June 28, 2020
Sierra Leone: Food Distributions Ease The Burden On Vulnerable Families In Sierra Leone
15-year-old Ramatu was abandoned by her parents ten years ago after they left her with her grandmother to travel to the diamond-rich town of Kono ten years ago in search of a… Read more »
Mali: "Even Though COVID-19 Threatens Us Daily, I Can't Stop My Fight"
"Before COVID-19, I was free to do what I wanted to do, I went about my business and didn't have to worry about what tomorrow will bring," says Maman. The consequences of the… Read more »
Ghana: COVID-19 School Closures Are Putting Girls Risk Of Abuse
“I do not want to be counted as a survivor of sexual violence so I will keep fighting,” says Angela*, 14, from Ghana’s Eastern Region. Read more »
Ghana: Let's Talk about periods - Tackling Taboos in Ghana
In a hilly community in Ghana’s Upper Manya Krobo district, girls and young women are raised with a lot of cultural traditions and very little knowledge about menstruation.… Read more »
Cameroon: Building The Capacity Of Media Professionals On Child Safeguarding And Reporting Amid COVID-19
“It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to be trained on best practices in humanitarian reporting with a focus on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been… Read more »
Cameroon: COVID-19 Training For Health Workers In Cameroon
“We have had the opportunity to strengthen the participants’ capacities and give them the attitudes and skills that will enable them to prevent the spread of the… Read more »
Burkina Faso: On The Frontline With Wendemi The Driver
Wendemi joined Plan International in February 2020: "When I told my wife I was going to the East, she was worried," he explains. This region of Burkina Faso is one of the most… Read more »
Ghana: 'No Pad Tax' Demand Young People In Ghana
Youth activists supported by Plan International in Ghana have come together to advocate on an issue that affects every girl and woman in the country – the high cost of buying… Read more »
June 24, 2020
Mali: Mali's girl leaders make themselves heard in fight against COVID-19
“You are the virus! You want to infect us," say some people when they meet the group of girl advocates out in their community in Mali raising awareness about COVID-19. It is… Read more »
Burkina Faso: COVID-19 is making girls vulnerable to early marriage in Burkina Faso
In May, in the Centre-East region of Burkina Faso, a 15-year-old girl was persuaded by an older man to leave her parents to get married. This story could be written about thousands… Read more »
Sierra Leone: 'You Will Be Married, Or You Will Leave My House'
After eating her favourite meal of rice and cassava leaves, Aminata's father, who has taken care of her since her mother died when she was seven years old, said he wanted to speak… Read more »
Mali: Ensuring PASS+ pupils continue their studies at home
"I didn't have the chance to go to school when I was younger because I was sick all the time and the school is about 6km from our village,” explains 12-year-old Alama who… Read more »
Guinea: Ibrahima - "Coronavirus is not a shameful disease"
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected thousands of people in Guinea since the first cases were reported in March 2020. The virus has touched people of all ages and status, including… Read more »
Ghana: What does it mean to be an African child?
Deborah is a second-year student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. As a former sponsored child with Plan International, she has a keen interest in issues around… Read more »
Burkina Faso: Student becomes the teacher to train classmates in hygiene skills
With schools now starting to re-open in Burkina Faso after a long closure to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the first thing 14-year-old Roufaïata wanted to do was teach her… Read more »
June 13, 2020
Cameroon: Caught between conflict and coronavirus in Cameroon
“After doing my chores in the mornings, I used to go to the support centre for my studies. But now, I can’t any more because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now I stay at… Read more »
Guinea: "For us, this is a struggle for the right to life"
People living with disabilities face unique challenges which have been heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic, including equal access to health care, support and information, as… Read more »
Niger: Hadjara - "Be the change you want to see"
An active youth campaigner in Niger’s Dosso region, 21-year-old Hadjara is known for her charisma, passion and and determination to promote and defend children’s… Read more »
Liberia: Young people step up their fight against GBV during the COVID-19 crisis
24-year-old Mawatta leads the Girls Advocacy Alliance in her hometown in Lofa county, in the north western corner of Liberia. Her team of youth ambassadors, which includes young… Read more »
June 02, 2020
Nigeria: Feeding more than 56,000 displaced people across Borno state
Following the outbreak of the highly contagious coronavirus in Nigeria, Plan International has been taking steps to provide critical support to vulnerable displaced communities… Read more »
Togo: "Things are changing, and deaf people are being left behind"
Sisters Fatouma, 18, and Koumba, 16, are both deaf. They are the eldest of six children and live with their family in Lomé, the capital of Togo. Since the start of the… Read more »
Senegal: "My main weapons: my smartphone and my voice"
It’s been almost 60 days since Senegal confirmed its first case of COVID-19, and the country is now under lockdown as the number of cases continue to rise at a worrying rate.… Read more »
Niger: "Everyone has a role to play in the fight against coronavirus"
The world is under attack from COVID-19 and Africa has not been spared. In Niger, a country which is simultaneously facing multiple humanitarian crises including conflict,… Read more »
Niger: Protecting street children - The youth tackling COVID-19 in Niger
Young people are taking up the challenge to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Niger. With the support of Plan International, youth organisations are using social media and going… Read more »
Mali: Young people use radio to raise COVID-19 awareness in Mali
"Despite the prevention measures enacted by the government, people are struggling to respect them, which represents a great risk for the spread of the pandemic. This is mainly due… Read more »