We have been working in partnership with local communities in Paraguay since 1984 to give children a chance to access to education, healthcare and a safe and healthy environment.
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.
Nearly one in two children are living in poverty.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - almost a quarter each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
Around 48% of people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
HOW WE'RE HELPING
Raising healthy children is a team effort. We work with parents to teach them how to prevent childhood diseases, and with communities to encourage good hygiene practices. We also partner with government to provide clean water and sanitation.
Protecting children is a shared commitment as we help municipalities to prepare for natural disasters. 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 children in school. Initiatives range from setting up village banks to providing classes in personal finance.