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Because I Am A Girl and the Girls Fund

Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to ensure girls in the world’s poorest countries can access the quality education needed to move them from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity. The campaign supports the Girls Fund, which benefits projects for girls around the world.

The campaign began in 2007 and is set to run until at least 2015. The Girls Fund supports a range of projects according to the areas of greatest priority.

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  • Need


    A shocking 75 million girls around the world are not in school. This denies them the opportunity to realise their rights and aspirations, as well as support their family, community and country to life themselves out of poverty. This isn’t fair. Ignoring it isn’t smart. Educated girls are healthier, earn more, are less likely to marry and have children early and more likely to reinvest their income and skills. An extra year of school for girls will increase their lifetime income by 10-20%.


    Because I am a Girl is redressing the balance by tackling the barriers that prevent girls from accessing a quality education through:
    • Undertaking research, providing evidence to support girls’ education
    • Supporting people to use their voice to put pressure on decision makers, getting them to take action and deliver education for girls
    • Delivering projects that directly support girls across the world to realise their rights and access a quality education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Undertaking research, providing evidence to support girls’ education


    » Plan publishes the findings of our reseach annually in the 'State of the World's Girls' report, each of which explores the challenges girls face.

    Drawing on more than 70 years of experience, Plan recognises that idscrimination against girls and women is one of the main underlying causes of child poverty.

    Aim 2

    Supporting people to use their voice to put pressure on decision makers


    » Thousands of Because I am a Girl supporters have already taken action to support girls’ education, with real results.

    For example, after our supporters took action, the UK Government announced an overseas education policy which identified gender inequality as a key priority area.

    Aim 3

    Delivering projects that directly support girls across the developing world


    » Anyone can support the Girls Fund, from a one-off gift to a regular monthly donation. Just £5 per month can be the catalyst for change.

    The Girls Fund supports girls' right to the education needed to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

  • Impact


    For instance, in Tanzania, women with a secondary education were found to be 92% less likely to be married at 18 that those who only attended primary school. Evidence shows that girls who marry later are healthier, less likely to suffer from domestic violence and more likely to be able to choose whether or when to have children. It is estimated that educating girls for five years could boost child survival in Africa by up to 40%.


    Plan works directly with communities to effect lasting changes to the lives of children and their families. We work closely with government departments and community organisations to ensure the sustainability of our projects, which are identified as priorities by the communities themselves.


    Regular supporters of the Girls Fund will receive quarterly updates with all the latest news from Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign, including reports from the current Girls Fund projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Target Plan UK hopes to raise £1m for the Girls Fund over the next two years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    UK General Public £234,094 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Girls Fund has supported projects in Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Bangladesh and projects range from a girl’s football initiative to working directly with communities on the abolition of female genital mutilation. Plan will continue to work long-term with girls and young women. To see the current range of projects supported by the Girls Fund, please visit our website.


    Plan’s research and our own experience have shown that investing in girls’ education has an overwhelmingly positive effect on the health and prosperity of their whole family. That investment in a healthier, better educated and more economically capable generation will, multiplied, have a massive impact on the productivity and economic viability of the country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Plan is one of the world's largest children’s charities. For over 70 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:

     giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
     securing the education of girls and boys
     working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
     inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
     enabling families to earn a living

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Plan UK's Because I Am A Girl Campaign And The Girls Fund

    Anyone can support the Girls Fund, from a one-off gift to a regular monthly donation. Just £5 per month can change a girl's life.