Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Girls in the poorest regions are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are more likely to live in poverty, be denied access to school, forced into early marriage and to go hungry, simply because they are young and female.
We work with girls and their communities to build schools, educate teachers, and improve numeracy and literacy. We dig wells and build toilets. We work to end child marriage, child labour and child trafficking. We provide vocational training, and loans to start small businesses, and much more. In emergencies, we save lives and ease suffering by providing food, shelter, water, and sanitation, while also creating safe spaces to protect and keep children in school.
We are non-political and non-denominational. We work at local, national, and international level to tackle the root causes of child poverty and create a more equal world for all children. We work in the poorest regions and countries where we can have the biggest impact on child poverty, across 70 countries. Our Irish office works with the most vulnerable communities and children living in poverty or fleeing conflict or disasters. Our Irish work is focused in West and Central Africa, the Middle East (with Syrian refugees) and in Asia in Nepal, and Vietnam.