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 orphaned or displaced 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.

You can read more about the history of Plan International here.


Today, Plan International is a global independent development and humanitarian organisation, working in more than 75 countries towards a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

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.


Our Australian Office, Plan International Australia oversee programs supporting children in more than 25 countries and fund child sponsorship programs across the federation. Through our work, we address the immediate needs of children dealing with poverty, inequality and disaster, and work to empower children and their families in the long term.   

All children deserve to live happy and healthy lives. Plan International Australia recognises the power and potential of every single child.

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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