You may better know Plan International as a leading child rights and development agency.

But did you know that since our founding during the Spanish Civil War, we’ve also been a leading responder to thousands of crisis situations around the world?.

We live in a complicated world where climate change is fuelling bigger, more frequent disasters – the vast majority of the impact in the developing world – and we need to keep up. As a key partner of the Australian Government’s new five- year Australian Humanitarian Partnership, Plan International Australia is stepping up its preparedness, strengthening our collaboration and forming new partnerships to improve the reach, impact and effectiveness of our Humanitarian work.

Here are some of the ways we’ve adapted. 

Collaboration for improved impact

Plan International Australia has formed a new partnership with key humanitarian and development agencies, including ChildFund, CBM Australia, AVI, ActionAid and International Medical Corps (IMC) to improve the reach and effectiveness of our humanitarian responses. 

Our partnership helps us coordinate and share our resources, technical expertise, analysis and information across the partnership in real time, improving how we provide aid. In the Pacific we are working together to increase Government and community knowledge and capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters. 

Because of our global presence, established relationships and quick and open communication channels, we can better respond to developing crises.

As a key member of the Australian Government’s new five- year Australia Humanitarian Partnership we are ready to respond to disasters the across the globe.  

Disaster ready in 88 Countries

We have responded to refugee crises, food shortages and natural disasters like cyclones and floods, on every continent except Antarctica and through our new partnership with ChildFund and IMC we are disaster ready in 88 countries and 6 continents around the world.

We respond to major rapid onset natural disasters such as the Nepal Earthquake, as well as protracted and complex disasters, like the Syria Crisis and the South Sudan Famine. 

In the two years following the Nepal Earthquake, Plan International has provided more than 35,000 school children with access to quality education through temporary and permanent schools. More than 44,000 children have also received emotional care, counselling and psychological support.

Across our partnership we have ready to go emergency response teams with specialised expertise in child protection, education in emergencies, emergency food security and nutrition, and emergency medical assistance.

Receiving seeds from Plan International

Our focus on girls and women targets the most vulnerable

Girls and women are the most vulnerable group in any emergency situation. In many places across the world, girls do not get to enjoy the same rights or have the same access to resources as boys. Nowhere is this more obvious than during a crisis when tensions are high and resources are low. Without prioritised access to food, relief assistance and protection girls can miss out and become vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In the worst cases girls can find themselves forced into early marriage or given no choice but to exchange sex for shelter or food, an outcome no one wants for any child.

Our work puts us in the unique position to be the first to respond, providing girls with a safe space to play and be children, such as the 282 temporary learning centres we built in Nepal, enabling 18,353 children to return to classes immediately after the earthquake.

Girls make heart sign at school in Huong Hoa district   

We take disability seriously

People with disabilities often face much greater obstacles in keeping themselves safe during crises as well as greater challenges recovering from disasters. Yet despite this fact, people with disabilities are too often overlooked in emergencies. Plan International recognises that we not only need to prioritise the needs of people with disabilities in emergencies but need to support and empower them to lead their own recovery.  This approach led Plan International to build 20 new, disability inclusive and disaster resistant schools in Nepal, after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

But while Disability inclusion is already a key focus in our response we recognise that we always need to keep learning and improving. That’s why Plan International has joined formed a partnership with CBM Australia, the leading specialist disability inclusive development agencies in Australia, to further strengthen our disability inclusive emergency response and resilience building work.      

In just 6 months, Plan International has responded to 24 crises in 10 countries

Emergency response is a huge part of our work and your donations mean that just this year, in six months, we have responded in over 24 different countries. 

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