Plan International


Plan International was born in Spain in 1937 driven by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and English volunteer Eric Muggeridge. It was originally called the “Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain” and was intended to help children who were orphaned during the Spanish Civil War.
John Langdon-Davies, founder of Plan International
Langdon-Davies believed that there must be a personal relationship between the child and the godfather, only in this way could he receive the necessary attention. This maxim remains one of the pillars of Plan International. Just thinking that the problems a child faces can be reflected in their lives, helps people see the human face of poverty and, more importantly, teaches them how to be of help .

Plan International carries out relief activities in war zones, organizes emergency assistance plans and carries out long-term projects to assist children, their families and their communities in developing countries.

For 80 years, Plan International has worked with children, their families and their communities. His tireless work based on social responsibility and transparency has cemented his reputation as a humanitarian aid agency highlighted by the ethics, effectiveness and commitment put into each of his projects.

From its birth in 1937 until today, Plan International has become a global organization that directly helps more than 1,500,000 children in 70 countries, international volunteering has become one of the pillars of this global NGO.
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Plan International was born in 1937 under the name of ‘Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain’ to help children whose lives had been ruined by the Spanish Civil War.


During World War II, volunteering takes on an international character and the organization takes its name from the “Foster Parents Plan for War Children” and begins working in England helping expatriate children After the war, the organization extends its service to help children in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and for a short time in Poland, Czechoslovakia and China.
Spanish child welcomed in a French colony

When Europe begins its recovery, Plan International gradually leaves these countries and starts new international aid and volunteer programs in developing countries. The organization removes the reference to war-affected children from its name and becomes a ‘Foster Parents Plan’ to reflect its goal: to make a lasting change in the lives of the most needy children, whether Whatever their circumstances.


Plan International expands its work to countries in Latin America and Asia. The projects are designed to promote the sustainable and sustainable development of children and their families. In 1962, the First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy, is Honorary President of the 25th anniversary.


Plan International begins to expand in South America, Asia and Africa; For this reason the name becomes ‘Plan International’. A few years later the United Nations recognized Plan España International.


Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom join the USA, Australia and the Netherlands, becoming donor countries. The United Nations Economic and Social Council recognizes Plan España International.


Plan International reaches its 60th anniversary of activity in helping children. Offices are opened in France, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and in Korea.


The national offices of Spain, Ireland and Switzerland are opened. The number of donor countries thus reaches 17. The name of Plan International becomes “PLAN”. This denomination is chosen to facilitate the recognition of the organization around the world.

In 2007, the campaign La Ser Nina was launched with the aim of ending gender discrimination affecting millions of girls around the world, and calling for education as a fundamental basis for change. It seeks the empowerment of girls and eliminate the four main issues that affect them: genital mutilation, early pregnancy, violence and forced marriage.


The organization works in more than 50 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and is present in 21 donor countries. In 2015, the name of Plan International is unified for all l