Because I am a Girl

by Plan International Canada Inc.


Plan International's Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world. When a girl is educated, nourished and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change the future of a nation.
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Senegal's current education system is not capable of equipping the countries citizens with the skills they need to earn an income, reduce poverty, and build a modern economy. Due to the lack of access to quality education services, such as schools, materials, and qualified teachers, only 31% of the population (and just 16% of girls) attend school beyond the primary level and 38% of people are illiterate. For those that do earn an income, it is a struggle to access financial services.


To address these challenges, this multifaceted project addresses both access to quality education and economic security so that children, youth, and families will get the knowledge, skills, job opportunities and financial resources needed to break the cycle of inter generational poverty.

Long-Term Impact

By focusing on education and economic security, this project will have a particular impact on girls and women:Educated girls grow up healthier, marry later and raise fewer, healthier, more educated children. Women who succeed economically. This project will benefit a total of 372,066 people. Direct beneficiaries include 26,056 children, youth, teachers,and 7,000 women and youth will benefit from economic development activities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Plan Canada
Because I am a Girl

Organization Information

Plan International Canada Inc.

Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Therese Cagampan
Coordinator, Individual & Corporate Philanthropy
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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