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Take on sponsorship in Africa
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We at Plan International have the goal of sustainably improving the lives of girls and boys in Africa with long-term project work. With the help of self-help, we support the local people in finding lasting ways out of poverty. Your sponsorship for a child in Africa supports our development aid on this continent and enables the children, their families and communities a better future.
Sustainable aid in Africa
We are active as an aid organization in Africa. Choose one of our 25 partner countries and find out more about our sponsorship program and our local child aid.
Help for children in Africa
In Africa around 380 million people live in poverty. Hunger, high child mortality rates, deadly diseases and inadequate education and health systems are the most pressing challenges. We are active as an aid organization in Africa and sustainably improve the living conditions for children in Africa. Take on a child sponsorship in Africa:
- Help in three ways: Support your sponsored child, their family and the community with just 92 cents a day.
- "Helping people help themselves": Promote our program work and help change entire regions in the long term.
- Give children a chance healthy, educated and non-violent to grow up.
- Maintain the personal contact to your sponsored child and receive photos and information.
- Your sponsorship can be terminated at any time and tax deductible.
Our commitment in Africa
Plan in Africa
As a children's aid organization, we have been providing development aid in Africa since the 1970s. Your sponsorship contribution supports our children's aid in the African partner countries and helps to implement it successfully on site.
Africa is currently the fastest growing demographic continent. Around two billion babies are expected to be born by 2050 and the population in African countries will double from today's level of 1.1 billion. Although the population is growing, child mortality rates are high in Africa, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2012 this was 9 percent (1 child out of 11), in 1990 it was 17 percent (1 child out of 6). At Plan International, we are promoting local health care with projects, improving the hygiene situation, providing information on sexual health and advocating safe births.
Africa's gross domestic product has grown by around 30 percent over the past ten years. The growth rate is five percent. Nevertheless, around 380 million people live there on less than 1.25 dollars a day, the limit defined by the World Bankabsolute poverty. We at Plan International want to ensure that fewer people in Africa live in poverty. With our program work, we contribute to the sustainable improvement of local living conditions. For example, we create career prospects for unemployed family members, especially women and young people, by initiating vocational training courses and setting up savings groups in the communities. These are intended to enable women and young people to set up small businesses themselves and gradually improve their economic situation.
More information: Income protection
More info: child poverty
In Africa isAIDS / HIV An important topic: at the end of 2013, around 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV, and around 1.5 million new infections are added each year. 70 percent of the people affected live south of the Sahara. In Africa, 59 percent of those living with HIV are female. Children are also affected by the disease. In 2014, around 2.9 million children were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In the fight against HIV, Plan International advocates supportive treatment methods that prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child and provides educational work on the transmission of AIDS. Further information: Sexual health and protection against HIV.
It is estimated that around 200 million women and girls have been genitally mutilated around the world. Through its programs, Plan International is committed to an end to this serious child rights violation and to the protection of girls at risk. Especially in Africa we oppose themCircumcision of girls because many countries there have a very high rate of female circumcision victims. The African countries in which over 80% of 15- to 49-year-old girls and women are circumcised include: Somalia (98%), Guinea (96%), Djibouti (93%), Egypt (91%), Mali (89%), Eritrea (89%), Sierra Leone and Sudan (both 88%) (source: Terre de Femmes).
Further information: Female genital mutilation
Time and again, children in Africa grow up without their parents because they die of AIDS, for example. With our programs, we are therefore initiating awareness-raising work in our African partner countries in order to avoid the spread of the HIV virus. In Mozambique, for example, we also ensure that orphans are not disadvantaged in their communities and receive a good basic education.
Support street children
Street children live in whole or in part on the street. Many are homeless and have to cope with life without parents. They earn their living doing odd jobs, begging or stealing. Street children often sell newspapers or sweets, clean windshields or shoes, or act as “tourist guides”. There are many reasons why children live on the streets. In any case, you are defenseless and exposed to many dangers. With our program work, we are committed to ensuring that these children also have a better future.
Further information: child protection
East Africa is the worst drought for 30 years. The consequences of the El Niño weather phenomenon and the effects of climate change hit the north of the country in particular. Plan International supplies people with food, drinking water and seeds for the next harvest. Severely malnourished children are treated in small health stations. Help & donate now
Current projects in Africa
Mile-long ways to school, the lack of classrooms and sanitary facilities make it difficult for children in Zimbabwe to attend school. In order to be able to take part in lessons, some children even spend the night in simple accommodation near the school. But these are unguarded and girls in particular are exposed to a high risk of sexual violence there. In our Chipinge and Mutare project regions, we are therefore building girls' dormitories at four secondary schools so that the pupils there find a safe environment and good conditions for learning. We are also building classrooms and sanitary facilities to create better learning conditions for around 6,640 girls and boys.
Sustainable agriculture, afforestation and the establishment of green companies are the core elements of this project. Together with more than 3,600 young people, we want to secure livelihoods in the Chisamba region, which is suffering severely from the consequences of climate change.
In Mali, female genital mutilation is practiced nationwide. It poses a high health risk for girls and young women and is often associated with serious physical and emotional consequences. Plan and its partners have been fighting in various regions of Mali since 2004 to protect girls from female genital mutilation and to reduce the number of girls and women who have been circumcised.
The “Girls Together Against Sexual Violence” project in Togo gives girls the opportunity to get involved socially and politically. In training courses, they strengthen their skills in order to become active themselves and to stand up for their rights. At the same time, we are working with local authorities and government agencies to improve the structures for protecting children and young people.
In Burkina Faso, over half of girls marry before they are 18 years old - every tenth girl marries before her 15th birthday. The serious consequences of child marriages include dropping out of school, early and risky pregnancies, and an increased likelihood of domestic violence and poverty. With this project we want to protect children and especially girls in Burkina Faso from getting married early. To this end, we strengthen children and young people so that they can exercise their rights and make self-determined decisions about their future.
In Geita, many children work in artisanal mining in the gold mines to contribute to the income of their families. Working there is extremely dangerous. Because in order to loosen the gold from the rock, highly toxic chemicals are used. In the fishing industry on Lake Victoria, too, many children work in exploitative employment relationships. With this project we want to protect girls and boys from dangerous work and free them from child labor. With our support, they will regain access to schools and training opportunities.
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