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March: Education, Protection, and Gender Equality

You can help children in the developing world receive an education and reach their full potential!
You can help children in the developing world receive an education and reach their full potential!
March 1, 2013

Trivia Question

Which Plan country houses the world's largest swamp?

Your Support Explands Education for All

What does a child need to go to school? You may answer pencils, crayons, and paper. But what does a child in the developing world need to attend school? The answer may not be that simple.

Your partnership enables us to deliver much needed supplies and create programs and systems specifically designed to help children in the developing world attend school, learn skills, and reach their full potential!

This year, Plan will also attend the Comparative International Education Society Conference allowing us to be your voice in discussing high-level issues with key scholars, government officials, and policymakers to create change and expand the reach of education.

View our event page to learn more!

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to this month's edition of eNews. We have lots of exciting events to share with you!

This month we will attend the Comparative International Education Society Conference on your behalf to discuss and breakdown the barriers that prevent children from attaining a quality education.

We’re also teaming up with the government of Bangladesh to present a side event at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women. The event will share key Plan findings that have empowered children to say “no” to child marriage in Asia. All of this would not be possible without your unwavering support!

Speaking of girls…Later this month, keep an eye on your inbox to see how we use the power of illustration to highlight the unique challenges faced by girls in our new "Protect a Girl" e-mail series.

Stay tuned for more details, and as always, we thank you


Introducing...Your New Link to Protect a Girl

Protect a Girl is your way to help put an end to the injustices facing girls in developing countries across the globe, and to give girls a chance to release their inner superheroes!

You can show your support for girls, make a donation, or sign up for the Because I am a Girl newsletter at the just-launched website

Join our Celebrity Ambassadors, 10x10, and Alex & Ani in giving girls the power to build brighter futures.

Educate her, support her, and protect her and she will change the world! Visit

What's New?

Featured Blog Posts

Plan International USA's CEO, Tessie San Martin, discusses her recent trip to India. Learn how supporters like you are helping to make a difference in poverty-stricken villages like Ananthasgar.

Thoughts from the 57th CSW

Ann Wang, Plan International USA's Senior Writer, shares her experience at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women.


Featured Video

Safer Cities: Welcome to Delhi
See the challenges girls face in Delhi, India.


All About Girls

Welcome Kate Nash!

As a part of Plan's new program, Safer Cities for Girls, we are taking a look into the life of 15-year-old Rehana. For a girl from Delhi, daily activities such as taking public transportation and going to the park are hazardous. Find out how she protects herself and what advice she gives to other young girls. Read more.


Speaking Out Against Child Marriage

Each day, thousands of girls are forced into marriage long before they are ready. Some child brides are as young as 10 years old.

Your support helps to prevent child marriages by educating girls and parents, keeping girls in school, and providing alternative opportunities for women and girls.

The issue of child marriage is complex and requires attention on many levels. This week, several of our staff will team up with the government of Bangladesh to present a side event on this topic at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

Dr. Christine Sow, Plan International USA’s Vice President for International Programs, will provide key remarks to set the stage for the panel presentations that will discuss the causes, consequences, and challenges surrounding child marriage in Asia.

You can learn more about the ways that your contributions help prevent child marriage and protect girls at Because I am a Girl.

Recipe of the month

Pol Sambol is a traditional Sri Lankan side dish. It's a spicy addition to any meal and is great atop fresh bread. View recipe.


Trivia Answer

Pantanal is the world's largest swamp and is primarily located in Brazil. This marshaland covers 57,915 square miles, which is greater than the surface area of England!


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