WE TEAMED UP WITH CHILDREN’S CHARITY PLAN INTERNATIONAL TO HELP DREAM UP A BETTER WORLD.
For Christmas 2019, all we wanted was to help girls unlock their dreams. Even today, girls and women in Brazil and Indonesia struggle to find employment and don’t have access to an education. When they do work, they earn far less than men. Together with our friends at Plan International, we’re working to support projects that give young women the tools they need to dream big and succeed.
THE BRAZIL PROJECT
Alice grew up in Brazil, and although her family didn’t have much, she was raised in a happy household with her mother, stepfather and two siblings.
Sadly, Alice’s sister passed away from meningitis, and her mother became severely depressed. It was these struggles that encouraged Alice to educate herself more through Plan International’s programmes.
These platforms allowed Alice to learn about her rights, as well as develop her leadership skills and performance in public speaking. Thanks to the knowledge of these rights, Alice knew that even as a young mother herself, she could still attend one of the most respected universities in the region. She hopes to become a teacher in the future and share her knowledge with others.
THE INDONESIA PROJECT
Indonesia is one of the fastest growing Asian economies. However, many rural communities rely on agriculture for work, and many young people join their family in unpaid subsidence work or moving to urban areas to seek other opportunities. High youth unemployment affects women the most, due to poor access to education and the expectation to perform traditional gender roles. As many young women are prevented from working outside the home, it can be difficult for girls to gain the skills they need to become independent and participate meaningfully in their communities.
Over Christmas 2019, we became involved in one of the most deprived provinces in eastern Indonesia, where the lack of work leads to poverty, early marriages and unsafe migration. The work we’ll do with Plan International in this area helps break down stereotypes, creating a supportive and enabling environment that encourages young girls and women to flourish.
This work will include vocational training, support for 330 young people (80% women), as well as providing knowledge to find a job and business coaching.
Metty is a young farmer living and working in one of the poorest provinces in eastern Indonesia, where she grows organic fruit and vegetables.
Joining Plan International’s Green Skills Project has motivated Metty to become an organic entrepreneur, giving her the confidence to embrace organic farming so that she can provide a steady income for her future and improve the lives of those in her community.