29.11.2021 – 11:40
Plan International Germany eV
Around 16 million volunteers are active in Germany. The children’s aid organization Plan International can also count on nationwide support from volunteers: More than 1,000 volunteers are working in almost 100 local action groups in their hometowns to support the work of Plan International for children and their families in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“It is overwhelming what our volunteers have achieved despite the pandemic. They have a large part in our success,” says Kathrin Hartkopf, Head of the Management Board at Plan International Germany. “2021 was an absolute record year for our action groups: For example, they made a major contribution across Germany to the fact that more than 40 cities took part on World Girls’ Day this year with over 85 lighting campaigns to draw attention to the disadvantage of girls in this world. Volunteering Day on December 5th is a great opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who supports us so actively in their free time. ”
The commitment of the Plan Action Groups is very diverse, even if it is currently restricted by Corona. In their cities and communities, the volunteers organize benefit concerts and readings, organize charity runs, bazaars and children’s parties, establish contact with local politicians and the media, and cooperate with schools and companies. In addition, they provide information about the work of Plan International and in this way win new sponsors. Plan’s volunteer supporters also made a decisive contribution to the “Odometer for Equality” campaign on the occasion of World Girls’ Day – on foot, on the bike and in the water, they collected over 53,000 kilometers and more than 18,000 euros in donations. Together they symbolically circumnavigated the world within four weeks.
“Political participation is also a top priority at Plan International,” says Helge Ludwig, who coordinates the work of around 100 action groups in Germany at Plan. “Through the working groups, our volunteers have the opportunity to have a say in the future and projects of the children’s aid organization. Every three years, the action group members from each federal state elect their 16 representatives, who they then represent at the general assembly of Plan International Germany.”
Young people are very welcome to join the Plan Action Groups, even if there is only limited time apart from studies, work or family. For everyone who wants to join one of the local groups in around 100 cities – or who want to start a new one, there are meaningful tasks, both offline and online. It is also possible to translate on a voluntary basis. In addition to English, mainly Spanish and French are used. More than 580 volunteers work as translators for the sponsored mail and reports on the current situation of the sponsored children.
Interest in development policy issues and the perspective of young people are also in demand at Plan International: In the Plan Youth Advisory Board, around 20 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 from all over Germany are committed to the equal rights and political participation of children and young people around the world.
For everyone who wants to get an impression without any obligation: The eighth Plan Live Stream will take place on December 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., and anyone interested can take part without registering. The main topic this time is the effect of sponsorships. There, among other things, a volunteer will report on her long-term commitment and her action group as well as her experiences with Plan’s sponsorship program: www.plan.de/livestream
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