2022 Annual Report | Full Edition



A tipping point for hunger Plan International is present in many of the countries bearing the brunt of the global hunger crisis, and we’re scaling up our programs to support those most at risk, but the need is immense and growing rapidly with each passing day. Our interactive map of 10 hunger hotspots takes you straight into the communities where life-saving humanitarian assistance is needed most.

Disaster Relief How we amped up our humanitarian aid when and where it was needed most.

A time of unprecedented hunger. The crisis in Ukraine. A mutating virus. Floods, drought and fierce storms caused by climate change. Small wonder HarperCollins settled on “permacrisis” as the word that best sums up 2022. But with each crisis, Plan International Canada mobilized teams to provide life- saving assistance to communities, from supporting families forced to flee their homes in Ukraine to distributing cash assistance and food vouchers in the countries hit hardest by the hunger crisis. We never wavered in our commitment to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We expanded our programming to further encompass development and humanitarian work, helping communities build resilience for whatever the next challenge may be. “We responded to multiple complex crises in 2022 that affected women and children,” says Jessica Capasso,

director of emergency and humanitarian assistance at Plan International Canada. “The need for disaster relief will only grow. That’s why we’re evolving to become the number one organization to help girls facing disasters and crises.” To deliver emergency humanitarian assistance, we: Mobilize vital resources and work with communities to address both the urgent and longer-term needs of families in crisis. Initiate health and child-protection programs to keep children safe when they’re forced to flee their homes. Provide health, hygiene and support services to displaced families. Establish education-in-emergencies programs for children, especially girls.


Evelyn Wambui, a communications specialist at Plan International Kenya, walks us through a kitchen that has no food or water – a daily reality for many families in the communities of the drought-prone Tana River County.


IN LEBANON , One in 10 children are being sent to work due to a worsening economic crisis. Thousands of children, like Hiba, are missing school to help their parents put food on the table. “My dream is for her to return to school and fulfill her right to an education,” says her mother, Hamida. Plan International is working to make that happen by providing families with food, cash support and child protection.

IN GUATEMALA , half the children under five are malnourished. Gloria, 18, began skipping meals and worried about what to feed her young daughter. Cash transfers from Plan International help families like hers afford the staples they need to get by day-to-day while also putting money back into the economy. “I bought food for my child, like corn, apples, melon and meat, and now we eat three times a day,” Gloria says.

IN NIGER , irregular rains have led to failed crops while ongoing conflict has displaced thousands. At this moment, more than 1.7 million people are facing food insecurity. In this video, Kadidjatou shares how her daughter was malnourished until she was able to access Plan International programs that provide food, livestock, farming support and school feeding programs to families.


$252 , 449 The $50 Food Basket gift raised: BY THE NUMBERS GIFTS OF HOPE

The number of people facing acute food insecurity has soared from 135 million in 2019 to 345 million in 2022, and nearly 45 million children under five are suffering from acute malnutrition. “Food baskets –

filled with staples like beans, cooking oil, sugar and fortified cereals – are critical to saving lives and restoring children’s health,” says Emma Patterson, director of Gifts of Hope at Plan International Canada.

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