A message from our Interim CEO Marie Staunton
What draws me to work for Plan? What inspires donors to support Plan? For me, it’s because we can see that we’re part of a long-term change in which children improve their communities around the world.
This is most obvious during and after emergencies, when Plan helps devastated communities. The world witnessed many shocks in the past year: Ebola in three African nations, earthquakes in Nepal, mass migrations of war refugees, and mass kidnappings of girls in Nigeria and elsewhere. Over the last five years, Plan has built a huge amount of expertise in supporting girls and boys, and their communities, during human emergencies and natural disasters.
In emergency situations, we provide immediate relief (such as shelter, food and water), because our staff are already in those affected countries. They are among the first responders. After the dust settles, they and our partners support communities to rebuild infrastructure, rebuild people’s livelihoods, support children emotionally and advocate for children’s rights.
With help from our generous supporters, Plan attained many milestones this year:
- Increasing our reach to 214.3 million people, including 100.4 million children
- Raising more than $200 million in funds
- Mobilizing a timely response to the Ebola outbreak and Nepal earthquake.
This annual report highlights the many ways we collaborate with children, their families and communities, and with donors, partners and other key stakeholders here and overseas. Whether it be helping a newborn to have a better start at life or providing the training and tools for youth to start their own businesses; by investing in girls and boys, we’re helping them to change the world for the better.