October: How will you celebrate the Day of the Girl?
Which Plan country is home to the world's largest frog?
Marcia Cross and Plan Illuminate the Empire State Building
On Wednesday, October 10th at 12:30 p.m. actress Marcia Cross will light the Empire State Building pink and white in a special ceremony honoring the first annual International Day of the Girl on October 11th.
Joining Cross will be Tessie San Martin, Plan International USA’s President and CEO and youth delegates: Gifty, Maryam, and Nurul from Ghana, Pakistan, and Indonesia, respectfully.
The International Day of the Girl recognizes girls' rights and the unique challenges facing girls around the world. In order to highlight these barriers, Plan has led the call for this world day as part of its Because I am a Girl initiative.
The Empire State Building will remain lit from sunset on October 10th until 2 a.m. on October 11th.
For updates visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at @bcimaGIRL.
Letter from the Editor
Now that the back-to-school rush has ended and children have returned to their classrooms, it is surprising to know that 1 out of 3 girls worldwide are not in school. Forced out because of poverty, early marriage, and discrimination, many of these children are subjected to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse.
Because these barriers have developed over time, Plan is working to do more than provide short-term solutions. We work closely on a long-term basis with children, families, and their communities to determine and tackle the root causes of these issues. We also work with stakeholders at local, national, and international levels to increase public awareness, influence protection policies, and ultimately protect children from violence.
Visit our Protection page to learn more about what you can do to help. Thank you from all of us at Plan!
Plan lends support to flood victims
Flash flooding in Asia and Africa has harshly affected hundreds of thousands of children and families. The destructive rainfall in Niger destroyed over 14,000 homes leaving 176,000 homeless. In Myanmar, the monsoon forced 467 schools to close.
With your help, Plan has been able to provide aid to these disaster-stricken communities. 35 tons of supplies were delivered to Niger including tents and blankets. Relief kits containing hygiene items and other basic necessities were sent to Myanmar.
You can help struggling families survive by donating today. With your generous contributions and unyielding support we continue to positively impact those affected by disasters.
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All About Girls
Say “Hi” to Gifty!
In honor of the upcoming International Day of the Girl Child, let us introduce you to another Because I am a Girl Ambassador. Gifty is a soccer-loving 18 year old from Ghana who travels with her team to educate youth. Read more.
A Legacy of Caring for ChildrenWith the holidays fast approaching, many of us are planning ahead for the season. But what about beyond the holidays?
Over the years, many generous sponsors and donors have helped Plan International USA improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, their families and communities through child sponsorship. Many others have made special planned or “Legacy Gifts”– both during their lifetimes and through their estates. Gifts like Endowed Sponsorships have enabled us to reach thousands of children through vital development projects and programs.
At Plan International USA our Charitable Gift Annuities pay you for life and ensure that your legacy of caring for children lives on. To learn more about our Charitable Gift Annuities, visit our Charitable Gift Annuities page.
Recipe of the Month
Kelewele, a popular snack dish in Ghana, is a spice-fried plantain. This easy to make treat can be eaten any time of day and is delicious when paired with rice or stew. View recipe.
Surprisingly, the world’s biggest frog comes from Cameroon. This frog is known as the Goliath frog and can grow up to over a foot long!