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Michelle Obama Cambodia Visit: Girls' Education/Child Rights NGO

BANGKOK - With First Lady Michelle Obama due to visit Cambodia on March 21 and 22 to promote girls’ education initiatives, NGO Plan International, one of the leading voices for girls’ education and child rights in Cambodia, will be available for interviews and project site visits.

Plan International’s flagship campaign, Because I am a Girl is known throughout the world as a leading voice for girls’ education and rights. Because I am a Girl creates sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to the most basic of human rights: clean water, food, healthcare, education, financial security, and protection from violence and exploitation.

Plan’s extensive work in Cambodia focuses on 9 key areas, including early childhood care and development, education, health, child rights, and gender issues. All of Plan’s programs are delivered with an emphasis on children’s development and the right of all children to a quality education, with special attention to girls and marginalized individuals.

Plan has dozens of development, education, and rights-based projects in the Siem Reap area, where Michelle Obama is visiting on Saturday and Sunday. Plan is available to host media visits to related projects in the area.

Plan’s Cambodia Country Director, Jan Jaap Kleinrensink is available for interviews in conjunction with Michelle Obama’s visit to Siem Reap. Jan Jaap is available for interviews in English and Dutch languages.

Available for interviews:

Jan Jaap Kleinrensink, Country Director, Plan International Cambodia

Originally from The Netherlands, Jan Jaap has worked in Asia for over a decade.

Interviews are available in English and Dutch.

Media Materials: Photos, videos, and case studies highlighting Plan’s work with girls in Cambodia are available for media usage at the link below, provided they are credited to Plan International:


About Plan International Cambodia:

Plan International has been working in Cambodia since 2002, helping poor children to access their rights to education, health, sustainable livelihoods and protection. Our work benefits more than 600,000 children and reaches nearly 80,000 families in more than 580 communities. In Cambodia, approximately 20% of the total population lives below the poverty line on half a dollar per day. Plan Cambodia works primarily in 3 provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, and Ratanakiri).

About Plan International USA

Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit

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