Planet Aid Celebrates Day of the African Child

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Planet Aid is today celebrating the International Day of the African Child. To celebrate the successes achieved thus far, Planet Aid shares the story of one of the thousands of African children that has benefited from its sustainable development projects.

The Day of the African Child has been commemorated every year on June 16 since its inception in 1991. Planet Aid is joining with other organizations to celebrate the day and is sharing a story on its website about one of the many children it has reached.

The Day of the African Child serves as a global reminder for communities, governments, and organizations to continue working towards improving the well-being of children throughout the continent. There are 247 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa that are deprived of basic human rights like water, education, health, or shelter.

Encouragingly, significant progress continues to be made in these arenas, especially in education—the proportion of children enrolled in primary or secondary school has increased by 54 percent since 1990, more than any other developing region.

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Planet Aid is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is registered with USAID as a private voluntary organization. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, Planet Aid collects and recycles used clothing and shoes as part of its environmental mission. The net proceeds from its 21-state recycling operation help to support projects aimed at eliminating poverty. Since its inception in 1997, Planet Aid has provided more than $100 million to support projects on three continents. Planet Aid supports programs in education, teacher training, nutrition and agricultural and economic development.

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