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July: See How You're Changing Lives!

July 1, 2013

Trivia Question

Asia's largest bird sanctuary is located in which Plan program country?

Seeing Hong Kong Through Kinda's Eyes

Even though Jack and Katheryn's sponsorship of Kinda had ended many years ago, they have always kept in touch. Find out why Jack decided to sponsor a child with Plan and see what it was like for him to meet Kinda after 43 years of correspondence! This is his story...

In 1968, I was stationed on a U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter in Boston, Massachusetts and my late wife, Katheryn, was working as a bank teller.

While we had always been active in the youth programs at our local church, we were looking for a way to help other youth who were living outside of the United States. It was during this time that we decided to sponsor our very first child through Plan International USA–an 11-year-old girl named Kinda who was living in Hong Kong...

Read the full story.

Letter from the Editor

We would like to open this letter by thanking everyone who completed last month's reader interest survey. Your input will enable us to bring you the stories that you'd like to read where you want to read them!

If you haven't had the chance to complete the survey, there's still time! Visit our survey page to provide your feedback and offer suggestions for upcoming issues.

This month, Plan was proud to support Malala as she made history on her 16th birthday. Malala, as some of you may know, was the 15-year-old girl who was shot as she sat on her school bus–simply because she was an advocate for girls' education.

Malala has since made a full recovery and now she and many other brave youth are fighting for education more than ever! Visit the "All About Girls" section of the newsletter to learn how!

There are a number of ways that you can protect children and keep them in school!

Visit our education page to provide children with the resources that they need to go to school or make a donation to the "Education for All" fund.

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

A Journey to School: See What It's Like to Walk Four-and-a-Half-Miles in Sylvia's Shoes

For many students who live in the developing world, walking to school is not a choice. It is the only option.

As part of our Journey to School series, we have documented the journey of Sylvia*, an 8-year-old student living in Tanzania.

Like many of her peers, she faces several challenges on her commute and there are many days when she must make this four-and-a-half-mile journey alone.

View our slideshow to see the challenges that she may encounter on her journey to school.

*Editor's Note: Sylvia's name has been changed to protect her identity.

What's New?

Featured Blog Posts

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Plan International USA President/CEO, Tessie San Martin, gives insight about the overhead ratio metric in nonprofits after charity watchdogs denounced it as a valid indicator of nonprofit performance.

Invest in the Future: Invest in Nutrition
Tessie San Martin, Plan International USA President/CEO, discusses the emerging economy in Indonesia. Although breakthroughs have been made, malnutrition and access to safe drinking water are still problems.

Featured Video

Dear Malala:
Girls around the world write to Malala in support of universal education.


All About Girls

Youth education advocate, Malala, turned 16 on July 12th. This year she spent her birthday at the United Nations in New York!

Other youth delegates from around the world joined Malala in addressing governments and leaders about the issues that keep children out of school. Read more here.

Bringing Joy to the Residents of Pela

This month, we would like to share one of the many stories of how Plan is making a difference in our program countries. Here's one of the most recent stories of how Plan has helped the residents of Pela, a small community located in southeast Guinea.

After a devastating fire destroyed Pela's community health center, its residents had no other choice but to make the 19-mile trip to the neighboring center in Yomou–a trip that was particularly difficult for pregnant women who needed immediate medical assistance.

Realizing the strain being put on the community, Plan rallied members of the community to come together to source the materials and provide the workmen needed for the construction of a new facility.

After a few months of construction work, the new facility was inaugurated last month amid community fanfare and celebration.

The new facility serves more than 5,000 people in and around Pela and the services offered range from basic health care and simple surgeries to pre- and postnatal consultations and child delivery.

"The construction of the new center is a relief for me and for the community of Pela. We are truly proud of the new center that Plan has made available to us," says André Haba, who heads up the new facility.

Recipe of the Month

Mushikaki, a meat and onion kabob popular in Rwanda, is a great addition to any summer barbeque! View the recipe here.


Trivia Answer

Haleji Lake in southern Pakistan is home to many Siberian migratory birds. It is also a major source of freshwater to the increasing population.


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