For 80 years, we’ve been keeping children safe, happy and healthy.

Plan International was founded in 1937 by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge, originally to provide food, accommodation and education to refugee children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.

It was Langdon-Davies who conceived the idea of a personal relationship between a child and a sponsor – a model that puts a child at the centre, and remains the core of what we do.

Today, Plan International is a global organisation, working in more than 71 countries towards a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Girls. Boys. All Children. Stand with us. Stand for equality.

All children deserve to live happy and healthy lives. Plan International Australia recognises the power and potential of every single child. Yet poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination strip them of their childhoods, and it is girls who are most affected.

Plan International is a global independent development and humanitarian organisation. As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced organisations in our field we know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals. We work alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.

We have the backing of Australians who want to see a just world for all children and equality for girls. Our supporters believe that all children everywhere deserve safety, health, education, love, belonging and equality.


Explore our areas of work, including emergencies, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food.

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