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At Plan International USA, we offer a smart and tested way to form inspiring connections with amazing children, while empowering communities all around the world.

We focus less on feeding, clothing, and sheltering communities, and more on equipping them with the tools to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves by allocating funds to where they are needed most. This approach maximizes impact while allowing our sponsors to develop meaningful connections with brave, determined children.

Through this unique partnership, both sponsors and sponsored children are continually inspired and reaffirmed in their commitment to making the world a better place.

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My Name is Nagnagale

I am a 16 year old girl from Mali

Nagnagale and family live in the area of Kangaba. Kangaba is an ancient city in Mali. The average size of a household is 6.9 persons. The main activities are agriculture, trade, fishing, livestock breeding and traditional gold mining. There are many primary schools in the area because these are set up by the community members themselves, however, buildings are not well adapted and teachers not well skilled. There are some community health centers to provide primary health care to the population. However, due to the acute level of poverty of households, populations tend to call upon traditional healers before seeking modern health care. Child labor in artisanal gold mining sites, early marriage of girls, persistence of the practice of FGC continue making children and particularly girls more vulnerable physically and psychologically or make them turn down from school. Plan has been working in Kangaba since 1982 and has made significant steps towards improving upon the wellbeing of children and their families. Early childhood development centers have been created and equipped with educational materials. Thanks to information and education sessions carried out on the consequences of the FGC and the importance to respect the child rights, a local agreement to abandon this harmful practice was signed in one village. Birth attendants and vaccinators have received adequate training and are now skilled to perform in the health centers.

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About Nagnagale

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a borehole, up to 5 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Nagnagale's family lives in a house made of brick with a corrugated asbestos sheeting roof and a cement floor.

Health

According to the family, Nagnagale has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Malick

I am a 15 year old boy from Sudan

Malick and family live in a community located in the central region of Sudan. Houses are small and made of straw and mud. Kerosene lamps are used for lighting as electricity is non-existent. The majority of the population work as farmers but crop production is too low to fulfill their needs. The communities lack access to safe water resulting in widespread incidences of illnesses from waterborne diseases. People cook their daily meals over open fires fueled by wood or animal dung. There are few schools available and the ones that do exist need renovations. Health services in the communities are inadequate and people seeking treatment for major illnesses must travel long distances to reach hospitals. The families have a strong desire to improve their lives. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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About Malick

Access To Water

The family's water is piped into their dwelling.

How They Cook

The family uses natural gas for cooking.

Type of House

Malick's family lives in a house made of covered adobe with a thatched roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Malick has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Yeribou

I am a 16 year old girl from Burkina Faso

Yeribou and family live in the area of South West, Burkina Faso. South West is approx. 381 kilometers from the capital city of Ouagadougo. The land is very wide and rough with hills and two rivers-Bougouriba and Mouhoun. Families live in traditional houses built with mud and sticks, called “Sukala”. More than 56% of all households in South West live below the poverty line which is estimated at about $165/year/adult. Many children particular girls do not have access to primary and secondary school due to few classrooms and the poor living conditions of their parents. The majority drop out of school because of difficult conditions, violence, walking long distances, food shortage, forced or early marriages, and unwanted pregnancies. Plan since 1993, has made a significant difference in the lives of the people. Plan built and rehabilitated over 300 classrooms for primary and secondary schools. Students were provided with school supplies and classroom desks. This led to an increase in enrollment of children especially girls. Plan supported child vaccinations and provided all households in the region with treated mosquito nets. Plan also supported the training of health professionals and village health workers, built 190 boreholes and 268 school latrines, protecting children from preventable diseases. Plan will continue to work on malnutrition problems, primary education, child rights and develop communication skills of children thru capacity building programs.

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About Yeribou

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a borehole, up to 5 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Yeribou Masse's family lives in a house made of dirt with a turf roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Yeribou Masse has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Gali

I am a 16 year old boy from Ethiopia

Gali and family live in a community in the southwest of Ethiopia. In each family, on average, there are seven to ten family members living under one roof. Most people depend on farming for income. Houses are round shaped huts made of wood, mud and straw. There is only one health center in the area. When people get sick many prefer to go to nearby traditional practitioners or use herbal medicines. Schools are poorly furnished, and classrooms are overcrowded. There are no preschool centers for children under age seven. Safe drinking water sources are limited. Many people drink water from polluted rivers and streams. Sickness from waterborne diseases is common. Sanitary waste facilities are needed. The families are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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About Gali

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a spring, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Gali's family lives in a house made of bamboo and mud with a metal roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Gali has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

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