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January: How many lives did you help change in 2012?

Typhoon Bopha has affected over six million people in the Philippines.
Typhoon Bopha has affected over six million people in the Philippines.
January 1, 2013

Trivia Question

Which Plan country has the highest number of active volcanoes?

Help Disaster Victims Like Those Impacted by Typhoon Bopha

A month after Typhoon Bopha made landfall over the municipality of Mindanao’s Davao Oriental, the scope and the severity of the devastation that has been left behind still remains.

Homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed, electrical and communication lines have been disrupted, water systems have been washed away, roads and bridges remain impassable, and many have lost their loved ones.

In the wake of the tragedy, Plan has been working to provide typhoon victims with access to medical attention, food and clean water, emergency shelter, and temporary learning centers where children can learn and play in a safe environment. Plan is also working to setup long-term solutions that will enable these victims to rebuild their lives.

To make a donation to children and families affected by disasters like Typhoon Bopha, please visit our Disaster Relief & Recovery page.

Letter from the Editor

To those of you who are new to Plan and to others that have been a part of Plan for years, we would like to thank you for your support in 2012. You have helped communities across 50 developing countries around the world.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to those who participated in Gifts of Hope this year, especially to all of our Facebook friends who participated in the ducks vs. chicks competition.

Your support will have a tremendous impact in the coming year, helping us to provide a better future for thousands of children and families.

We look forward to all we can accomplish in 2013. Again, thank you for your generosity. We wish you a happy and healthy new year!


It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gifts that are Needed the Most

We would like to thank those who have purchased a Gift of Hope this holiday season. Your continued support has truly made a difference in communities around the world.

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to Give Differently, don’t fret, there’s still time! There are gifts that are most needed for deserving families around the world. Gifts of agriculture such as a tree of life and a garden for a family will directly benefit communities in the Philippines. Purchasing a sheep will provide milk and wool for an impoverished family in Burkina Faso.

View all most needed gifts and start your new year by providing a family with the best gift of all— hope.

What's New?


Featured blog posts

Thoughts in the Wake of Tragedy
Plan Plan International USA CEO and President, Tessie San Martin, reflects on the tragedy at Sandy Hook and emphasizes the importance of child protection.

Child Protection a Major Issue After Typhoon Bopha
Plan International’s Web and Social Media Editor, Matt Crook, highlights what Plan has been doing to protect the children of Davao Oriental.


Featured Video

I'll Take it From Here
See the clash between a young girl's hopes and her reality.

Girls and ICTs

Linda Raftree, our Senior Advisor for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), shares some important perspectives on empowering girls through ICT. Though developments have been made, there are still barriers that prevent girls from reaping the benefits of ICT. Read more..

End of Year Giving

2012 was a very successful year for Plan International USA and for that we would like to extend our gratitude to donors like you. Your support helped us reach over 83.9 million children in 90,131 communities!

With your help we have improved health services in northern Uganda, distributed 2.8 million bed nets in Togo, given 400,000 more households improved access to sanitation, and positively affected the lives of millions around the world. Our work could not be done without the 600,000 dedicated volunteers that work in their local Plan communities. To view more of Plan's accomplishments, view our 2012 Year in Review page.

The Because I am a Girl initiative has also made great strides towards eliminating gender inequality. This year we welcomed a new Ambassador, Freida Pinto. We also played an integral part in paving the way for the UN's first annual International Day of the Girl Child in October. We are excited to continue spreading the word and celebrating girls around the world. Check out more achievements here!

Recipe of the Month

Gallo Pinto, the national dish of Nicaragua, is a combination of rice and beans. It's a great meal to enjoy any time of day. View recipe.

Trivia Answer

The geography of Indonesia is dominated by volcanoes. It has 127 active volcanoes, the highest amount in the world.