Our Impact

Our mission is to create a just world that advances children’s rights, and equality for girls.

We’ve been doing life-changing work for over 80 years, but we don’t do it alone.

 

We’re proud to partner with a range of experts and organisations to deliver long-lasting change for children and their families around the world.

Globally, we’re achieving incredible things.

<strong>83</strong> Countries
83 Countries
Plan International currently programs and works in 83 countries worldwide.
<strong>52.2</strong> million
52.2 million
We’ve reached more than 52.2 million children in our programs across the globe.
<strong>16,979</strong> Communities
16,979 Communities
We have 16,979 communities with sponsored children directly being supported by Plan International.
<strong>5.9</strong> Million
5.9 Million
More than 5.9 million girls and young women received better access to education.
<strong>5.8</strong> million
5.8 million
Girls and young women were supported with sexual and reproductive health services and support.

In the 2021-22 financial year, Plan International Australia:

  • managed programs that assisted children in more than 25 countries
  • delivered 18 humanitarian response projects through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), including 3 protracted crises – Ukraine, Syria and the Rohingya crisis.
  • reached 1.4 million people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through a digital campaign to raise awareness about COVID-19 preparedness and and prevention
  • reached 858,811 people facing food insecurity in agricultural and urban settings in South Sudan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Laos, through over 15 projects in partnership with the World Food Programme
  • reached over 280,000 people with food and nutrition support in South Sudan, one of the countries hardest hit by the Global Hunger Crisis
  • partnered with the World Food Programme on 21 projects in South Sudan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Laos, to reach 845,707 people who were facing food insecurity in agricultural and urban settings.

Read more in our annual impact report.

Where We Work

Plan International works in 83 countries towards a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Learn more about our work.

Our Australian-managed programs assist children in more than 25 countries, and child sponsorship funds support programs across the Federation. Learn more about how giving to us works.

Map showing the 83 countries in which Plan International works, including Plan International Australia funded or operated programs, Plan International programs and Plan International Fundraising and Program Support Office. Note: India, Colombia and Australia are dual fundraising and program countries.

How we create impact

Our theory of change is to work together with partners to create lasting impact on:

  • norms, attitudes and behaviours
  • social and economic resources and safety nets
  • policy frameworks and budgets.

We do this at individual, family, community, national and global levels to support empowerment of children, young people and communities.

We focus on supporting girls in their communities to:

  • learn: have access to education and the skills for work and life
  • decide: have control over their lives and bodies
  • lead: take action on issues that matter to them
  • thrive: grow up cared for and free from violence and fear.
  • survive: increase the impact of our humanitarian work for children, particularly girls by adapting our focus where the need is greatest.

Our programs have clear outcomes and measurements, so we can provide evidence of their impacts.

Learn more in our annual impact report.

Revolutionising education through Cambodia’s School Learning Gardens

Despite Cambodia improving enrolment rates of children in primary school, Cambodian children, especially those in rural areas, continue to fall behind in school due to a lack of quality teaching and learning environments.

We’re helping to tackle these issues through the School Learning Garden (SLG) project. The project aims to improve educational quality and learning outcomes for students, and provide an enabling environment for girls and boys to display gender-equitable and inclusive attitudes and behaviours at school.

The project transforms the school garden and kitchen spaces into an extension of the classroom and supports teachers to use experiential and hands-on learning techniques.

It’s a groundbreaking approach to education in Cambodia, inspired by the evidence-based model of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in Australia, which is currently implemented in over 800 schools.

During the 2022 financial year, the project:

  • expanded to 35 new schools, benefitting 10,322 students
  • provided garden materials and tools to the 35 new schools
  • provided gender training to 151 teachers and principals at 37 schools.

The School Learning Garden project is delivered in partnership with the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), and with support from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and funds generously donated to Plan International Australia from the Australian public.

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