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About Plan Canada

What is Plan?

Plan is one of the world's largest international, child-centred community development organizations. They work in 49 developing countries where, worldwide, their long-term community programs benefit more than 1.3 million children and impact the lives of over 13 million people. Plan is non-religious, non-political and has no government affiliations.

Plan actively involves local communities in setting up and implementing projects, including families and children. The aim is sustainable development: a better world for children now and in the long-term future.

What is Child-Centred Community Development?

Child Centred Community Development is a rights-based approach where children, families and communities are active participants in their own development. It enhances their capacity and opportunity to address the structural causes and consequences of poverty. Plan's work is broadly based around five key areas: Health, Education, Habitat, Livelihood and Building Relationships.

How does Plan choose the communities in which it works?

Plan has developed criteria to ensure they work where there is the greatest need and where they can have the greatest impact. To determine need, Plan considers international development indicators such as infant and maternal mortality rates, the country's wealth, government stability and willingness to work in collaboration with them to improve children's lives. Once need is established, Plan requires family and community commitment to participate actively in bringing about lasting change.

How does Plan make a difference?

Plan's active support for child development over a long period of time aims to improve the healthy development of children from before birth, through safe delivery, preschool care and development, primary and secondary education, to an adulthood in which they can be valuable and productive members of their community.

Does Plan show where the money goes?

Plan is one of the few global organizations that publish combined worldwide financial statements, making their operations and expenditures completely transparent. They encourage donors to visit their programs overseas, to meet the children, families and visit their communities, and observe the impact of their assistance first-hand.

How much of my money goes towards Plan's development projects?

Plan's funds are used for programs that benefit children, their families, and communities. Overall, they spend about 80 per cent of revenue on planning, implementing, supervising, and reporting on programs in all their areas of focus:

    . Health
    . Learning
    . Habitat
    . Livelihood
    . Building relationships.

The remaining 20 per cent is spent on operating and fundraising costs, including office overhead and salaries. This percentage falls within the Canada Revenue Agency's disbursement quota - which is the prescribed amount that registered charities are required to disburse each year in order to maintain their charitable registration - and is comparable to other similar charities in Canada.

There are strict controls on the handling of funds and their distribution to Program Countries. Decisions on how to use funds to benefit children are based on strategic plans prepared by Program Country staff in consultation with children, their families, and communities - and, where appropriate, with local governments and partner organizations.

How many countries does Plan Canada benefit directly?

Plan currently works 49 countries around the world. For a full list, please visit their website, www.plancanada.ca.

Why does Plan work in Tanzania?

Throughout Tanzania families and communities lack access to adequate health care facilities and services. Health facilities are often poorly equipped, costly and several days journey away. Many families therefore, turn to local health practitioners for more affordable and accessible alternatives for their medical needs. Most illnesses in Tanzania are preventable and are the consequence of poor hygiene, malnutrition, unsafe water and unsanitary living conditions. The most widespread of these problems include malnutrition and pneumonia.

The educational system throughout Tanzania is also in disarray. Almost two million children from the age of six and up, many of them girls do not attend school. Many adults do not fully understand the benefits an education can bring to their children and their families.

What is the relationship of Plan Canada to Plan Tanzania?

Plan Canada is one of the 17 national offices which act as the main fundraising arm of the organization. These national offices work in their home countries to raise funds and build relationships between sponsors and sponsored children. They undertake advocacy and education on development issues in their own countries to increase knowledge, understanding and awareness about poverty, and the effects of poverty, among Plan's stakeholders and the public. They also provide technical support to program activities in the field.

Plan Tanzania is one of 49 country offices around the world. Its function is to carry out development programs, as well as advocacy and awareness-raising about poverty and, increasingly, local fundraising.

Why did Plan change its name?

Plan's goal is to help as many children as possible. Being recognized globally as a strong, cohesive, trusted organization means they can attract more donors and thereby help more children.

Over the last few years the organization has operated under the name Plan in the countries where they work with children. As a leading member in the global Plan organization, Canada plays a key role in supporting this unified presence around the world.

Why was the name changed to Plan?

While the organization was founded as Foster Parents Plan in 1937, it has operated as Plan for the last several years in the more than 60 countries where it works with children. The children know us as Plan!

The name Plan also reflects the nature of the work to achieve lasting improvements in children's lives - through plans that build strong communities around the needs of children, plans that result in significant progress, plans that involve staying with communities long enough to bring about sustainable results. And Plan is dedicated to the ultimate plan, which is to move on when development initiatives are fully managed by community members. From that perspective, the name Plan just makes sense.

Among those who believe in and lend their names to Plan Canada are:

    . Rob Black, Sports Broadcaster
    . Valerie Pringle, Television Broadcaster
    . Wendy Crewson, Actress
    . Polly Shannon, Actress
    . Erin Davis, On-Air Radio Personality
    . Sonja Smits, Actress
    . Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada
    . Ross Petty, Actor & Producer
    . Marilyn Denis, On-Air Radio and Television Personality
    . Lisa Laflemme, Television Broadcaster
    . James Cunningham, Comedian
    . Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Olympic Champions - Pairs Figure Skating
    . Jennifer Heil, Olympic Champion - Freestyle Mogul Skier