Plan is a child-centred community development organisation with no religious and political affiliations, enabling families and communities in the poorest countries to make lasting improvements to the lives of their children.
In the countries where we work, one out of five children die before the age of five, and the ones who survive often go hungry and have no chance of learning to read and write.
Plan works with children, their parents, and their community, to plan practical ways to provide many of the things we take for granted in the UK, so that together we build schools, drill wells, get nurses trained and help families to better support themselves.
Plan seeks to ensure that children are actively involved in the decision-making process, working with adults who have learnt to value their contribution.
Plan's work is made possible because more than a million people across the world support us through sponsoring children. In doing so they benefit many other children, and entire communities. Plan's also supported by the UK Government's Department of International Development, the European Union and partners and governments worldwide.
Through long-term partnership with a community, often 10-15 years, we aim to ensure it has achieved lasting improvements; giving its children a better start in life, knowledge of their rights, and the confidence to claim them for the next generation. Their energy can provide the impetus to change their world.