Help girls find a safe and better future.

Millions of girls are battling the double hardship of poverty and displacement, caused by conflict, climate, and crisis.

This festive season you can help girls in crisis.

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Martha, 13, is worried the combination of crises in South Sudan will see her forced into early marriage.
Photographer: Plan International / Charles Atiki Lomodong


When conflict drove Raïnatou from her family home, she lost so much more than the roof over her head.

Just 13 years old, Raïnatou was at school the day armed men arrived in her village in the north of Burkina Faso.

“They gave us time to leave and said if they came back and found anyone at the school, they would kill them,” she describes.
I ran back to my house and told my parents the school had been attacked by terrorists

I ran back to my house and told my parents the school had been attacked by terrorists

  • Raïnatou, 13, Burkina Faso

For Raïnatou’s parents, there was only one option – for their beloved child to leave everyone she knew behind, and rebuild her life in a new place, where she could attend school.

Fortunately, Raïnatou has an uncle who lives in a safer village with a school that is supported by Plan International. “My uncle welcomed me into his family. He gave me food and drink, and then I went back to school,” she says.

But the fear and the emotional distress of having been forced out of your home and school doesn’t disappear once girls reach safety.

Will you help girls like Raïnatou access the specialised care, support, and education they need to follow their dreams?

Raïnatou plans to become a doctor once she finishes school. With your support this season, Raïnatou can grow up to heal the lives of countless others.

Raïnatou hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.
Photographer: Plan International

You can help girls like Raïnatou find safety and hope for the future.

When driven from their homes, girls and young women are forced to survive in precarious conditions due to cramped living arrangements, disrupted schooling, a lack of jobs and limited access to basic healthcare, services, and food.

Displacement also leads to a breakdown of social support networks, and an increase in violence, exploitation and trauma – all of which can be felt for years to come.

When a crisis happens, Plan International is there to support girls – thanks to the generosity of people like you.

Here’s how:

  • Meeting their immediate survival needs, providing essentials including water, food, shelter and healthcare – Inside displacement camps we set up female-only wash spaces, and provide dignity kits, so that girls can manage their periods even in the toughest conditions.
  • Providing the right kind of support – We help girls process and recover from trauma by providing age-specific counselling, therapy and safety services.
  • Creating child-friendly spaces – We create places for girls where they can feel safe to learn, play and enjoy their childhood again.
  • Focusing on caregivers – We work to lift the whole family out of challenging circumstances, starting with the caregiver of the family.
  • Ensuring girls are still able to access education – Education is essential during a crisis – it brings stability, normality and routine into a child’s life.

Fatema teaches children, including her own daughter, at a Plan International learning centre in the Rohingya refugee camp, Bangladesh.
Photographer: Plan International / Mina Funakoshi

Help girls find hope for their future, today.

People who had to flee their homes are some of the most vulnerable in the world

Women and girls in low income countries already face additional layers of risk. When disaster strikes and they are removed from the protection of their community, that risk only increases.

  • 82.4 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2020.
  • Of those 82 million, 21% are girls under the age of 17.
  • 13 million girls are completely out of school as a result of humanitarian crises.
  • About 80% of people displaced by climate change are women.
  • Only 1 in 2 refugee children were enrolled in primary school and fewer than one in four refugee youth were enrolled in secondary education.

Source: UNHCR 2020; 2 UNHCR Education Report 2020

Young girl displaced by conflict now lives in a Cabo Delgado resettlement camp, Mozambique.
Photographer: Plan International / Lidia Langa

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