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Children playing together in Uganda
Today we work in over 70 countries to advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Plan International was founded over 80 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. 

1937 - John Langdon Davies
John Langdon Davies, founder of Plan International.

Today, we are a global organisation that is active in over 70 countries to advance children's rights and equality for girls. Over the next 5 years our ambition is to transform the lives of 100 million girls.

The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.

Langdon-Davies conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts the child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do. 

Plan International throughout the years

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