounia Bredes gives a recap of another successful year at YUGA camp.

Featured Video

Meet Rosematrie from Jacmel, Haiti
Rosematrie loves learning and using her imagination to create amazing things.

All About Girls

Introducing Nurul

October 11, 2012 marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child. Multiple Because I am a Girl delegates from around the world will share their stories. Find out why Nurul, a 15-year-old girl from Indonesia, is so passionate about ending child marriage. Read more.


The International Day of the Girl: October 11, 2012

Each day, girls throughout the world face shocking rates of violence, poverty, and discrimination. Because of their gender, girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition, be forced into an early marriage, be subjected to violence, be sold into slavery, or become infected with HIV.

In order to draw attention to the importance of girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face, the United Nations has adopted October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Plan is helping to lead the call for this world day as part of its Because I am a Girl initiative.

The International Day of the Girl will promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls, securing a brighter future for all of us. For updates visit our Facebook page or follow us on @bcimaGIRL.

Recipe of the month

Ndole, the national food of Cameroon, is a hearty and rich stew of bitterleaf greens, peanuts and protein. This traditional dish is easy to make at home when bitterleaf is substituted with winter staples like kale, swiss chard, or spinach. View recipe.

Trivia Answer

Bolivia is the proud home to over 3 million llamas, surpassing all other countries in the world. Because of this high population, it is not surprising that the llama is Bolivia’s national animal.


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