Burundi’s Lost Girls
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A little while ago we got a lovely surprise — a video created by Year 10 students Lottie and Sophie from Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College.
I could have been at a parenting class anywhere in the world. No sense of pain from a brutal war. No sense of hardship faced as a refugee. Just a bunch of mums chit-chatting about being mums.
Storytelling has always been an important part of Ethiopian culture, but refugee life has a way of threatening even the most entrenched traditions.
Meet Sue and Doug Hair, child sponsors since 1972, who have held onto their old letters and photos over the years.
Lindsay Sparrow has a long connection with Plan International but there’s another thing he shares with us: this year, like us, he’s turning 80.
A frequent visitor to Vietnam, Dr. David Booth has seen first-hand the change in his sponsored children’s community.
Plan International is 80 years old. So how has the world and our role in it changed?
Famine has been declared in South Sudan. Here's what you need to know.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the original Hausa, has made no secret of its strong opposition to education.
Just when you think we’ve become apathetic, overwhelmed or fatigued in the face of global challenges, people surprise you. Where change seems impossible, people rise to the occasion.
All around the globe the rights of girls are in the balance, their freedoms are at risk and governments are making decisions that could change girls’ lives forever.
Nine-year-old Amel is determined to see the end of female genital mutilation in her village.
Meet the men taking a stand against female genital mutilation in Egypt.
Despite being outlawed for years, female genital mutilation is still widely practiced in Egypt and it's doctors who are failing young women and girls.
We're teaming up with Whole Kids to deliver 500,000 nutritious breakfasts to kids in Cambodia this year.
For young people like Resty, Nololo and Sarak in Uganda, learning to start their own business means life-changing independence.
Passionate about bringing change to her home, Juliana, 12, became the voice of her community.
These key moments from 2016 make us optimistic about the future for children’s rights in 2017.
Girls from around the world have made their presence felt by standing up for their rights. Here’s a run-down of some of the inspirational girls and young women who made a positive difference in 2016.
For Syrian children forging a new life, schooling and psychosocial support can provide friendship, community and a sense of belonging to help them feel safe and be kids.
From 25 November to 10 December we’re joining with organisations around the world to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
The majority of those affected by humanitarian emergencies are children.
Saturday October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day to promote and recognize the importance of handwashing with soap as an affordable and effective way to maintain health and wellbeing.
We’re wishing the Global Goals a happy first birthday! On this day last year, Australia was one of 193 countries that signed up to an ambitious set of goals and targets, known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Every single child, regardless of where they were born and where they are now, has the right to feel safe.
Being a teenage girl is tough. Being a teenage girl refugee is infinitely tougher.
It's been six months since the worst cyclone in Fiji's history. Our Humanitarian Advisor, Evan Davies reports on how disaster preparedness can save lives when disaster strikes.
Aid workers at Plan International Australia have shared their defining moments from the field to mark World Humanitarian Day (August 19).
As the world’s attention turns to Rio, Brazilian girls and women want to see the end of gender based violence and discrimination. These are just some of their stories.
The violence in South Sudan is leading to a children’s crisis.
Plan International is collecting signatures from people around the world who wish to stand in solidarity with courageous young campaigners in Malawi.
I don’t know who came up with #nowomanever, but I love what it represents: a global groundswell of calling out threatening, harassing behaviour in all of its many forms.
To realise our vision of a fairer world for all, it’s vital that we overcome division.
Plan International is setting out a new purpose so that we can focus on the most marginalised group of children: girls.
For those that survived, loss, stigma and ill-health mean recovery will be a long journey.
Periods should be the most normal thing ever, but for millions of women it is still considered unspeakable.
Plan international's Imogen Wilson recently traveled to Timor-Leste and saw the devestating impact drought was having on its people.
Beauty, an orphan, lives with her grandmother and three younger siblings. There is no food at home. Each day, Beauty wakes at 4 am to fetch water and pound dry corn with a stick before setting off on the 18 kilometre walk to school.
Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño fueled droughts but long-term needs remain, writes Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.
Survey finds one third Australian girls report not feeling safe in public places after dark
The Ecuador earthquake has claimed the lives of over 650 people and injured over 16,600. According to the UN, over 280 schools have been damaged, leaving 120,000 children without access to education.
After months of planning, the first deaf school in Nepal’s Dolakha district was built. Three weeks later the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck, devastating the country.
This week is National Youth Week, so we’re celebrating examples of young people stepping up to make a change, just like Santiago.
What does it take to raise healthy kids, free from life-threatening illnesses? An entire village.
For more than a year, Daniela has been out on the streets signing up child sponsors for Plan International Australia. Here, she talks about the highs and lows of her day job.
For many Syrian women and girl refugees, exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment is a daily threat.
This International Women’s Day, on 8 March, we're celebrating the girls who will grow up to become tomorrow's #WonderWomen. They are the leaders, role models and heroines of the future.
New survey data published by Plan International and Our Watch in the report titled ‘Don’t send me that pic’ reveal Australian teenage girls’ perceptions about uninvited sexually explicit images, pressure to take and send sexy photographs and cyberbullying.
Wide-eyed and intensely focused, Vai holds onto every word as a local Plan staff member reads a letter from her sponsor.
Right now, throughout the world, children are feeling the impacts of climate change.
The effects of El Niño have devastated parts of Africa, with severe drought causing widespread food shortages and destroying livelihoods.
Aussie kids are back to school this week – that means new pencils, a few nerves, big smiles and growing up. We love back-to-school week at Plan International.
I discovered the Because I Am a Girl campaign in the early days of my work with Plan International. The campaign resonated with me because, as the eldest of four girls, I grew up with people constantly saying to my parents ‘you poor things’ or ‘are you going to keep trying for a boy?’
Escalating political violence in the East African nation of Burundi is fueling a refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. As hundreds of thousands of people flee, resources are being pushed to breaking point.
There’s a humanitarian disaster unfolding that isn’t making headlines. El Niño, the most severe weather phenomenon in history, is driving millions of people into debt, hunger and poverty.
Plan International Australia CEO Ian Wishart shares five questions people rarely ask before sponsoring a child.
OK, World. You’ve signed up to achieving gender equality. Great stuff! When you signed up to achieving 17 Global Goals to end poverty, we were thrilled to see gender equality make it up there. Now the world’s girls need you to make it happen.
We have seen you get behind countless causes, people and campaigns that demand a fairer world for women and girls. And your collective voice has made change. Here are ten achievements the whole world can be proud of.
Through a Plan International project, young people are able to access skills training, and paid internship placements to kick start their careers. This opportunity can be the difference between a life of poverty, and one of earning, and dignity.
All children must have access to their rights. This International Day of People with Disabilities, meet five kids living with disabilities and taking life on.
With new skills, Noy's village is building brand-new toilets for each other, with each other.
By Plan International’s community fundraising officer, and champion trekker, Christina Taylor
As a 30-something-year-old, my birthday is now a bit of a non-event. Gone are the days where you can’t sleep the night before in anticipation, and where you go to bed early just so the day will come quicker.
Six months ago, Manju’s life turned upside-down after the earthquakes destroyed her village in Nepal. She lost her home and her school.
Elizabeth Broderick has stepped down after eight years of making change as Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission.
At Plan, we're in the game of counting one of the most important things in the world: children.
Before the April earthquakes in Nepal, around 30% of Nepali people had no access to basic sanitation.
Violence against women and girls is still a major global issue...
Children and their families are fleeing for a safe place to sleep - in the millions.
Plan International is responding to the devastating Myanmar floods currently impacting thousands of children and their families. Of serious concern is the water contamination in some areas. You can help Myanmar today.
Climate change is having a real impact on the lives of children, especially children living in poor communities.
One million schools were destroyed in the Nepal quake. Yet one per cent of funding globally is spent on education in disasters.
Many girls miss four or five days of school when they get their period each month and fall behind in their learning.
Lena Heady, known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones is expecting her second child – a girl
Plan Australia’s Policy and Advocacy team conducted some research into something that happens to women every month: the almighty period.
How has the world been tracking since the Millenium Development Goals were set in 2000?