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Amazing Facebook Application from Plan UK

by
alister
on
Dec 9 2011
Plan UK

Plan UK has created an amazing new Facebook application called ‘Plan Your Story’, and I know because I just used it! Simply click on the link below to open the application via your Facebook profile and see how the story of your life could have been so different if you were born without a birth certificate –

> > Click here to Plan Your Story

So many people across the world are born without a birth certificate, and it really can play a huge part on what impact you have for the rest of your life. You and I are lucky, these kind of things are just taken for granted.

This great new application has already won Digital Campaign of the Week from leading voluntary and not-for-profit sector magazine Third Sector. Why not find out what all the fuss is about by clicking on the link above, and Plan Out Your Story yourself.

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Plan UK Concern for Malawi Tobacco Pickers

by
alister
on
Jun 30 2010

A Plan UK report has shown that children who are being employed as tobacco pickers in Malawi are being exposed to the nicotine equivalent of smoking 50 cigarettes a day. The child labourers, some as young as 5 years old, are absorbing up to 54 milligrams of nicotine a day whilst tying tobacco during their long hours of work. The workforce, who ply their trade for up to 12 hours a day at less than 1p an hour, have no protective clothing to withstand the nicotine that is seeping into their skin.

Malawi supply the ‘filler tobacco’ to multinational companies that use the low grade yet high in nicotine content tobacco to bulk out their cigarettes that are sold around the world. Almost 78,000 under age children work in the tobacco industry in Malawi, a staggering amount when you consider the hazardous conditions they are working in and toxins they are being exposed to. Effects from the over exposure to the tobacco cause a shortness of breath, headaches, weakness and severe coughing.

Plan Malawi’s Child Rights Advisor, Mcdonald Mumba, said –

This research shows that tobacco estates are exploiting and abusing children who have a right to a safe working environment. Plan is calling for better enforcement of child labour laws and harsher punishment for employers who break them. These children are risking their health for 11p a day and multinational tobacco companies, who profit vastly from child labour, need to take a more active responsibility for their involvement.

The children’s charity is now calling upon the local government of Malawi to enforce their child labour protection laws to there fullest to help stop this terrible trade. Also that plantations provide safer working conditions and age restrictions, along with the correct protective clothing for those needed to work in the tobacco fields. Most importantly, Plan are demanding that multinational tobacco companies look into the methods of production used to create their cigarette ‘filler’, and make sure that their own strict corporate guidelines are followed to the letter.

Help Plan by Sponsoring a Child

You can help raise funds for Plan’s ongoing work by sponsoring a child. Currently working in some of the world’s poorest countries, Plan make long term improvements to the lives of children through working in local communities. With each sponsorship comes –

  • Welcome pack including information and pictures about your child
  • Receive at least one letter, note or drawing from your child
  • 2 Editions of World Family Magazine
  • The knowledge that you are helping a child to live their life

> > Click here to sponsor a child with Plan

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Plan UK Photography Competition – Shoot Nations 2010

by
alister
on
May 27 2010

Plan UK has teamed up with Shoot Experience to launch their 4th Shoot Nations competition. The annual event, which is a global youth photography competition, sees thousands of entries from over 100 countries across the globe as the participants compete to be the world’s best young photographer.

The UK winner will be presented at the UN headquarters in New York on August 12th 2010, as part of an all expenses paid trip. This date is particularly significant as it is also International Youth Day. This year’s theme is ‘City Living’, and with over 50% of the world now living in built up urban areas, these photos will reflect the sign of the times for many of the world’s population. The judges will this year be looking for innovative imagery from around the globe that truly encapsulates everyday life in the world’s cities.

Shoot Nations leader George Anang’a, from Plan UK, said –

This is the fourth Shoot Nations competition in which Plan have participated and every year the bar just gets higher, the standard is fantastic. The idea is that the smallest community or family issue in any area of the world can be photographed and displayed at the highest level of global government, the United Nations. This year we want to use the cities theme to build a picture of what urban environments mean to young people whilst focusing on the movement of people and the impact this has on the surrounding environment.

This competition is free to enter and has two age categories –

  • 11 – 16 years
  • 17 – 25 years

All entrants should submit a maximum of three photos each, alongside an explanation of what each shot represents to the photographers idea of ‘City Living’. The best UK entries will be revealed on MTV, with the best photo winner being chosen by MTV viewers. Plus if you don’t win the trip to New York there will be a host of other prizes including Olympus cameras, designer maps and National Geographic subscriptions.

Simply click on the link below for more information, then get snapping. You never know, you could be on your way to New York in August to be acclaimed at UN Headquarters on International Youth Day!

> > Click here to enter the Shoot Experience competition

Help Plan by Sponsoring a Child

You can help raise funds for Plan’s ongoing work by sponsoring a child. Currently working in some of the world’s poorest countries, Plan make long term improvements to the lives of children through working in local communities. With each sponsorship comes –

  • Welcome pack including information and pictures about your child
  • Receive at least one letter, note or drawing from your child
  • 2 Editions of World Family Magazine
  • The knowledge that you are helping a child to live their life

> > Click here to sponsor a child with Plan

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Haiti Children Want Education, Jobs and a Say in Their Future

by
alister
on
Apr 13 2010

A major survey of nearly 1000 children in Haiti by Plan UK and the UNICEF charity has found that getting back to school is the number one target for most young people in the earthquake stricken region of Haiti. The Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) joint nationwide consultation has uncovered the truth behind people’s feelings and fears, and will be included in the blueprint for Haiti’s reconstruction plans.

The Haitian government has asked for $11.5 billion dollars to rebuild. Thanks to the PDNA, Plan believes that children and young people in Haiti should be given a voice in how this money is used. Having spoken to approximately 1,000 children across Haiti, the consultation topics ranged from gender, disability, vulnerability, education, access to services and disaster risk reduction.

Children are usually excluded from the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process, but this time they were encouraged to discuss their hopes and dreams for their future and that of the country itself. With 50% of Haiti’s population under 18, it is extremely important that their views are held in high regard alongside the opinions of Haiti’s adults.

One 16 year old boy said –

I sincerely hope to go back to school because I think one is nothing in life without knowledge. Before January 12, I received no training, no information on natural disasters. So I think that we have to better prepare for potential earthquakes, avoiding uncontrolled construction.

What Haitian young people wanted most in the assessment was to get back to school and continue with their education, alongside better housing, health, water and transport. Other concerns included a lack of preparation for future disasters, and for better services in the provinces.

> > Click here to download the Post Disaster Needs Assessment document

Help Plan by Sponsoring a Child

You can help raise funds for Plan’s ongoing work by sponsoring a child. Currently working in some of the world’s poorest countries, Plan make long term improvements to the lives of children through working in local communities. With each sponsorship comes –

  • Welcome pack including information and pictures about your child
  • Receive at least one letter, note or drawing from your child
  • 2 Editions of World Family Magazine
  • The knowledge that you are helping a child to live their life

> > Click here to sponsor a child with Plan

>> Read More