Girls have the power to change the world,but they need your support

Make a monthly donation

This year, 130 million girls will have missed school, 12 million will be married before they turn 18, and 2 million will become pregnant before they turn 15. We need to be there for girls in 2022, and you can help. Support the Because I am a Girl project and become a monthly donor to help girls stay in school, access their basic human rights, and build a better future. For every year a girl stays in school, her income can increase 15%.

Education is a process of empowerment, and it can provide the route out of poverty, inequality and violence. When girls are educated, they have the information, skills and opportunities to create a better future for themselves, helping break cycles of poverty. It's a right that millions of girls currently don’t have access to.

For $28 a month, less than $1 a day, you can help girls access basic human rights, have access to health care, nutrition and help them stay in school to pursue better futures. Your donation is matched 4x, creating an even greater impact for empowerment and equality.

How does my donation help?

Registering girls at birth

Ensuring that their legal right to an education, health care and protection are officially recognized.

Providing better health care

Providing sexual reproductive health care for adolescents and improving maternal health to help manage childhood illness, encourage safe childbirth and provide emergency care.

Creating access to quality education

Building new schools, constructing water and hygiene solutions and providing vocational skills to help girls build brighter futures.

Helping girls participate

Working with communities and local governments to change attitudes and laws. Creating youth savings and loan groups to help provide livelihood opportunities, build independence and kick start girls’ futures.

13 million

additional child marriages could take place between 2020 and 2030 due to COVID-19.

2 million

COVID-19 has caused disruptions in programs that prevent female genital mutilation (FGM). This could cause approximately 2 million additional cases of FGM by 2030.

47 million

Women could lose access to contraception due to COVID-19.

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As a monthly Because I am a Girl donor you will receive:

  • A welcome package in the mail in about a month 
  • Quarterly updates where you can read stories of hope and change, and see how your contributions are making an impact  
  • Emails from key Because I am a Girl supporters that share more about our objectives and impact 
  • STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? LET US HELP!

    What countries are supported by the Because I am a Girl project?

    Plan International Canada’s Because I am a Girl project supports communities in dozens of countries around the world; these can include Bangladesh, Sudan, Niger, Colombia, Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Vietnam.

    How does Because I am a Girl differ from sponsoring a child or community?

    When you sponsor a child or community, you are supporting community-based projects in specific locations to help the children and families within those areas.

    When you support Because I am a Girl, you join a growing movement of fellow Canadians who are also committed to helping champion girls’ rights. Together, you fund equality-driven programs spanning hundreds of communities around the world. You help reach girls worldwide with the support they need, helping save and transform lives, while driving equality forward. You will learn about girls’ rights issues and see the impact your support is making through the eyes of the girls you’re helping reach with empowerment opportunities.

    If I become a monthly supporter, how long of a commitment am I expected to make?

    Many of our Because I am a Girl project supporters have been involved for several years and find it to be an incredibly rewarding experience. Helping advance girls’ rights and achieving equality for girls will take time. Consistent long-term support is the key to driving real shifts in mindsets and lasting change. The length of your commitment is up to you.

    Why can’t I support a project that helps boys?

    The Because I am a Girl project is designed to help advance equal rights starting with girls, as they are one of the most vulnerable populations to human rights violations within the countries where we work. However, our projects offer meaningful impact for boys, too. Gender norms and negative stereotypes are harmful to boys and men, as well.

    Gender equality benefits everyone, and it takes everyone being involved to achieve it, which is why we include boys, men, women and girls of all ages and community positions within our work. If we build a school, boys also attend. If we educate youth about sexual and reproductive health and rights, boys are informed too. It is only by working together that all children can be empowered and unlock their full potential within a more just and equal world.

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