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.
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.