Plan Turns 80

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1937 - 2017

I’ve been a child sponsor with Plan International Australia since my first climbing expedition to Ecuador in 2004 and an advocate of the “Because I am a Girl” campaign since 2009 but I’m a relative newcomer…… 2017 is a HUGE milestone for Plan International.

80 years advancing children’s rights.

That makes Plan one of the world’s oldest Child Support Agencies.
That’s something to be incredibly proud of.
I know I’m proud to play my tiny part.

It all began in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War when British journalist John Langdon-Davies and aid worker Eric Muggeridge witnessed the impact of War on children. They founded ‘Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain’ in order to provide food, shelter and clothing to those children whose lives had been destroyed.

Over the coming years Plan grew and the name changed to reflect the changing needs of a world impacted by new conflicts (WWII) and the needs of the Developing World (*refer timeline below).

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 Plan does 80 years later.

Today, Plan International is a global organisation that works in 51 developing countries and raises funds to support their work in 21 countries including Australia. They are advancing children’s rights and equality for girls, working not only in local communities but on the world stage, advising World Governments and the UN.

Child Safe Area Nepal

Safe and Learning


Their work doesn’t stop there.

Man keeps creating disasters in the form of wars and political and religious violence.

Mother Nature keeps upping the ante with Earthquakes**, Cyclones and Droughts.

Plan is there to set up child safe areas, to keep some sense of normality for the children while their parents can go about the business of recovery in the knowledge that their children are safe and being helped to deal with the horrors they’ve witnessed.


Across the Developing World Plan has a multitude of programmes educating young people and communities. To name just a few:

Plan WASH3 Plan Turns 80

'Wash Wash Wash your hands'

No Open Defecation Malawi

No Open Defecation Malawi

  • WASH- Water Sanitation And Hygiene: Laos, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Zimbabwe -17,000 people have improved water supply, 22,000have toilets, 37,000 now have knowledge of safe hygiene practices
  • Youth Economic Empowerment: Vocational skills training in Cambodia and Zimbabwe for 11,434 vulnerable men and women
  • Promoting Rights and Accountabilities in African Communities: reached 36,800 people in 168 communities raising awareness of the rights of the vulnerable and training 700 members of the communities to provide support and services
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management Programme: Uganda reached 8,416 people, 53 people trained to make cheaper pads for girls and women, 72 teachers trained to continue hygiene education
  • Early Childhood Programme: 90,615 people across Uganda, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Zambia, Laos, Vietnam and India
Supporting Plan & BIAAG in 2011

Supporting Plan & BIAAG 2011

Everest 2010 150x150 Plan Turns 80

Everest 2010 had to go back in 2011 for a better photo!

I am so proud to call myself a Plan Supporter and I want to wish Plan International a well deserved Happy 80th Anniversary.
I could say “Here’s to the next 80 years” but my real wish for Plan International is for the day when their job is done as the World no longer needs them.

Happy 80th Plan


PS Flag holding is part of my training for Everest 2018 ;) I’m improving…slowly

1930s – Plan International was founded as “Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain.”
1940s – During World War II, the organization became known as “Foster Parents Plan for War Children” and worked in England, helping displaced children from all over Europe. After the war, Plan International extended aid to children in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and briefly in Poland, Czechoslovakia and China.
1950s – As Europe recovered, Plan International gradually moved out of these countries and opened new programs in less developed countries. It became “Foster Parents Plan Inc.” to reflect the goal of bringing lasting change to the lives of children in need, whatever their circumstances.
1960s – Foster Parents Plan expanded its work to countries in South America and Asia. In 1962, U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was honorary chairwoman during Plan’s Silver Jubilee.
1970s – In 1974, the global name became Plan International as programs now spanned South America, Asia and Africa. 1978 Plan began working in Nepal
1980s – Belgium, Germany, Japan and the UK joined Canada, the US, Australia and the Netherlands as donor countries. Plan International was recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
1990s – Plan International offices opened in France, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the Republic of Korea.
2000s – The name Plan International evolved and a unified global identity was created to help make the organization more easily recognized around the world, and the logo was updated.
2007 the “Because I am a Girl” campaign to promote rights of girls and bring millions of girls out of poverty around the world

Because I am Girl Annual Reports (click link to read full report)
2007: The State of World’s Girls
2008: In the Shadows of War
2009: Girls in the Global Economy: Adding It All Up
2010: Digital and Urban Frontiers
2011: Because I am a Girl: So What About the Boys?
2012: Because I am a Girl: Learning for Life
2013: In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters
2014: Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls
2015: The Unfinished Business of Girls’ Rights
2016: Counting the Invisible: Using Data to Transform the Lives of Girls and Women by 2030

**Nepal Earthquake, One year on by the numbers:

  • 81 Child friendly spaces
  • 21,000 children are studying in 310 temporary learning centres
  • 43,672 families received safe drinking water kits
  • 44,968 children received emotional and psychological support
  • 52,767 households received emergency shelter kits
  • 71,300 women and girls benefited from menstrual hygiene kits
  • 287,847 individuals directly helped including 117,230 children.
  • 479 masons and carpenters trained on earthquake-resistant construction techniques supporting 11,000 households to ‘build back better’
  • 10,435 families benefited from short-term employment opportunities.

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