Kids

We are here to fund research to give every child diagnosed with cancer the best possible chance for a cure and a long and healthy life.

The connection between St. Baldrick’s Foundation participants and our Honored Kids moves volunteers to raise more money and awareness, while also comforting families and their children with the knowledge that others are supporting them in the fight.

We invite you to visit our blog to read more about these remarkable kids and families and be inspired by their strength, determination and courage. Or, search below to find an honored child near you.

Are you interested in sharing your child’s story by signing them up to become an Honored Kid?

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Thank you

We would like to thank you and your company for the generous gift to our fund raiser. Our raffle was a huge success, and that raffle would not have been possible without your help. The raffle funds will be used to help children , so you are truly making a difference in people’s lives. Thank you on behalf of [name of cause], and thank you from our group in particular.

Respectfully,

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Children’s voices

Children's voices

In all aspects of Plan’s work, we value children’s ability and right to participate in decisions about issues that affect them.

Children represent about a third of the world’s population. Providing opportunities for children and young people to articulate their views and access information is integral to Plan’s work, including children’s involvement with media projects.

 

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How we work

Plan has seen how children’s participation and putting children’s interests at the centre of their own development helps break the cycle of child poverty.

Our child-centred and community-led approach is a rights-based approach in which children, their families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development.

Children and young people are consulted during the planning of development projects and often have a role to play during the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their success.

  • At least 80p in every pound donated is spent on supporting and delivering our development work.
  • We’re accountable first and foremost to the children and communities we work with, and to the sponsors and donors who make that work possible. It’s very important to us that everything we do is open and honest.

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Our people

Everyone at Plan, from our directors to our field staff to our fundraisers, is passionate about one thing – improving the lives of children.

We listen to the experts

To find the best solutions to the problems children face we listen to the experts – the children themselves. We have learnt the best approach is to trust in people to find their own solutions and children and young people’s ideas are central to the decisions and plans that affect their lives.

We use local knowledge

Our work requires a deep understanding of the communities we work with, so at least 90 per cent of our staff in the field are from the countries we work in. Plan employs over 8,000 staff around the world, all of whom are deeply committed to helping children and their communities. We also work with 70,000 community volunteers.

Our senior management

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive
Angela Beerman, Director of Human Resources
Bill Cunningham, Director of Finance and IT
Nazma Kabir, Director of Programmes
Mike Thiedke, Director of Public Engagement

For more information on Plan UK’s management structure, read our latest annual report and accounts.

Our board members

Janet Paraskeva – Chair
Jane French*
Thomas C Hoegh
Charlotte Imbert
Javaid S Khan
Richard Laing*
 

* Members of the Audit Committee

Amanda Phillips
Andrew Rogerson
Leon Ward
Spencer McHugh
Surina Narula
Hanah Burgess*
 

Our Youth Advisory Panel

Children are at the heart of all our work. To help us champion children’s rights and participation, Plan UK has a Youth Advisory Panel and two young people on our Board of Trustees.

Our patrons

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Michael Aspel OBE
Baroness Gardner of Parkes
Marie Helvin
Virginia McKenna
The Lord Paul
 
Dr Miriam Stoppard
Baroness Warnock of Weeke
Len Woodley QC
Baroness Rendell of Babergh
Baroness Morris of Yardley
Sir John Holme

- See more at: http://www.plan-uk.org/about-us/our-people/#sthash.QmmuqHUk.dpuf

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Our History

Originally named ’Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain’, Plan was founded in 1937 by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and aid worker Eric Muggeridge. They had seen firsthand the plight of children such as José, orphaned by the civil war in Spain, and were determined to help.

‘This is José. I am his father. When Santander falls I shall be shot. Whoever finds my son, I beg of him to take care of him for my sake.’
A note pinned to a little boy in Spain, 1937

Their plan was to provide food, shelter and clothing to children orphaned during the Spanish Civil War. Through games and activities, the children were helped to learn the skills they needed to cope with the trauma of the war.

A pioneer of child sponsorship

In the beginning British people were asked to donate one shilling a day to provide a child with food and shelter. They were also asked to write letters to the child to show them that someone cared about them. This was the beginning of what we now call child sponsorship.

Changing as the world changed

During the Second World War, we expanded to work with displaced children throughout war-torn Europe.

From the 1950s, as Europe recovered, we gradually began working with deprived children throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. To reflect this, we changed our name to Plan International.

Plan today

Plan is now a global children’s charity, working with children in 50 of the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. We also campaign and advocate for every child’s right to fulfil their potential.

The plan today is to help children move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

Child sponsorship is still at the heart of our organisation. We have over one million sponsors in 20 countries helping children all over the world, together with their families and communities.

Plan is independent, with no political or religious affiliation.

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About

About Plan

Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

For over 75 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:

  • giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
  • securing the education of girls and boys
  • working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
  • inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
  • enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future

With your support children, families and entire communities have the power to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

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