Standing Strong in a world in turmoil. we persevered in 2022
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Plan International canada’s Impact in 2022
581,627 PEOPLE were reached by our COVID-19 response
$1.48 MILLION was provided to refugees from Ukraine in the first four months of the crisis
were reached by Plan International Canada’s disaster-relief work
$94,729was raised during the first week of the hunger crisis campaign
“If the world doesn’t pay attention, 811 million people struggling to find food in the world’s hungriest places will become a forgotten statistic,” declares Stephen Omollo, our new Plan International CEO. Learn more about the hunger crises and what you can do to help.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Discover how travel, music and a little mid-life angst inspired three supporters to join in Plan International Canada’s efforts to create a more just world for children.
In the ’90s, I had a mid-life crisis and decided to take up skiing. I invested a lot of money and effort to become a decent skier, and one day I asked myself: “When my time is up, what do I want people to say? That I was a good skier?” That didn’t sit right.
I first became involved with Plan International Canada after a trip to the Great Wall of China in 1998. Outside the wall, there were women selling postcards. One mother brought out her little five-year-old – and that was it. I got off the bus and walked toward them. The little girl was wearing dirty, tattered clothing and was clearly living in a poverty situation. That experience, and other moments on the trip, were life-altering. I came away thinking, “I’ve got to do something.”
THE BEGINNING OF MY JOURNEY
When I returned home, I called Plan [International Canada] and started to sponsor a child. Years later, Plan International arranged for me to meet my sponsored child, and it was very emotional. We were both in tears. It was really dramatic.
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO CHANGED EVERYTHING
In 2008, I was on a business trip to Cambodia and touring the Angkor Wat temple. We were surrounded by kids selling trinkets. I told one girl that I would buy something after I had toured the temple. When I returned later, all the kids were gone – except for Nak.
The only thing she had to sell was a book called First They Killed My Father. It was written by a Cambodian girl who lived through the terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge. I read this book on the flight home and I got quite upset about not knowing the extent of what had gone on.
In 2009, I returned to Asia to visit the Sa Pa region in northwest Vietnam. It’s a pretty dire setting. The winters are brutally cold, there’s no sanitation and the houses are poorly built. I wanted to do something, so I helped arrange the construction of two schools and 23 homes. I supported five girls through school and into college. I also set up schools, built foot bridges and provided livestock to families in the adjacent Ha Giang province. It’s an eight-hour drive northeast of Ha Noi on some pretty dangerous roads. It was quite the adventure.
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Thank you for supporting girls and children around the world
We are proud of what we have accomplished during a challenging year. With your support, we helped make a difference in the lives of children, especially girls. We are determined optimists, and we won’t give up on our efforts until we are all equal.
Plan International Canada is grateful for your commitment to this work and for sharing our vision to create a world where children’s rights are respected, and there’s equality for girls.
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