Plan International USA, Inc.
Rating: 4.47 stars 32 32 reviews 8,081
155 Plan Way Warwick RI 02886 USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.
Plan programs help millions of children and their families escape the cycle of poverty in countries around the world.
Geographic areas served:
51 developing countries across the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Program countries include: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Plan child-centered program areas include: health, water & sanitation, education, disaster relief & resilience, and nutrition.
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I work for Study Group, a global education company offering ELT and Higher Education opportunities for international students. Study Group has been partnered with Plan International for many years, sponsoring a large project each year as part of our Building Futures initiative to bring quality education to communities around the globe who lack it. I personally had the opportunity to visit our 2015 project in Sri Lanka, which was the construction of a new primary school in the northern region of Anuradhapura. I certainly can attest to the great work Plan does in each of the communities they work in, and their model is one I wish all international development organizations followed. Plan works at the grassroots level to not only build lasting relationships with each community they work in, but also makes sure to involve every part of the community in the design, construction, and implementation of any project they are facilitating. This ensures long-term sustainability as the community feels a sense of ownership and also has emotional ties to the work being done to better their community for generations to come. Visiting the 2015 school project we sponsored was an experience I'll never forget and makes me proud to know my company is partnering with an organization truly making a lasting difference in so many communities.
I am 77 years old and have been a "foster parent/donor" since my early 20's. I believe in Plan, what they do and what they stand for. I have pictures of my children on my desk where I see them often. It warms my heart to help change their lives for the better. I am a firm believer that, rather than be overwhelmed by all the "stuff" that goes on in the world, it is helping one-on-one that works. It is a win-win. If all of us did that, think of the result! It is amazing what we can do if we just bring it down to that.
It was my father who taught me to think, to share, and to be generous. It was my daughter and daughter-in-law who introduced me to Plan International, both were attending college at the time. So it not surprising that I have given to educational institutions and more frequently scholarships to college students and to children of the third world.
Plan International was the perfect philanthropic organization for me as it provided children with the greatest need an opportunity to learn, the communities in which they lived an opportunity to improve their lives through knowledge, and an experience of a lifetime for the teachers and administrators in a far away land. Giving to Plan outright and/or to a sponsored child gives the donor the satisfaction of helping so many with the gift of letters and numbers and the gift of hope and encouragement, good will and friendship.
Make a difference in a young person’s life, get acquainted with another world through newsletters and personal letters, and share your life with another to know the satisfaction of truly giving and taking.
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I've been a donor for the last 10+ years, even before we had our own children. Having grown up in a lower middle class family in India myself I was interested in making a difference to at least 1 child in India. I found Plan International. They allowed me to make the most effective use of my humble contribution, which otherwise I wouldn't know how to make it effective.
I really liked the emphasis paid to schooling. I would receive letters from these kids, written in their native language, and it was very heartening to see how these kids progressed.
Once we had our own kids I made sure that I shared the letters and photos of the kids in India who I was sponsoring. It really helped our own kids understand how it works in rest of the world.
This is my 3rd child, and I am so very happy and proud that 2 children benefited from the humble contributions I made. I couldn't have done it without Plan International. Thanks a lot for continuing this work.
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As a new teacher in 1970 I showed a film called "Child of Darkness, Child of Light" detailing Foster Parents Plan's programs in Latin America. My world history students decided to sponsor a child for a year, and I continued the sponsorship of a girl from the Philippines. Since that time, I have sponsored several children from Africa and Asia. The latest young man from Burkina Faso was one of the most interesting and communicative. I will continue my sponsorship and encouragement of the program as long as possible and am considering a bequest in my will.
I have seen first hand the difference Plan International makes in several countries - maternal health and job training, micro finance, early childhood education, birth registration and water and sanitation just to name a few. I am especially proud of Plan's Because I Am A Girl program, which has improved the lives and futures of so many girls around the world and in doing so, makes the world a better place for boys and girls alike.
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My daughter and I have been sponsoring a child through Plan for almost a year. I chose Plan because their model supports communities to solve their own problems. We got to see this in action several months ago when we went to visit our sponsored child in Nicaragua. The community had several projects that they were developing and implementing with financial and technical support from Plan, including creating a self-sustaining system for getting electricity into the community, literacy in the elementary school, and an anti-bullying programs run by teens in the community. The people who lived their, including the kids, came up with the problems and solutions, and Plan was there to provide resources needed to get it going. Our visit was amazing. We got to meet our sponsored child and her family, visit her school and home, and spend time playing with the kids and learning about their activities at school. I came away all the more convinced that Plan was the right choice for our donations.
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I have been a strong supporter of Plan for years. They are an oxutstanding charity that forms lasting bonds with the people that they serve . I am particularly fond of Plan's Because I am a Girl Program. Their goal is to support girls' education in a variety of practical ways, like buying bikes for girls to get to school on time or paying tuition. As a donor, I love this, because I can see how my donation is being applied, and I often get a thank you note from the girls that I help, which is really moving.
I have contributed to Plan for six years after a friend related to me her wonderful experience with this organization. I have visited Plan sites in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador over the last few years, and have been very impressed with their community based, grassroots approach to issues of education, health, and gender equality. This organization strongly supports the rights of women and children, is very involved in birth registration in many countries, and has made a real impact on the day-to-day life of numerous individuals in many countries. I was very impressed on my visits to see their support of small businesses started by women in both urban and rural communities, providing technical and financial support to aid these women in establishing self-sustaining businesses, develop banking skills and relationships, and be better able to support themselves and their families. This organization truly helps communities evolve and grow in very practical and sustainable ways.
My wife and I have been Plan donors for many years and have visited Plan programs in Africa. I saw first hand that Plan does an extraordinary job of making sure that our donations make a lasting impact in local communities. I saw water wells that had been provided by Plan, schools built by Plan and a number of other wonderful projects that were developed and managed, with Plan's help, by the communities they benefit. Plan does not just drill a well, take a picture and leave. They work in communities for years and they work very hard to make sure their projects are sustainable. After seeing the work that Plan does and seeing how engaged they are in the communities they serve, I know that the donations we make are helping children improve their lives and increasing their chances of finding their way out of poverty. I wish we could do more.