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May 2016: Believe in Resilience

Marquita knows that an ordinary person can help change the world!

Letter from the Editor


As members of the Plan movement, we believe in the resiliency of the human spirit.

While the world may be filled with destruction, devastation, and heartache, human resolve is stronger. Communities come together, survivors raise their voices and act, and we find a way to move forward.

As we focus on new challenges faced after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador last month, we have not lost sight of our commitment to Nepal, which is still rebuilding after earthquakes struck on April 25 and May 12 of last year. Communities are committed to building back better – and together, we are working side-by-side with partners to lay the foundation for a sustainable future.

“Resiliency” isn’t just found after a disaster. Resiliency can be seen in the collective success of communities fighting malaria, which was highlighted during World Malaria Day last week. Later this month, as we recognize Menstrual Hygiene Day, we celebrate the girl who refuses to be kept out of school or stigmatized because she has her period – or the boy who is mocked for standing up for girls.

Together, we can be resilient. We Plan to move forward – despite the obstacles that are ahead.

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.

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This Month's Articles:

  1. Plan to be "Radically Ordinary"

    Author and activist Marquita Burke-De Jesus considers herself to be an “ordinary” person, just like any other average American. Marquita’s life changed, however, when she discovered the difference between being ordinary – and being “radically ordinary.”

    Find out what compelled her, and why she is now partnering with Plan!

  2. From Child Participant to Plan Employee: Marcela is an Advocate for Child and Youth Rights

    After breaking free of a life filled with domestic violence and oppression, Marcela is now working for Plan International in El Salvador helping young people like herself forge their own path.

    Discover the journey that ultimately led her back home.

  3. Becoming the First Female Mason to Rebuild My Community

    When a massive earthquake struck Nepal last April, Shrijana and her family were working near her home, which was heavily damaged. The family lost most of their food, clothing, and household items.

    Although it has not been easy, she is slowly moving forward, building the life she intended for herself and her family.

    Find out how new skills she acquired with the help of Plan International have helped her rebuild her community.

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