Plan International Canada Inc.

Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of children, families and communities in developing countries. We do this through a process of collaboration that unites people across cultures, adding meaning and value to their lives by: Enabling children, their families and communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies Building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries Advocating and promoting the rights and interests of the world's children, with a special focus on Girls' Rights to overcome issues of gender discrimination.
May 28, 2015

Healthy futures

Jenny is happy to be back in school
Jenny is happy to be back in school

The cycle of poverty keeps many girls and young women from realizing their true potential. But this cycle is difficult to break when adolescent girls become pregnant before they finish their education, which happens often in communities where we work.

That’s why Plan’s programs around the world include adolescent sexual and reproductive health education, and provide support to those who do become pregnant, enabling them to raise healthy babies and have the opportunities they need to break the cycle of poverty. These initiatives contribute to a delay in the timing of first pregnancy, and girls who do become young moms have more resources to help them continue their education and raise healthy children of their own.

Jenny lives in a community in Ghana, where Plan's maternal health project has helped to change her life.When Jenny became pregnant, she was uncertain what her future would bring. This project, made possible with your support and the support of the Government of Canada through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, helped Jenny to find hope and pointed her on the path to success.

It was through this Plan project that Jenny met Maggie, a leader of the local Mother Support Group funded by Plan. Maggie took Jenny under her wing, going with her to the health centre for her first prenatal check-up, encouraging her to stay in school, and talking to her parents and teachers about how to help.

Since then, Jenny has received incredible support.

“My teachers and I are ready to lend her any help she needs to complete school and move on to the next level of education,” says the head teacher at Jenny’s school.

Jennys father, too, has offered her support by going with her to her remaining prenatal check-ups, while her mother ensured she was eating nutritious food and getting the rest she needed.

Jenny went into labour earlier than expected, but with the assistance of midwives and a doctor at the local health centre, she had a safe delivery and gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.

Jenny is now back in school, thanks to Plan and her parents, who are actively supporting her and caring for the baby when she’s in class. Most importantly, the baby is thriving and receiving all the love and care he needs from his family, with support from his community.

“I am motivated to complete school to ensure a bright future for my child,” says Jenny. “I know my situation would have been different without Plan.”

Girls like Jenny have unlimited potential to improve their lives and pass that on to their children. Thanks to you, they’re getting the chance they deserve to make that happen.

Jenny with her healthy son, her mother and Maggie.
Jenny with her healthy son, her mother and Maggie.
Jenny hard at work in the classroom
Jenny hard at work in the classroom
Mar 13, 2015

Child and Maternal Nutrition in Sierra Leone

Nutritional support helps children stay healthy
Nutritional support helps children stay healthy

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 70% of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread. When there’s scarcity like this, children and women fare the worst, and girls are the most likely to go without. When it comes to food, girls are three times as likely to be malnourished than boys, and women are more likely to be malnourished than men – which only compounds the problem for children, who are carried, cared for and fed by women.

To address the devastating effects of malnutrition on children and girls, and on pregnant and breastfeeding women, Plan has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to implement a nutritional support program that reached more than 65,000 girls and 12,000 women and their children in just three months.

One aspect of this project includes a component that gives girls essential food items to take home, such as cooking oils or grains, when they attend 80% of their classes. These take-home rations improve food security at home and act as an additional incentive for families to keep their daughters in school.

Thanks to Plan's school- and clinic-based food distribution program, those most likely to suffer from malnutrition are getting the support they need to stay healthy, so they can grow up strong, get an education, earn a living and make a life for themselves and their families.

Dec 15, 2014

Education and economic development in Senegal

Training student government representatives
Training student government representatives

Quality education, economic security, and poverty reduction are inextricably and cyclically linked. Without access to education, a person’s opportunities to earn and sustain an income are limited. Without a secure income to live off of, families struggle to meet their basic needs and cannot afford to send their children to school. Their children, denied schooling, will struggle to make a living as they mature, and the generational cycle of poverty will continue.

Most recently, 53 members of school student governments also received training in how to support a gender-sensitive environment among their peers.  In addition, nearly 400 school community members participated in training on how to develop and maintain education policies that uphold these values.

In order to reinforce the relationship between microfinance groups and improved education, Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA) formed by this project are organized around school communities. This way, the training received by women in the VSLA groups reinforces Plan’s awareness-raising efforts around the importance of education. Also, as mentioned above, VSLA activities help to mobilize resources for the local schools.

Student government reps. working together
Student government reps. working together

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