By Ian Wishart
Founded after the Spanish Civil War, Plan began by sponsoring 300 children in a model that strengthened families and communities so that children never felt abandoned. 79 years ago, Plan’s founders, who included Anna Freud (daughter of Sigmund), recognised that children needed to grow up with security and opportunity, and be able to plan for the future. A letter from a Plan staff member in 1939 states “we are not just giving food and beds to children living in wretched conditions, but taking them into healthy surroundings, educating them, and giving them a chance to face life with courage and understanding.” Who would want anything else for these children?
Continue reading Nearly 80 years of work with children has taught us how vulnerable they are
This is the first in a series of blog posts by Kishan Devkota, Managing Director of the Everest Children’s Welfare Zone (ECWZ). Kishan has been sending us updates of this organisation’s response to the Nepal earthquakes, providing an unfiltered view from inside one community’s response to these disasters. We first met Kishan in Melbourne, when he appeared at an event we hosted on donating ethically. We were so impressed by his honesty and approach, we decided to donate the funds raised that night (AU$420) to his organisation. His community is in Rasuwa District, on the border of Tibet and Langtang National Park.
Continue reading Inside a community-based disaster response #1