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Homeland star Damian Lewis backing calls to help West Africa food crisis

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2012 15:26 BST

ACTOR Damian Lewis has backed calls to help millions of children caught up in West Africa's food crisis. The British-born star of Homeland and his family sponsor 11-year-old Marie in Burkina Faso, one of the countries affected, through Plan UK

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SOUTH SUDAN: CONFLICT FEARS COMPOUNDED BY SHORTAGE OF FOOD AND HARD CASH

Press Releases   •   Apr 30, 2012 13:51 BST

FOOD price rises, a shortage of hard currency and the threat of war, are fuelling hunger in the world’s newest nation. Aid workers from Plan International, one of the country’s largest children’s charities, say that six zones across the nation are at risk of chronic and acute food shortages.

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Women in Britain half as likely to save as women in Ghana

Press Releases   •   Mar 19, 2012 15:04 GMT

New study into attitudes towards money reveals starkly different outlooks on savings, social aspirations and employment prospects among low income women. London and Accra, March 5 2012: New research from Barclays, CARE International UK and Plan UK has found that nearly half of low-income women in Britain fail to save any money each month.

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2012 Because I Am A Girl Walk

News   •   Mar 19, 2012 14:58 GMT

Hundreds of London schoolgirls are taking part in the ‘2012 Because I Am A Girl Walk’ from the London Olympic Games site to Westminster on 28th March 2012 .

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World's biggest children's birthday party marks Plan's 75th anniversary

News   •   Mar 19, 2012 14:53 GMT

On 20th March Plan is celebrating 75 years of commitment to children with the ‘World’s Biggest Children’s Birthday Party’.

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High-tech tools to be showcased at aid fair

Press Releases   •   Mar 16, 2012 14:44 GMT

A HIGH-TECH aid fair next week will look at how media and communications solutions can revolutionise front-line humanitarian relief work. State-of-the-art technology will be showcased, including suitcase-sized pop-up radio stations and two-way text message approaches.

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Sierra Leone stalked by cholera

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2012 15:46 GMT

More than 2,000 cases of highly contagious cholera, transmitted by dirty drinking water, have been confirmed in Sierra Leone, claiming 34 lives. Clinics in Pujehun, southern province, are so overstretched patients are being treated outdoors, reports children’s charity Plan International.

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Only girls allowed

News   •   Feb 20, 2012 09:55 GMT

Plan UK’s campaign, which highlights the plight of the world’s poorest girls, launches a groundbreaking interactive ad on a bus stop in Oxford Street on February 22.

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Flooding hits four million in Colombia

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2011 08:39 GMT

MORE than four million Colombians are caught up in the country’s worst flooding for 40 years, reports children’s charity Plan International.

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Top girls' schools to hear child marriage work

Press Releases   •   Nov 22, 2011 12:46 GMT

A LEADING child rights campaigner is to address heads from the country’s top girls’ schools at a Bristol conference tomorrow (23). 

Marie Staunton, chief executive of children’s charity Plan UK, will speak to the Girls’ Schools Association annual conference. 

The GSA chose Plan UK as its charity of the year and its president Dr Helen Wright recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh to see efforts to tackle child marriage. 

“Our work around the world has shown us that early and forced marriage is one of the biggest barriers to girls’ education,” says Ms Staunton. 

“Girls married young are far more likely to drop out of school, get pregnant and face serious health consequences as a result. 

“They’re also far more likely to face abuse and to never pursue a career.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen as the GSA’s charity of the year and hope they’ll join us in the fight against one of the greatest injustices of our age.” 

Plan’s Because I am a Girl Campaign focuses on the 75 million girls out of school worldwide.

The Girls’ Schools Association, chaired by renowned educationalist Dr Helen Wright, is backing the movement. 

Schooling is proven to dramatically improve the life of girls in developing countries.  

Educated girls are more likely to be healthy and survive into adulthood. They are less likely to marry and have children early.   

The Girls’ School Association represents the head teachers of leading independent schools in the UK. 

The three-day annual conference at Bristol City Centre Marriott Hotel will welcome 200 delegates and feature speakers including schools minister Nick Gibb. 

“The lives of UK women have changed immeasurably in recent generations,” says Dr Wright, of GSA’s partnership with Plan UK. 

“It is just as important for us to encourage the girls in its schools to help fellow women and girls in less fortunate circumstances, as it is to educate and provide them with the tools and self-confidence to aim high.” 

For more information on Plan call 0300 777 9777 or visit www.plan-uk.org

Notes to editors

1) Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. A future you would want for all children, your family and friends. For over 70 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:

  • giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
  • securing the education of girls and boys
  • working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
  • inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
  • enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future.

We do what’s needed, where it’s needed most. We do what you would do. With your support children, families and entire communities have the power to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

2) We work with children in 48 of the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

3) Plan was founded by British journalist John Langdon-Davies in 1937 to rescue orphans and other vulnerable children from the Spanish Civil War.

 4) We have over 114,000 sponsors in the UK, generating £25 million a year, and 1.5 million sponsored children worldwide.

 5) Sponsorship starts at £15-a-month and, rather than going to individual children and their families, funds projects to improve schooling, health, nutrition and livelihoods across communities. 

6) Plan UK’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) is a group of young people aged 13-18 who offer Plan an invaluable youth perspective. YAP puts young people’s voices at the heart of Plan’s work, because they have ideas, experience and, needless to say, know more about childhood than adults. Their input can help Plan to understand how to work with the young people whose lives it aims to improve.

A LEADING child rights campaigner is to address heads from the country’s top girls’ schools at a Bristol conference tomorrow (23).

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About Plan UK

Working with the world’s poorest children so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. A future you would want for all children, your family and friends.

For over 70 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential.

We do what’s needed, where it’s needed most. We do what you would do.

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