We've been working in partnership with local communities in Paraguay since 1984 to provide children with access to education, healthcare and a safe and healthy environment.
A girl plays drums at a Plan civil registration event.
A farmer tends to a goat on his farm as part of a poultry and goat breeding project.
More than 7% of Paraguay's 6.2 million people live in absolute poverty; almost half are under the age of 19.
Children face significant challenges:
- Poor basic sanitation means children live in unhealthy environments.
- School education is of poor quality, with high drop-out rates.
- Rural households have low incomes, and often lack adequate food.
- Violence against women and girls is widespread.
A girl stands beside a garden as part of a Plan child nutrition project.
What We're Doing
Raising healthy children is a team effort. We're working with parents to teach them how to prevent childhood diseases, and with communities to encourage good hygiene practices. We're also partnering with local government to provide clean water and sanitation.
Protecting children is a shared commitment as we help municipalities to prepare for natural disasters and work with government to protect children from violence. We're also lobbying hard for a comprehensive child protection system.
To improve education, we're supporting government to train teachers as part of its national teaching campaign. We're also working with families to develop skills to help their children study, and to increase household incomes so they can afford to keep their children in school. Initiatives range from setting up village banks to providing classes in personal finance.
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