At times it’s hard to believe how far your support can go, and what it means to those who benefit. When you support Plan’s Because I am a Girl project, you’re creating big change in the lives of women and girls around the globe. Thanks to your support, we’ve reached more than 6 million people in 15 developing countries. So, let’s meet some of the women you’ve helped, and understand how you’ve changed their lives.
3 women with 3 bright futures
- You helped train Ana, 20, a female farmer from Bolivia. Ana’s one of over 3,000 women who received specialized training in farming and crop production. The training strengthened her financial independence and keeps her family healthy and strong. Here’s what it means to Ana: “As women, we must not think we can’t do things. Many people think we can only cook, wash clothes and look after our kids – but we can do anything we put our minds to.”
- As for Rebecca, a confident 20-year old from South Sudan, she’s the first female to graduate from the automotive training course you helped support. She’s shattering stereotypes and causing her community to rethink what’s considered a male-dominated career. The best part – she’s already landed herself steady work. Let’s hear from Rebecca: “I will continue working in the garage and earn an income to support myself. I am determined to become a role model.”
- Things couldn’t have been worse for Fatima, a mother of 5 whose family was displaced as conflict stormed Sudan. But thanks to you, things are looking up. Fatima received small business training, which inspired her to take hold of her future. Today, she’s running a successful shop that supports her family. “It opened opportunities for me. Now I can cover my basic needs and the needs of my children.”
Let’s talk about the millions of others
It doesn’t stop there! That’s just a snapshot of what your generous contributions have been able to achieve in 3 different countries for 3 different women. This is how 6 million people in 15 countries have benefited:
- More than 800 health facilities were constructed or rehabilitated.
- Over 2,000 teachers have been trained to identify and address gender discrimination in classrooms, schools and communities.
- More than 49,000 girls are benefiting from new school activities.
- 410,000 people received gender equality training, spreading knowledge on issues that inhibit girls, like gender-based violence and child marriage.
- Over 4,000 savings and loans groups were created to improve the financial literacy and livelihood opportunities of thousands of women.
Spotlight: Education in Ethiopia
For girls in Ethiopia, education is a life-saver. But too many girls miss out on this golden opportunity because of the role women and girls play in society. Literacy rates are staggering, enrolment rates are low and drop-out rates extremely high. But thanks to you, we’re making major progress.
For 7 schools in rural Ethiopia, the addition of brand new classrooms, libraries, latrines, teacher’s quarters and school supplies is making a difference for hundreds of girls every day.
The future looks brighter for many girls in Ethiopia – along with Ana, Rebecca and Fatima. We thank you for your continued support and determination to see a better world for the women and girls in the communities where we work.
Help change the world for girls.