PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN PAKISTAN

We've been working in Pakistan since 1997 to support the country's poorest and most marginalised children, from providing essential health services to a quality education.

CHALLENGES

Pakistan has enormous potential, but our work continues as numerous challenges remain.
  • Girls are vulnerable to child marriage - nearly one in four is married by 18.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 409,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
  • Around 66% of people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
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Young reporters who received film training from Plan International making a film about girls' rights.
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Children taking part a self defence activity supported by Plan International.
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A girl demonstrates how to wash her hands at a hygiene training session supported by Plan International.

How we're helping

Every child in Pakistan has the right to an education. But many children from poor families never start school. Many girls and boys are forced by their families to beg on the streets where they are at risk of disease, abuse and harassment.

Plan International is working to help children find a way into school. We provide drop-in centres where they can get a hot meal, play and learn to read and write. Teenagers are offered training in vocational skills so they can earn a living and make a better life for themselves.

Children are getting the chance to enrol at a primary school and dream about a bright future, for the first time in their life.