Plan International aims to impact 1m girls

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Plan International Nepal aims to impact one million girls by building movements for girls through its direct and indirect programme work in next five year in Nepal, it announced organizing a program in Lalitpur on Monday to mark its 80th anniversary.

Plan International Nepal announced that its new focus is on girls and women leadership. Plan International Nepal as a child-centered organization will focus its program on gender-based violence, eliminating discriminatory norms and harmful practices.

Plan International has its global five-year strategy starting in 2017 to protect the children and empower girls through its various programmes. The strategy spells out that it will take action so that 100 million girls would learn, lead, decide and thrive globally. 

Speaking at the program, Country Director of Plan International Sven Coppens said, “Plan International will make efforts and resources to advance child rights and equality for girls working within the goals of Sustainable Development Goals and government priorities in Nepal.”

The humanitarian organization has been working in Nepal since 1978, helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to survival, development, protection and participation, according to a press statement issued by the organization. It operates child-centred development programs in 45 districts.

Since the April 2015 earthquake, the organization has been working in response and recovery in earthquake-affected areas in the sectors of education, health, shelter, water sanitation, child protection and livelihood.  According to Program Support Manager of Plan International Nepal Subhakar Baidya, at least 287,847 individuals with 117, 230 children have benefitted from the response program. He mentioned that 12 model safe schools in six quake-affected districts are under construction to support the reconstruction work of Nepal.

Plan International has been working in over 70 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. 

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