Relief For Refugees
Since its establishment in 1937, Plan International has been on the front lines working on protection and improvements in the quality of life for refugees.
Plan was founded by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee aid worker Eric Muggeridge, who trucked orphaned and displaced children during the Spanish Civil War to safe camps in France, where they were provided medical care, food, shelter, and clothing.
While much has changed, Plan’s mission with regard to refugees remains similar. As part of Plan’s disaster relief and recovery efforts, it works to protect the rights of children, ensuring their immediate and long-term needs are met. Currently, Plan works with refugees in camps across the world, including Malian refugees in Burkina Faso, Syrian refugees in Egypt, Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon, and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda and Ethiopia.
Plan faces a difficult challenge, however. Refugee populations are growing as more people flee violence, political strife, and persecution. Plan needs increased resources to meet the needs of refugees around the world.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there were 10.4 million refugees across Africa and Asia, and an additional 4.8 million in the Middle East, at the beginning of 2013. More than 50 percent are in Asia and 28 percent are in Africa, according to the agency.
Learn more about Plan’s work with refugees:
- Conflict in the CAR Turns Lives of Mothers and Children Upside-Down
- Syrian Refugee Crisis: How Can You Help?
- Plan International Helps Young Refugees Pursue Dreams
- Plan Works in Rwandan Refugee Camps to Stop Gender-Based Violence
- Plan International Reacts to Water Scarcity for South Sudan Refugees
You can also make a donation to help refugees and others who have been affected by man-made and natural disasters.