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. When her father became a victim of the war and their family house was burned down, she could no longer continue selling her products at the market. For her to be able to pick up her activities at the market, she was married off to a member of the Anti-Balaka faction who promised her the means to be able to continue selling her products. However, things did not really go as planned, she became pregnant and had a baby at age 17. Her husband, who also used her to spy on the other people in the village to see who among them still had access to money, abandoned her to flee to the mines the moment the power started shifting in her village. When Nelly enrolled in Plan International’s project, she was having difficulty feeding her baby and herself. Thanks to the different facilities the Plan International project provides, such as daycare, young mothers as Nelly are able to find their way back to education.
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.