PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN GUINEA-BISSAU

We've been working in partnership with local communities in Guinea-Bissau since 1995 to help children access their rights to health, education and protection.

CHALLENGES

The West African nation of Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world; civil unrest over the past two decades has intensified the already widespread poverty.
  • Nearly half the population are living in poverty.
  • Around 92% of people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
  • More than 45% of the population cannot read or write - in some poorer areas 88% of females are illiterate.
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Girls play with locally produced dolls made by pre-school teachers.
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Children look after plants in their school garden supported by Plan International.
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A boy who participated in a Plan International birth registration program shows off his new birth certificate.

How we're helping

Outbreaks of cholera are common, and because children are generally less thorough when washing their hands, they are particularly vulnerable to this potentially fatal disease.

Through awareness campaigns, we have helped make sure children learn about good hygiene.

Plan International also runs awareness sessions in communities and through the radio, making sure that everyone knew how to prevent the spread of cholera.

Almost half of all rural families don't have access to safe water, so we have drilled boreholes to give thousands of children easier access to clean water. We're also training teachers, building and repairing schools, and providing books and equipment to ensure children receive a quality education.