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April 2013: Be a Part of the Change that You Want to See

Rolf poses for a picture with his sponsored child, Ava, and her family.
Rolf poses for a picture with his sponsored child, Ava, and her family.
April 1, 2013

Trivia Question

A man from this Plan country is the world’s fastest Rubik’s cube solver. Can you guess where he is from?

My Visit With Eva

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit your sponsored child? While on a recent business trip to Honduras, Rolf Wulfsberg was able to meet his sponsored child, Eva, and her family. This is his story...

Monday began early in the morning. I jumped out of bed at 3:00 AM full of excitement and anticipation knowing that the next day I would actually get to meet my sponsored child, Eva. I shaved, showered, dressed, and headed to LaGuardia airport for my 6:00 AM flight to Miami.

Upon clearing customs in Tegucigalpa, I was now ready to face a country that I didn’t know and a language that I didn’t speak...

Read the full story and view Rolf's pictures from his trip!

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the April issue!

This month we're pleased to share our newly launched Spring Give Differently shop with you. Our newly updated shop features new gifts and t-shirts that are perfect for your moms, dads, and grads, too!

You can also read the inspiring story written by Plan sponsor, Rolf Wulfsburg, who made the trip of a lifetime to visit his sponsored child in Honduras and witnessed some of Plan's educational work in action. Rolf returned from the trip inspired and couldn't wait to share his story with Plan. And we couldn't wait to share it with you!

Donors and sponsors like you enable us to work with communities from the ground up, and we can't thank you enough for your help. It is always a wonderful feeling to know that you are creating the change that you want to see in the world, and to see how you're making a difference–well, that is even better!

 

Give Differently this Spring–Give a Gift of Hope

Spring is here–and so are our new Gifts of Hope!

With every purchase that you make, you’re helping us provide some of the most marginalized families with the most basic necessities.

As a thank-you gift, you may choose to receive a beautiful hand-braided leather bracelet made by a women’s skills training group in Uganda. With select livestock gifts, you may choose to receive a Planimals T-shirt.

With 4 new T-shirt designs, there's one for every personali-tee!

 

What's New?


Featured Blog Posts

Economic Booms, Water Committees, and Cambalhotas
Plan International USA President/CEO, Tessie San Martin, discusses the reality of communities like Arraial in Brazil. Although progress has been made in addressing the lack of sanitation and the need for a primary school, a government response is critical.

World Water Day Congressional Advocacy

Maame Yankah, Plan International Youth Representative, shares the journey that led her to become a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) ambassador and her first experience at “Hill Day.”

 

Featured Video

India's Tobacco Girls
In Kadiri, India, women and girls as young as 5 daily roll tons of tobacco into cigarettes with bare hands and sharp knives.

 

All About Girls

Shop for Girls Around the World

The Because I am a Girl store has never looked so good! New additions include handmade wooden bangles, stylish scarves, cell phone cases, and much more!

The best part? A portion of the proceeds from every purchase goes toward supporting girls in the developing world. Wouldn't you like to give a gift that gives back?

 

Help Us Deliver the Urgent Aid Needed in Mali

Two years after erratic rainfall and an attack of pests destroyed entire harvests and a year after the conflict began, more than 447,000 people - half of them children - have fled fighting in northern part of the country. The displaced are now scattered across six countries.

In early 2012, Plan deployed emergency teams to deliver immediate aid to desperate children and families.

With your support, we have set up refugee camps that provide vital aid to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and adults in some of the worst hit areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cameroon, and Senegal. This aid includes: food, educational kits and classes for students, safe water and sanitation, and psychological support and protection for children and their families.

This aid is just part of Plan's response to the complex emergency situation that is still unfolding in the Sahel region of West Africa as new refugees arrive at the camps each day.

You can help continue this life-saving work. Please give to the Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Your donations will enable us to expand operations and deliver aid to the families and children who need it the most!



Recipe of the month

Pupusas are a favorite in El Salvador. With many fillings to choose from, you can customize this stuffed tortilla and make it your own! View recipe.

 

Trivia Answer

Bingliang Li from China holds the world record for solving a Rubik’s cube in 8.65 seconds! Anyone care to challenge him?

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