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A lot of children in Indonesia, street children in particular, end up missing out on having their births registered because the processes involved can be so confusing and expensive. This is why only 37% of street children’s families have tried to apply for their children’s birth certificates. Many applications are unsuccessful because of incomplete paperwork and the lengthy application system.

Birth registration is a fundamental right of all children to ensure they have a legal identity and can thrive and take every opportunity in the increasingly modern, globalised world in which we live. 

Through Plan's partnership with Aviva, we are working with the government of Indonesia to help more street children to get their births registered. 

Today, on the International Day for Street Children, we call for investment in comprehensive, effective, rights-based civil registration and vital statistics system so that all children can access their right to have their births registered.
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Over at Plan Sri Lanka, our friends in the Uva programme unit recently got together with the Buttala Children’s Federation to hold a series of street dramas in 4 schools to mark World Water Day. The dramas were based on the theme of “the impacts of water scarcity” and a whopping 4000 children got to see the action.

Looks like a lot of fun! 
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hope you guys also took part in earthhour on 29th march from 8.30 to 9.30pm and completely blacked out. it's an annual event. go to www.earthhour.org
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How would your life be different if you were unable to prove who you are?

Around the world, 230 million children under the age of 5 have not had their births registered. About 85 million of these children are in Sub-Saharan Africa, while another 135 million are in Asia Pacific. Without birth registration, a child can be denied a legal identity, which can be a big problem later on in life. 

Plan is calling on the international community to take action and step up efforts to ensure all countries have effective, comprehensive and rights based civil registration and vital statistics systems up and running so that all children can access their fundamental right to birth registration.

When children have their births registered, it means they are more likely to grow up with opportunities to go to school, get quality healthcare, travel and find formal employment. As we like to say here at Plan, to make people count, you first need to count people. 

Share this message to help raise awareness about an important issue that doesn't get enough attention. 

#CountEveryChild
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A little Happy for your day.

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Today is a special day. It's International Women's Day. Every year on March 8, people around the world come together to celebrate all of the achievements of women past, present and future from all walks of life.

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911 as more than a million men and women campaigned for women's rights to work, vote and more. We have come a long way in the last 100 years and there is a great deal to celebrate. 

How will you be marking International Women's Day?

#womenday
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Let’s talk about climate change.

After the awesome success of NGO & Civil Society Center, Asian Development Bank ADB's 1st youth Twitter dialogue, it’s time to keep the conversation rolling and get even more people involved.

Youth and Climate Change is the hot topic and @ADBClimate and @ReDrawTheLine will be leading the chatter on 12 March, 3-4 pm Manila time. 

If you have questions or points you'd like to discuss, just send them a message ahead and they’ll make sure to include. 

Looking forward to next week!
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nice idea
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What was your first job and how did you get it?

Baristas in the making Anita and Bharti are taking part in work placement at Costa Coffee as part of Saksham, a Plan India initiative to address youth unemployment, with a special focus on girls. 

The project seeks to build partnerships with civil society organisations, government and the corporate sector while equipping youth with the right kind of skills. More than 3,100 youth are currently being trained with around 1,700 of them are taking part in work experience.
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A comedy movie about obtaining citizenship in #Thailand? Yep, we did it!

Plan Thailand worked with community members in Chiang Mai to produce a short comedy film to raise awareness of the importance of citizenship and how to get registered. The scenes were performed by community members themselves in cooperation with the district office.

Up to 4 million people are stateless in Thailand, mostly in the north, denied citizenship and all the benefits that come with it. This means their movement is often restricted and they can struggle to access basic services like education and health.

Plan advocates for universal birth registration as part of efficient and rights-based civil registration systems.
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What do you know about H20?

Did you know that 768 million people around the world still use unsafe drinking water? (UN Water) Seems like a massive injustice given that we all need water to survive, right? This Saturday, March 22, is a time to shine a light on all issues water-related because it's World Water Day 2014 and we can't wait.

This pic is from Laos, where Plan Laos introduced a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme to strengthen community capacity to improve their own health situation through community-managed improvements to the facilities.

The programme fosters the empowerment of women and girls, especially in relation to decision-making around WASH activities. Plan Laos also works with the provincial and district governments to help them meet their obligations to ensure safe water and sanitation.

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Youth video bloggers, roll out!

Step right up for an awesome opportunity. Here's a chance to be part of the ADB Youth Initiative's Social Media Team for the 2nd Asian Youth Forum. Got an opinion on the role of social media in development? Have your say and get involved.

Find out more here: http://adbyouthinitiative.wordpress.com/dearyouth/
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Supporting child rights in Asia since 1948.
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Plan has been operating in Asia since 1948. We work in 14 countries, helping thousands of very poor communities to fight child poverty and help children realise their full potential.

The world's largest continent, Asia is home to 1.27 billion children of which approximately 600,000,000 suffer from severe deprivation.

Such a magnitude of child poverty is a serious challenge to the economic development of the region, as 600,000,000 severely deprived children quickly grow up to become 600,000,000 very poor adults.