Last week, DEPDC/GMS received a visit from three representatives of Plan International (Plan) to discuss and finalise plans for the upcoming cooperation of the two organisations. Plan International was represented by Miss Maja Cubarrubia, Plan’s Country Director for Thailand; Mr Wichai Saretawekul, Programme Director at Plan Thailand; and Mr Chanchai Thongsumrit, Plan’s Northern Program Unit Manager. DEPDC/GMS was represented by Sompop Jantraka, Noom Khempetch, Alinda Suya, and Ramjai Jaijoy from the Directing Team of DEPDC/GMS.
Founded over 70 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. Plan is working with more than 3.5m families and their communities in 48 developing countries to alleviate child poverty and promote child rights. Like DEPDC/GMS, Plan is an independent organisation, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan’s work is linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which spells out the human rights of all children, including the right to survive, develop to the fullest, be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
As part of a restructuring process, Plan Thailand will be partnering with local NGOs and CBOs (Community Based Organisations) in delivering programs that will support and protect the rights of children and youth. In the process, Plan hopes to add value in the capacity of the partners to achieve their development objectives. During the meeting, the two delegations discussed and finalised the terms of the planned Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). As part of the cooperation, Plan Thailand will continue to implement Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) and promote Child Rights through joint programmes with DEPDC/GMS. Plan Thailand will also help mobilise resources – including financial support – to support those programmes. In addition, Plan will provide technical and management support and assign a Plan Project Officer to support and oversee the project implementation and monitoring of the DEPDC/GSM-Plan programmes.
The DEPDC/GMS-Plan Thailand joint collaboration will directly contribute towards a unified anti-human trafficking response throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The meeting concluded with the taking of a group photo of the elated participants. For more information about Plan International’s work click here. For a poster about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in child friendly language click here.