We have been working in partnership with communities in Senegal since 1982 to help children access their rights to health, education and protection.
With more than half of Senegal's population living on less than US$2 a day, life is a struggle for millions of men, women and children.
Only 50% of adults in Senegal can read and write.
Child marriage is widely accepted - one in three girls is married by the time they're 18.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - each year 30,000 don't live to see their fifth birthday.
How we're helping
Every child deserves a decent education, but sadly not every Senegalese child gets one. Plan International works with communities to help them improve the quality of education and facilities at their schools.
We have set up local playgroups, which are now being run by these communities, so that more children under three are getting the care and support they need.
We are building new classrooms, so that children no longer have to learn outside in all weather conditions. We are also install separate toilets for girls, so they are no longer embarrassed by having to share with boys.