We receive income in the form of grants from governments, trusts and companies. These funding partnerships allow us to run more, better quality programmes around the world supporting more children and their communities.
Girl Power Programme
Plan International in the Netherlands leads a programme that unites 6 non-governmental organisations, supported by the Dutch government, to promote equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women. The programme is set up to fight injustices that girls and young women face daily in 10 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
The programme has been granted €52 million over 5 years (2011-2015) to help Plan International and its partners ensure the full participation of girls and young women in society, politics and the economy.
As part of the Girl Power Programme, I want to change peoples’ mind-sets around violence. I want to help those who have suffered harassment
In 2014, the Girl Power Programme:
- Empowered 88,500 girls with lifeskills through sports, sexual and reproductive health education, basic numeracy and leadership skills
- Responded to more than 275,000 calls from children, half of them girls, through 11 child helplines
- Supported 239 shelters for girls who have experienced gender-based violence
- Successfully lobbied 168 villages to become child-marriage free
- Provided more than 2.535 scholarships, allowing girls in Ethiopia and Ghana to continue their education
- Trained 1,814 adolescent girls and young women in vocational skills
- Broadcast 945 radio programmes sharing messages on girls’ rights.
In Nicaragua, the programme is supporting young people to become agents of change, helping other girls know their rights.
18-year-old Maykelling left school aged 14. “I am now part of Plan International Nicaragua’s Girl Power Programme as I want to encourage troubled teenagers to see life in a different way. When people are having problems, I give them advice and show them how they could have a better future. I share my story with boys and girls who have fallen prey to drugs or teen pregnancy and I tell them about the Plan International-supported training sessions that could change their life.”
In 15-year-old Yuma’s community, acts of violence at the hands of gangs are common. “As part of the Girl Power Programme, I want to change peoples’ mind-sets around violence. I want to develop new ideas and I want to help those who have suffered harassment.”
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters
We are leading the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme in Myanmar, in an alliance of 6 organisations, which supports communities to cope better with disasters and changes caused by climate extremes. The programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) with a grant of £5 million and runs from January 2015 to December 2017.
“We have suffered a lot from natural disasters, and it is time to prevent it,” says U Mg Wai Thaung, a member of the village development management committee in Rakhine State, which is frequently affected by flooding, storms and droughts.
Through this programme we are determined to support 300,000 people in 8 townships in Myanmar, prioritising women and children as key drivers of community resilience and development. It will support communities to find appropriate ways of meeting their needs in the face of disasters and climate change, and to prioritise and implement these actions.
Some of the specific activities we will run are: women’s leadership training; climate resilient sustainable agriculture; village savings and loans associations; and safer construction planning.
By combining our expertise with partners such as the Dutch government and the UK's DFID, we are able to have a greater and more lasting impact in the lives of more children.