• Each year millions of children under five die of hunger

  • Join the global movement.

    Many children living in poverty can't access basic rights like food, water, and protection. But when you help a child access one right, it opens the door to others.

    Nutritious food is vital for good health and brain development. It also keeps children in school, and gives them enough energy to play. 

    From just $20 a month, you can kick-start permanent change, and help break the poverty cycle.

How your donations help...

  • Become a Supporter of Change $20 a month helps build a school kitchen so children have nutritious meals every day.

  • $28 provides one student with a breakfast of fish, rice and beans for an entire year.

  • $45 to provide three families with 250kg nutritious food each, protecting them from hunger for the next three months.

Empowering communities through child rights

Samuon's Garden

Through Plan, Samuon is accessing her right to food – and learning a few culinary skills along the way. 

She turns the vegetables over and inspects each one carefully before plucking it from the stem. “We have to pay close attention to how ripe they are,” she explains.

Samuon is one of thousands of children accessing her right to food through Plan. Her family receives 10kg of rice every month, and she’s learning how to plant and grow vegetables at school, and apply these skills at home.

She washes, peels and chops each vegetable – first the giant cucumber and then the leafy greens, followed by the fragrant herbs. Everything is fried up in a pan over open flames, set up outside the basic wood hut where she lives with her father and younger brother.

This is a daily ritual for Samuon, who at 13 years old bears the responsibility of feeding her family every single night. She carries this not as a burden, but as the duty of an obedient and serious girl whose mother is deceased, whose father is gravely ill, and whose little brother is still too young to take on much responsibility himself.

Although Samuon works hard to support her father, the skills she’s learning through Plan's School Feeding Program in Cambodia are setting her up for life.

Samuon, 13, grows and learns about nutritious food at her school in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Full stomachs and active minds

Just minutes away from the central tourist district in Siem Reap, hungry children line up waiting for breakfast. This meal will keep them from falling asleep in class, and dropping out altogether.

Fifteen-year-old Heng is one of around 80,000 students in line, as part of Plan’s School Breakfast program. “The breakfast here helps me to concentrate on my study,” he says.

Heng lives with his mother, two brothers and one sister in a single room house not far from his school. When his father passed away six years ago, his mother was left as the sole provider for her children. As a result, Heng’s older siblings were forced to leave school to find work to support the family and his sister. 

Heng is very aware of the situation facing children at his school, “a student in another class did have to drop out school because they have to migrate for finding job in the city because their family is poor that is why they have to help the family,” he says.

Thanks to Plan supporters, children like Heng are staying in class with full stomachs and active minds.

Heng, 12, is accessing his right to food through a Plan project where children are provided with a free breakfast at school in Cambodia.

In South Sudan, families are living in fear

Imagine relying on growing food and raising livestock to feed your family. But due to drought in the past year, you haven’t been able to grow anything. Your year’s harvest is non-existent – and you can’t put food on the table.

In South Sudan, this is a reality for families like Al’s. Except that conflict in the region has also meant that they aren’t able to travel outside their village to gather food. For children like Al pictured here, starvation is a real threat. And his family is living in fear.
Prior to the conflict and devastating weather conditions, Al’s parents didn’t have a problem harvesting grain.

Al’s mother Regina says: "I harvested 10 bundles of sorghum, and as I have six children, it will run out by the end of August. Then I will go to the bush and collect the leaves and prepare that for the children."

Approximately 90 percent of South Sudanese households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry for their livelihoods. But across the country, productivity has been minimal, and now malnutrition rates are soaring.

With some families relying entirely on food from NGOs like Plan International, your support is critical.

Right to Food

Al stands next to his family's empty grain store at his home in South Sudan