This October, I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon to support an organization that I care deeply about, Plan International USA (“Plan” or “Plan USA” for short). I’ve been on their Board of Directors for just over 2 years, but I’ve volunteered and been heavily involved with Plan’s work since I was 13.
Plan is a non-profit that works in thousands of developing communities in over 50 countries on sustainable development projects with a focus on the lives of children. They are community-based, so the development work that happens in each place is as different as the communities in which they serve. It would be impossible for me to tell you about all the projects they do, but they include:
- Humanitarian relief efforts after natural disasters and emergencies (Nepal earthquake, typhoon in the Philippines, Ebola outbreaks in West Africa)
- Education programs for boys and girls on violence prevention in El Salvador
- Equipping schools in Ethiopia with water tanks, pipes, science equipment, and library books
- Sanitation improvement and education programs in rural Cambodia that have reached over 1,517 villages and 148,400 people to date
With over 70 years of experience, Plan creates sustainable development by creating long-term relationships with communities. Having a long-term presence in these communities puts Plan in the unique position to be able to really understand the needs of the people who live there, and also allow them to respond quickly and efficiently in cases of devastating natural disasters. I've met young people who have benefited from Plan's programs and development work, and they are empowered and educated youth who are interested in making a difference in their own communities.
Please help me support this organization. I have an ambitious fundraising goal to meet, but with your help I think it's possible!
If you want to know more about Plan, I would love to talk to you about their work! You can also visit their websites (https://plan-international.org/ and http://www.planusa.org/). There is a really cool interactive map here that tells you about their work in each place!