A future through education
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Bik Bok has supported Plan's work for girls since 2011. Bik Bok's own initiative, #GIRLSrighttoeducation, was launched in 2014 in Vietnam. Together with customers, we raised more than three million (NOK) through a three year school project. More than 1200 children received education through the project.
In July 2018, Bik Bok entered into a new three year project collaboration with Plan. This time in Singimari, in northern part of Bangladesh. As many as 78 % of the population here lives below the poverty line. The prevalence of child marriage is therefore particularly high. When a girl in Bangladesh is married, she rarely returns to school, but serves her husband and his family at home, usually under unworthy conditions. As many as 42 % of girls attending school in Bangladesh, leave school during the second grade.
Bik Bok wanted to do something to empower the girls in Bangladesh. Supporting education for girls in Bangladesh through Plan International was a natural and important choice.