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May 2013: Learn How You Can Make a Difference!

Rick, Edna May, and Cesar stop for a photo in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
Rick, Edna May, and Cesar stop for a photo in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
May 1, 2013

Trivia Question

The popular game of chess originated in which Plan country?

Letters That Last a Lifetime: Meeting Our Sponsored Child, Cesar

Meet Rick DeFlavis and his wife, Edna May. Rick and his wife recently met up with their former sponsored child and were able to witness the impact of their sponsorship firsthand. This is their story...

Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to meet up with our former sponsored child, Cesar. Cesar is of particular importance to us because he was our very first sponsored child.

We began sponsoring Cesar, who is from Colombia, when he was just shy of 8 years old in 1988.

Over the next few years, we wrote to each other on a regular basis and my wife and I would often stress the importance of obtaining an education. We continued to exchange letters all the way up to Cesar’s 17th birthday. It was not too long after his birthday that Cesar decided to join the military, we moved to a new area, and we eventually lost touch.

Read the full story.

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May issue!

Many of you may have read about the devastating Savar building collapse in Bangladesh. Considered by many as the worst manufacturing disaster in modern history, it has drawn international attention to the hazardous work environments, dangerous working conditions, and extremely low wages experienced by garment industry workers around the world. In this issue, we provide an update on our efforts to reunite children with their parents and help those who have lost their loved ones.

We have lots of news to share with you this month, as well as new and exciting opportunities for you to get involved.

Are you an educator or do you know of any students who may be interested in learning more about global issues?

In addition to our upcoming Youth Summit, we’re currently accepting applications for our School-2-School (S2S) Linking program. Our S2S program connects youth in the United States with their peers in many of the developing countries where Plan works.

To learn more, please visit the “What’s New” section of the newsletter.

As always, we thank you for your continued interest and support!

You Can Help Us Protect a Child

Every year 51,000,000 children—or one in three births—are unregistered.

Without an identity, these children have no legal exisitence and are vulnerable to human rights violations such as child trafficking and child labor. In some countries, unregistered children are nearly "invisible" to authorities who are often unwilling or unable to trace a missing child simply because there is no way of proving age, nationality, or even existence.

Having a birth certificate or registration card is vital to accessing an education, receiving health care, seeking employment, and inheriting property.

Birth registration is not expensive. At the most basic level, a gift of $25 is a preventative measure that provides a child with an identity—a birth certificate or card that protects them from exploitation. A larger gift can help provide vulnerable girls who have been trafficked or sold into child labor with shelter, counseling, an education, and the vocational training that will enable them to rebuild their lives.

What's New?

Featured Blog Posts

On the Road to New Beginnings in Uganda
Plan International USA President/CEO, Tessie San Martin, discusses her recent trip to two communities in Uganda.

My Children Can Be Free of Malaria Forever
Habi Kanté, Plan community member in Mali, shares her newfound knowledge about malaria prevention.”


Featured Video

Wedding Busters
See how children in Bangladesh are playing an integral role in ending child marriage.


All About Girls

Championing Girls' Rights

Dodzi is an 18-year-old girl on a mission to make a difference in Bretelle, Togo.

Dodzi understands and values the importance of educating girls. She is sharing her knowledge with members of the community to delay child marriage and to keep girls in school.

Read More.

A Report Back on the Savar Building Collapse

Nearly a month after the worst building collapse in Bangladeshi history, crowds have begun to dissipate in Savar, a sub-district near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

However, a couple hundred people remain. Family members hold up photos of their missing loved ones. A few children are also present. Some are accompanied by family members, while others are alone.

Thanks to your support we have established help desks at Enam Medical College and Adharchandra High School in Bangladesh, to assist children in finding their parents and aid those whose parents have been injured or killed. We have also established a child-friendly space to protect children from harm and aid them in regaining a sense of normalcy.

You can help us in our efforts. To learn more, please visit our Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund page. Your donations will enable us to deliver hope to the children and families who need it the most, wherever they might be around the world.

Recipe of the Month

Almojábanas are cheese rolls popular in Colombia. Pair with coffee for a breakfast on the go. View the recipe here.


Trivia Answer

The earliest game of chess originated in India. This ancient pasttime, once called chaturanga, is over 1500 years old!


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