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Laos flagCountry Profile

Capital: Vientiane

Language: Lao

Population: 7 million

Plan International has worked in Laos since 2007; helping children in some of the poorest districts access their rights to education and protection.

We work with communities and government education services to provide children with high quality, stimulating preschool and primary education. Plan International also supports activities aimed at preventing violence and abuse in school and communities. In the coming years we will be working to expand our programs in water, sanitation and hygiene, and early childhood nutrition.

Children practicing hand washing
3 boys reading a letter sent from sponsor.
A teacher helps a child point to chalkboard

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • In rural areas, 52% of people don’t have sanitation facilities and 38% don’t have clean drinking water.
  • More than 50% of children do not attend secondary school.
  • 44% of children in Laos suffer from malnutrition .

How your support is helping the Laos:

  • Ensuring primary school children receive quality education to reach essential learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
  • Improving the health and nutrition of expectant women and children under 5 .
  • Coordinating the rehabilitation and construction of new community water systems.
  • Providing protection from all forms of harm and violence against children by establishing support systems for children and parents.
  • Establishing a strong disaster response plan through a commitment to continuous disaster preparedness programs.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 23% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 71 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 68 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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