Plan International began operating in Central African Republic in 2014 to support children to get an education, keep them safe and provide them with food and skills training.
The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is extremely critical. Almost two thirds of the country, (more than 2.3 million people, including more than 1.1 million children) need humanitarian assistance. In addition, there are approximately 470,000 refugees in the country.
The crisis has accentuated the social disintegration of an already fragile state. For instance, the state of basic social services has deteriorated sharply.
Our priorities include:
- Supporting conflict-affected children to get an education
- Helping young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to make a living
- Protecting children from all forms of violence, exploitation and neglect
- Giving young children the best start in life through pre-school centres that address their health, education and safety.
Central African Republic: Back to school after two years of conflict
Nelly (17) was living with her family in the Boda district in the Central African Republic (CAR). When the civil war broke out in 2013, resources became more difficult to come by. Like many other children her age, she had to drop out of school, in her case to sell peanuts and oranges at the local market to help her family make ends meet.
Community-based child protection for conflict-affected children in CAR
This case study describes the role of community-based child protection groups in protecting children in conflict-affected Central African Republic.