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June 2014: See How You're Changing Lives, One Child at a Time!

June 1, 2014

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the June issue!

We hope 2014 has gotten off to a good start for you!

We hope you’ve had a pleasant spring, and that your summer is off to a great start!

Here at Plan, we’ve been welcoming the changing seasons with great events and a continued focus on our incredible programs.

Plan supporters, staff, students, and teachers from across southern New England gathered in Providence, RI April 26 for Walk4Wells – a unique walk-a-thon during which we walked for water so that a boy or girl doesn’t have to. The money raised will go toward building wells for children, villages, and communities in Burkina Faso. Participants carried hundreds of pounds of water through an obstacle course at a local high school. Although we braved some April showers, the event drew more than 70 participants and raised more than $4,000!

Given the event’s success, we are encouraging our supporters to put on their very own Walk4Wells! Learn how here!

We’ve also been taking some time to recognize the six-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan – a devastating natural disaster that hit the Philippines last November. More than 14 million people were affected, 4 million were displaced, and 1 million homes were partially or completely damaged. Plan, with your unwavering support, is working with community members to rebuild and regroup. Helping children return to school, disbursing unconditional cash grants, and simply putting smiles on the faces of children are a few of the ways we are assisting. There is still a long way to go, but through continued recovery and rehabilitation programs, we hope to improve the lives of those affected by the typhoon.

From June 16 to June 26, we’re highlighting 10 days to invest in a girls’ education by acknowledging the transformative power of educated girls and ensuring girls and boys are at the center of educational change.

The 10 days will involve two important events. The theme of Day of The African Child (June 16) is “quality education.” Plan’s youth delegates will stage a takeover of the African Union to advocate for education. And, at the Global Partnership for Education pledging conference in Brussels on June 26, African and world governments will be asked to pledge their commitment to education.

Of course, Plan is always looking to advocate for and work with communities in more than 50 developing countries around the world, but we can’t do it without your support. Our Count Every Child campaign is addressing an often overlooked, yet critical issue: More than one-third of children globally do not have their births registered. A child without a birth certificate is invisible – subject to child labor, exploitation, and even child slavery. Together, we can address this problem. You can provide a child with a Gift of Hope – a birth certificate. For just $25, a child will be counted and protected.

On behalf of everyone at Plan, we thank you for your support and hope that you enjoy this month's issue!


Visiting Ethiopia and Connecting with the World

For more than 30 years, Susan has touched the lives of children around the world with her generous sponsorships and donations. But, it wasn’t until she joined Plan on a trip to Ethiopia that she truly saw the incredible impact each and every dollar was making.

Read about what prompted her to make the life-changing journey to the field - and how you can do the same!!


Shattering Glass and Fighting for Education

When Saatah was 16, she ran for class president and was reminded that the barriers for girls in Liberia are, often times, rock solid.

Find out whether her run was successful…and how she’s taking on even bigger challenges!


Birth Registration: Getting Everyone in the Picture

Did you know that 230 million children around the world are all but invisible because they have not been counted?

When children aren’t registered at birth, they don’t matter and their rights can be systematically violated…but Plan is committed to counting every child.

Learn more and become part of the movement!