Key Challenges for children in Guinea
- Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world. About 55% of the population lives below the poverty line. Poverty has enhanced extreme hunger, with almost 30% of the population suffering from chronic malnutrition.
- Child marriage in Guinea has the eighth highest prevalence rate in the world. More than half of girls in Guinea are married before they turn 18, and 19% are married before they turn 15. Poverty, unequal access to education and religion also drive child marriage in the country.
- Guinea’s education systems are deficient, and receiving an education is especially difficult for girls. Quality schooling and teaching needs improvement at all levels.
- The Ebola outbreak from 2014-2015 left over 3,000 Guineans deceased. Though the virus has been eradicated, water and sanitation, agriculture, tourism and healthcare systems have been very negatively affected — especially in vulnerable, rural communities.
How your support is helping children in Guinea
The lack of access to quality education in Guinea puts children’s futures at risk. But because of sponsors like you, Plan International is able to provide school kits to children in need, ensuring access to educational supplies. Support from people like you also helps to increase school enrollment and primary school completion rates.