Poverty around the world is tragic for anyone to endure, but for children the suffering is especially heartbreaking. Plan is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that focuses its support on children in need. The world was a much different place in 1937, that’s when British Journalist John Langdon-Davies along with Eric Muggeridge started a charity to provide food, shelter and education for the children devastated by the Spanish Civil War. That effort expanded throughout Europe due to the Second World War, and has continued through to the 49 countries Plan operates within today.
Plan supports children of war torn countries and those suffering from natural disasters, as well as children dealing with malnutrition and disease along with extreme poverty. Plan recognizes the special circumstances surrounding girls in these situations. And have a special emphasis put toward the plight of girls. In 2007, Plan began its ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. The heart of the movement is to provide education, support and mostly hope to girls and young women for a brighter future. Girls living in these conditions are most often the victims of sexual violence, abuse and discrimination in any region and at all ages of their lives.
Children are the least represented in any war or poverty situation, but child trafficking is one of the most secretive. There are estimates of more than 1.5 million children ‘sold’ around the world each year. The effects of this on the children are devastating. Most are lured with the promise of earning a lot of money, some are sold by their families, and others are taken by force. Plan continues to research this terrible practice and works to change policies to end the suffering of children worldwide.
- Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries.
- Organization Type: Non-Profit
- Website: plan.org
- Founder(s): John Langdon Davies and Eric Muggeridge
- Founded: 1937
- Location: Warwick, RI
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