Plan is celebrating 75 years of working with and for children. Founded in 1937 by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge, Plan's original aim was to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan's work to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty is based around 8 core areas.
Plan is a child-centred community development organisation: we work with children, their families,
communities, organisations and local governments to bring about positive change. When children and adults work together as part of the change process, it is more likely that programmes will be successful and sustainable. Plan's work is linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which spells out the human rights of all children. Listening to what children have to say about their rights, needs and concerns is key to this approach. We encourage and help children to take an active role in finding solutions to their problems and realising their full potential.