We have been working in partnership with local communities in Laos since 2007 to give vulnerable children a better start to life.
Laos is developing rapidly, but the gap between rich and poor is growing, and poverty remains widespread in rural areas.
Nearly a third of the population are living in poverty.
More than four in ten children suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.
Around 30% of people don't have access to safe drinking water.
How we're helping
In villages which are too small to have a preschool, Plan International is helping parents set up playgroups for three to four-year-olds where they play and learn together.
While 85% of children go to primary school, they don't always get a good quality education. We are helping to change this, by building classrooms, training more teachers and providing more books.
In remote areas, many parents don't see the value of education, and prefer their children to work in the fields or look after younger siblings, rather than go to school. We are talking to community leaders and parents to help them understand that education offers their children the chance of a better future.