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By William Hamilton
PBN Staff Writer
Plan USA is one of Rhode Island’s largest nonprofit agencies, and one of its least known to local residents. Ahuma Adodoadji, the organization’s president and CEO, is working to change that.
With a $48 million operating budget and a staff of 79 in its Warwick headquarters, the international charity has a considerable presence in Rhode Island. It has another 16 employees in Washington D.C., plus offices in countries throughout the world. It is aimed at helping children thrive in developing countries.
To introduce themselves to the business community, Adodoadji and Plan USA are organizing a luncheon next month. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri is expected to attend, and invitations are being extended to local business leaders.
PBN: You have a sizable presence here in Warwick, with a large office building and a staff of nearly 80. How did the nonprofit come to be in Rhode Island?
ADODOADJI: I don’t know. Plan was incorporated in New York, and then they decided New York was too expensive. I believe there must have been a board member who either came from Rhode Island or was associated with the state. He suggested the agency move to Rhode Island.
PBN: Give me an overview of what Plan USA does.
ADODOADJI: The focus of Plan has been children, working for a world in which children have a better quality of life, access to education, health, food. We work to make the world better for children, families and communities around the world.
We frame our program around four pillars – a child has the right to survival after they are born, they have a right to develop, they have a right to protection from abuse, and they have a right to participate. Currently we are involved with 67 countries around the world, reaching about 10 million children.
PBN: Does Plan USA focus any of its efforts on children in the United States?