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The Bold Man and the Sea

Unni Krishnan | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Japanese boat man gives a crash course in disaster management. Standing on the bridge of the Himawari (sunflower), the boat Susumu Sugawara, 72, sail...

Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

Unni Krishnan | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?

Louise Ridley

Heroic Girls In Pakistan's Slums Are Defying Men To Get An Education | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

“They stare at me as if they’re going to eat me.” Seventeen-year-old Sawera could become the first person in her family to finish pr...

He Wanted to Break Into My Home

Alice | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

A while ago a man began following me on my way to and from school. He lives in the same area as me and has a wife and two children at home. Yet he came up to me and said he loved me. I told him no and continued walking.

We Must Overcome Violence at Home to Go to School

Faridah | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

My name is Faridah, and I am 17 years old. I left school when I was 12 and married when I was 15. Now I have decided to continue my schooling. I have been given a chance to attend a school run by Plan near my home. My family does not agree, however, and they will do everything to stop me.

Too Young to Marry

Alex Harris | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Alex Harris

Victims of child, early and forced marriage typically have children very young and because their bodies aren't ready for childbirth, around 70,000 girls die in labour every year... I've uploaded a selection of our child bride images into the 'how old am I' app and here are the results. A picture says a thousand words, but the age says so much more.

Rebuilding Nepal Starts With Children and Communities

Nigel Chapman | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Nepal was one of the poorest countries in Asia before the earthquakes. There is an opportunity to strengthen so much, not just the physical buildings, but the institutions of government nationally and locally, and reinforce social cohesion and the Nepali national spirit. It must not be wasted.

Menstruation Matters: That's the Bottom Line

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, women and girls face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods. They lack access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and are forced to use improvised materials, such as rags, that are uncomfortable and can lead to leaks and infections.

Nepal: The Education Test for the International Community

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Countries such as Nepal have worked for years to put disaster preparation measures in place. It is essential the international community does the same.

Playing Mind Games in Emergencies

Unni Krishnan | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Immediately after a disaster, life-saving aid floods into a country. Yet, while humanitarian workers are adept at dealing with the physical needs, they can miss the invisible needs of disaster survivors - such as mental health and psychosocial support, especially for children.

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.

For Better or Worse: Child Marriage Is a Violation of Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Globally, marriage is not always something to celebrate. While some 350 couples a day decide to tie the knot in the UK, around the world 41,000 girls every day enter into a union they didn't choose. That's one girl every two seconds married against her will.

Getting Everyone in the Picture: Don't Forget Girls

Nigel Chapman | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered. While this number is split fairly evenly between male and female, we have to take into account that young girls and women already have to break down significant barriers just to be treated equally. If they are not registered, the barriers to participation become even more prominent.

Pre-Teen's 'Wedding Blog' Makes For Difficult Reading...

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK

This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37. She is to be Norway’s official first child bride, according ...

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?

Ebola: The Best Way to Predict Ebola Outbreak's Future Is to Invent It

Unni Krishnan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide.The deadly disease has killed over 960 peo...

Raped During Conflict, Now Selling Sex to Survive, Liberia's Daughters of War Have a Message: Listen to Our Stories Angelina, and Bring Us Change

Jane Labous | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Labous

Silver, 30, was gang-raped in the war by four men who tied her up and left her pregnant. Now she is a sex worker to survive. Photo: ©PlanInternatio...

Clowning Around - the Humanitarian Way

Angela Singh | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

"I'm not ashamed to call it humanitarian clowning. It involves knowing how to make children laugh, even those who have been through a very traumatic experience. It's about making mistakes. It's about exciting spectacles," says Samantha.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

One Ethiopian Boy's Delight and Dreams: How We Helped Hennock Tell His Story

Charlotte Strong | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Charlotte Strong

Together with our Ethiopian colleagues, who work closely with communities where Plan operates, we approached a kindergarten to meet kids who are benefiting from an early learning project. What better way to find an inspiring story about play!

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

We Must End FGM Now and Give Girls a Future

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The prevalence of FGM varies between regions of Guinea-Bissau, depending on the distribution of different ethnic groups who consider the practice part of their ethnic identity, traditional and religious beliefs. And this is the crux of the issue. FGM is so bound up with the culture of many groups that it becomes hard, and controversial, to tackle it without seeming to undermine the very foundations of that historic culture.

Street Collections to Slacktivism, a Conversation With Ben Carter of Response One

Hannah Gal | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Hannah Gal

Times of austerity and highly savvy consumers mean challenging times for charities. In order to keep existing supporters and attract new ones, charities need a sound understanding of customers' buying behaviour, attitudes and habits. This is where Response One comes in.

Make Cities Safer for Girls

Angela Singh | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Singh

One year ago, a young woman was repeatedly gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, India. The student, who had hopes of becoming a doctor, died two weeks later.