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November: Make a difference by giving differently

You can change the future of a community by purchasing a Gift of Hope this holiday season.
You can change the future of a community by purchasing a Gift of Hope this holiday season.
November 1, 2012

Trivia Question

Which Plan country is credited for discovering coffee?

Give Differently This Holiday Season

As soon as the calendar flips to November, it becomes Gifts of Hope time and the office bubbles with excitement about how much change we can make together.

To our dedicated supporters who have been with Plan for years, you continue to impact families and communities all around the world.

Sometimes it’s as simple as paying for a school uniform or supporting the construction of a village well. Whatever the gift, you have given the gift of hope and we can’t thank you enough!

The incredible dedication of our donors got us to thinking that this year's campaign really should be bigger. That’s why we are launching our Give Differently campaign...

Visit our site at for more information on each of the programs and free gifts we’re offering this year.

Letter from the Editor

Here at Plan International USA, Thanksgiving has always been a time of reflection for all of us. A time to be thankful for good health, good food, and the good times spent with our families and loved ones.

With all of the hustle and bustle that is sure to be coming our way in the days leading up to the holidays, we have already begun to see what will be the first of numerous holiday ads.–Each one encouraging us to make a purchase that will bring joy to another. While this may be true, we would like to thank each and every one of you who has purchased a Gift of Hope.

By Giving Differently, you have not only brought joy into the life of another, but you may have given a gift that has saved the life of another, hundreds of miles away. We salute you!


Because I am a Girl Lights Up the World

The first annual International Day of the Girl Child drew global attention to girls’ rights and the unique challenges and discriminations girls face. In celebration of this special day, Plan countries showed their support in a new and exciting way.

A total of 68 countries around the world took part in the launch of the Because I am a Girl global campaign. The Empire State Building, London Eye, Niagara Falls, and Egypt Pyramids were among the many landmarks that sported a pink makeover.

You can help support our Because I am a Girl initiative by donating today. Together we can lift 4 million girls out of poverty by 2015.

What's New?


Featured blog posts

Adventures in Peru
Senior Writer/Communications Specialist, Ann Wang, writes about her recent trip to Peru. Diverse Plan programs, breathtaking views, and delicious cuisine made this South American country especially memorable.

All in a lather on Global Handwashing Day
Darren Saywell, Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), outlines the strides and the struggles in handwashing with soap. While progress has been made, addressing particular habits will further impact the health and livelihood of children around the world.


Featured video

Painting the World Pink
See how we celebrated the International Day of the Girl.

Tragedy Strikes: Egypt Bus Crash Claims the Lives of 53 Children

A tragic bus crash in Assuit, Egypt has taken 53 young lives; 26 of these children were involved in Plan programs. Our thoughts are with the communities impacted by such a devastating loss. For more information, look for updates in our News Sectionor donate to our Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund.

End of Year Giving

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, we urge you to consider one of the many ways that you can help some of the most disadvantaged children, families, and communities around the world.

By giving a gift of cash or property, you will receive a charitable deduction for the full cash value of your gift. Moreover, if you make a gift of appreciated stock or securities, you will avoid any tax that would otherwise be due upon sale. For more information regarding this or any of our other giving options, please visit our legacy page.

Recipe of the Month

Ceviche, a national dish of Peru, is a combination of fresh fish and seasonings. This easy to make seafood dish is commonly served with corn and sweet potatoes. View recipe.

Trivia Answer

During the 9th century a goat herder from Ethiopia first discovered coffee. The popular beverage was spread throughout the world by the 16th century.