August 2014: Your Support Changes Lives for the Better
Letter from the Editor
Welcome to the August issue!
This month, Plan International USA is proud to announce the conclusion of yet another successful Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Leadership Summit at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. At this year’s conference, a group of ambitious young leaders from all over the world came together to understand global issues, develop leadership skills, and network across cultures.
We’d like to thank all involved – especially the bright young leaders who, even at a young age, are already making a meaningful difference in the world.
This past month, Plan continued to solidify itself as a global leader in education, when 41 attendees from various nonprofits and international development agencies gathered at its Washington D.C. Headquarters to learn more about successful education programs. Plan highlighted two of its effective projects in Burkina Faso, including the Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls' Chances to Succeed (BRIGHT) program and subsequent Burkina Response to Increasing the Development of Girls’ Education (BRIDGE) project. Speakers included Plan President and CEO Tessie San Martin, the Ambassador of Burkina Faso Seydou Bouda, and Co-Founder of Women Thrive Worldwide Ritu Sharma.
On July 14, Plan joined the global community in once again recognizing Malala Day. Malala, a young Pakistani girl, survived an assassination attempt just two years ago for speaking her mind on the importance of education. On her birthday, Plan raised its voice in support of Malala and her cause by showcasing its many education programs and standing up for girls’ education.
Plan continues to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the technical lead on social mobilization for the coordinated regional response amongst international non-governmental organizations in the area, Plan will be leading the charge in ensuring the public is educated on the disease, active parties are communicating, and pertinent information is disseminated at the community level.
As always, we’re looking ahead. If you’re in Seattle on Labor Day weekend, we’ll be “Setting the Stage for a Better World” at Bumbershoot Music Festival. And, we’re gearing up for International Day of the Girl October 11. We’re look forward to celebrating with you!
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue!
Sponsoring Children and Building Relationships
During a sponsor visit, Judy and Dave Milligan were blown away when they saw the connection that formed between a child they sponsored and their granddaughter. The heartwarming moment convinced the Milligans to continue building more relationships with children around the world.
Read on to find out how many more children they’ve sponsored over the last 14 years!
Embodying Social Responsibility
Employees at Hobsons, an education-solutions company, are dedicated to helping educators, administrators, students, and families.
They’re also dedicated to charitable work overseas. Each year, employees raise funds in support of the construction or renovation of a school in one Plan International USA program country. This year, they traveled to Vietnam to see their schools in action. Take the journey with them!
Family Legacy Lives on Through Program in China
Hoping to continue a family legacy of medicine and service, Joseph Logan and his wife, Nancy, partnered with Plan International USA to treat childhood illness in China – just as his grandparents had done over a century ago.
Recently, they accompanied Plan to Xinhua, China, where they met locals and saw their program come to life – and they’ve shared their photo album with us!
Read their story.