Plan International celebrates 75 years of campaigning for child rights

PLAN International, one of the oldest and largest children’s global development organisations, marked 75 years of commitment to children with a series of unique global celebrations on March 20.

The charity, which works with more than 56 million children in 50 countries, celebrated the world’s biggest children’s birthday party by joining Plan offices and supporters all over the world physically and virtually to celebrate the birthday and the organisation’s long term commitment to children.

Worldwide events ranged from a concert in Haiti, girls football match in Bangladesh, planting of 75,000 trees in Zimbabwe, sports day in Sudan, Lion King theatre party in Hamburg, to VIP visits by the likes of the Pakistan Prime Minister.

The Regional Office based at the City of Knowledge, held a breakfast for executives, diplomats, businessmen and members of various NGOs in the City Club. In the afternoon, the staff sang “Happy Birthday” to Plan, together with their children.

Count Every Child Campaign

At the heart of this celebration is the Count Every Child campaign, a vital programme striving to provide children all over the world with birth certificates.

Nigel Chapman, CEO, Plan International said: “We take it for granted that every child celebrates their birthday – just as we, as an organisation, are celebrating our 75th birthday. Yet millions of children around the world cannot mark it because their births are not registered. These children don’t know how old they are because often they don’t have a birth certificate.

“Some 51 million children every year are denied the basic right of a birth certificate, leaving them at risk of being denied schooling, healthcare and housing, and making them more likely to be exposed to exploitation and abuse. Without this vital piece of documentation, children have no formal identity, don’t officially exist and are denied basic rights. We have to put a stop to this.”

About Plan International

The global organisation, which works with more than 56 million children in 50 developing countries, has been promoting child rights and lifting millions of children out of poverty since it was founded in 1937. Plan was founded by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge to care for children affected by the Spanish Civil War. Today, the charity helps improve the lives of children all over the world across key child poverty issues of education, gender, health, water and sanitation, protection, economic security emergencies and sexual health, including HIV.